Standing tall, standing safe

Skyscrapers with glittering glazed facades are a frequent sight in many of the world’s major cities— but how can we protect them against fire spread?

Curtain wall systems are a popular choice of facade in many urban habitats, but their variable natural movement can make it difficult to ensure effective passive fire protection at the slab edge. To support architects and specifiers working with these systems, Siderise have developed a range of solutions specifically designed for this application, helping to simplify specification and detailing, and ensure safe and long-lasting buildings.

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A recent example of this is Renaker’s iconic Deansgate Square in Manchester. The residential development offers 1,508 luxury apartments across four striking high-rise towers, each clad with a fully glazed unitised curtain walling system in a geometric pattern. To meet the passive fire protection requirements for the project, cladding contractors Focchi specified the Siderise CW-FS Curtain Wall Fire Stop System, containing perimeter barriers and firestops specifically designed and tested for curtain walling applications. The Siderise CW-FS 120 Fire Stops installed throughout the development helped to seal the gap between the external curtain walling system and the floor slab whilst maintaining continuity of fire resistance. Read the full case study here.