Wrightstyle provides curtain wall glazing system to protect Saudi hospital from high-level attack

by Brianna Crandall — February 22, 2017 — Wrightstyle, a U.K.-based supplier of steel and aluminum glazing systems, was selected to complete a prestigious healthcare project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The curtain wall glazing system contract is for some 2,000 square meters of external protection to VIP areas of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, which has over 900 beds and some 7,000 staff.

The contract is of particular significance as the company believes that it is one of the largest high-level security projects ever specified. Not only does the curtain wall glazing system have to accommodate extremely thick and heavy glass and resist a high-level attack, it has to span a significant double-floor height and fit within a limited glazing zone so to seamlessly integrate with the standard glazing used adjacent to it.

Wrightstyle says its SR60 curtain wall glazing system meets all the specified challenges, with its 4mm-thick steel profiles, and says the contract underlines the specialist nature of the protective glazing industry, with Wrightstyle’s integrated steel-and-glass systems being rigorously tested worldwide for a range of international markets.

“Our systems provide protection against a wide range of high security ballistic and blast threats, as well as a conventional range of protective levels against fire, smoke and toxic gases,” said Lee Coates, Wrightstyle’s technical director. “We have independently tested our systems against both car and lorry bomb attack, and our systems are designed to provide up to 120 minutes of integrity and insulation. We also have specialist accreditation in the USA and Far East, giving us worldwide reach.

The King Faisal hospital is the national referral center for oncology, organ transplantation, cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences and genetic diseases, and provides a full range of tertiary, secondary and primary health care services. The hospital, an international center of excellence, has been undergoing building development to house facilities for cancer and liver disease, a National Biotechnology Center and a Royal wing.

Wrightstyle is also currently supplying to a project in the USA and to a major arts institute in Hong Kong. The company has recently supplied to hotel and infrastructure projects in Qatar and a major retail project in the Lebanon, and was a supplier to the Dubai Metro. It has also supplied to projects across the UAE and Egypt.