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Preparing for Martyn’s Law with Pure Vista

Monday November 13, 2023

Anti-terror Glass Balustrade

For further information on our anti-terror frameless glass balustrade please contact our technical team who will be able to assist you.

BLASTguard and BULLETguard are Pure Vista’s anti-terror frameless glass balustrades. One is able to withstand a blast and the other stops a bullet. The use of these frameless balustrades in a building can reduce damage and save lives. The fully patented design is easy to install. BLASTguard has a 3.00kN loading to BSI Standards and BULLETguard has 1.50kN loading. Used in stadiums, offices, airports and train stations globally, this channel is rapidly growing in popularity.

Protect Duty has definitely increased the interest and sales of this product. Organisations and architects have become more aware of their increased responsibility to provide safe environments. Glass balustrade is a solution that protects while blending into the building design. Glass seamlessly blends into the background or it can be highlighted as a feature, whichever is chosen, the positioning is important.

If you’re considering using a frameless glass balustrade for safety aspects, you should take time to deliberate about areas that people will gather and how they can be shielded. Using glass is a clever way to increase anti-terror protection without giving the impression an area is a potential threat. This fortified balustrade is currently being installed on the HS2 project. It is used throughout the main stations and airports to add safety barriers and anti-terror protection.

Martyn’s Law (Protect Duty) is a pledge by the government to improve safety and security at public venues and places. It appears that all Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) that have a capacity of more than 100 people will be required to implement some change. The requirements range from staff training to implementing suitable mitigation measures to PALs. The GOV website includes details of public consultations. The results show that the government would need to support, through funding and resources, any organisations that would be required to make any changes. It’s expected that by early 2024 this will become legislation.

BLASTguard was the first completely frameless, bomb-resistant glass balustrade on the anti-terror market place. Where a bomb blast is a perceived threat, 3kN glass balustrade can be used. Using screw-clamp technology, the glass can be aligned for a perfect finish. The fortified MEGAgrip is ideal for public locations where crowding is likely. Currently installed as a safety barrier in stadiums, London train stations, underground stations, airports, hospitals and large music venues around the world.

BULLETguard is typically installed in public areas, as a protective screen to ensure the safety of a particular delegate, speaker, politician or celebrity who may be at risk. Another fortified variation of the MEGAgrip channel, this variation wields a different result, safety from bullets instead of a blast.

Pure Vista supply organisations globally with quick delivery and unparalleled technical support.  Aiding on infrastructure design, the positioning of a balustrade can be the answer to containing a blast. The team at the Pure Vista offices in Cornwall, can provide expert technical advice to aid in the planning and design process.

Key benefits of MEGAgrip Balustrade

Appropriate for commercial and anti-terror use. – MEGAgrip can be fortified using a conversion kit to become bomb-resistant and bullet proof.

Fast and easy to install and adjust. – one of the simplest balustrade systems to fit and adjust thanks to its patented screw clamp technology.

Lightweight and strong. – Precision engineered using extruded Aluminium with a hollowed-out core to provide an incredible strength to weight ratio.

Can be used with a wide range of glass types. – a highly versatile channel which can be used with glass thicknesses of 25mm-33mm using toughened PVB laminate glass or SentryGlas.

Glass can be removed and changed easily. – easy to assemble and disassemble, making the replacement of glass panels easy, glass will need to be replaced once damaged.

Fully accredited up to 3.00kN. – MEGAgrip is accredited and approved by multiple organisations to verify that it meets national and international building regulations for use as edge protection,  up to 3.00kN force loading.

MEGAgrip Silver Brushed Base Drilled Channel 01

Technical Information

MEGAgrip is approved by multiple organisations to verify that it meets national and international building regulations for use as edge protection. After installation, if required, glass panels can be removed and replaced. If MEGAgrip is initially installed, it can later be fortified to become BLASTguard or BULLETguard. The BLASTguard balustrade channel itself is lightweight and strong, the hollow core provides an incredible strength to weight ratio. The channel is anodised to 25 microns, meets BSI standards and is compliant to ASIAD Class 1 & 2 compliant to ISO 16933:2007. BULLETguard has up to 1.5kN loading to BSI standards and is rated to FB5(NS) to EN 1522 and EN 1523. The same channel is used for BLASTguard, BULLETguard and MEGAgrip, this channel can be base fixed (or side fixed if it is not fortified). This channel can be installed with glass up to 1800mm high.

For further information on our anti-terror frameless glass balustrade please contact our technical team who will be able to assist you.

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Written November 2023

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