Architecture and Construction
A modern composite laminate, Glass Reinforced Plastic is a versatile and well proven construction material that has been in use for over 50 years in a variety of architectural roles, replacing more traditional building materials.
The light weight, strength, thermal stability, corrosion resistance and fire retardent properties of GRP and fibreglass laminates (British Standard class 0/1 476) offers far more design freedom to architects and developers.
Architectural fibreglass mouldings include: Wet room and shower flooring
Wet rooms, shower rooms and bathrooms are vulnerable areas for water penetration. Potential solutions include; purpose made shower pans, wetroom trays or on-site GRP barrier layer fitting. See also GRP Planters.
Roof systems, cladding & sidings
GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) roofing and cladding systems are a seamless, leak-free and extremely cost effective alternative to traditional pressed steel or aluminium panels. Long-lasting and robust, stuart:pease GRP roofing can be manufactured to any profile or shape of roof, including over-door canopy forms.
Fibreglass is also the ideal weatherproof and mouldable material for the construction of bespoke exterior features and housings such as the air conditioning tower, produced by stuart:pease and illustrated to the left.
Interior and exterior feature production
Wherever standardised architectural products are required, GRP offers an extremely cost effective solution to the volume production of doors, walkway plates, handrails, platforms, staircases, fencing… the range is as wide as it’s applications. See stuart:pease’ design & development service
Architects and designers recognise the special qualities of fibreglass within a variety of interior settings. When back lit, the material’s translucency, with the density and colour varied according to choice, offers a further dimension of design freedom.
GRP as a primary structural material
Whilst fibreglass composites are widely used within the construction industry for the strengthening or refurbishment of existing buildings, it is less well known that laminates can be engineered and utilised to form the whole of a primary structure.
The strength, light weight and reduced construction complexity of GRP offers several, significant, advantages over heavy building materials. More on Architectural & construction GRP.