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Laidlaw has successfully played their part in a £8m refurbishment project handled by Houlton Construction for Sheffield Hallam University. The improvements to the university included the creation of a stunning new atrium linking the two buildings, with opportunities for galleries, collaborative spaces and social learning as well as a cutting-edge chemistry lab.

Laidlaw has been working with education providers for years to ensure that handrails and balustrades are compliant, functional and set the tone for the building. Laidlaw has undertaken a variety of projects; from creating an impressive entrance using structural glass and steel to installing trusted nylon handrails into high traffic areas such as access ramps and staircases. It is this experience that enables their team to understand the motivations and concerns driving decisions within the education sector. Their team can help to make suggestions based on past projects that will ensure the safety of those entering, exiting and moving around the building.

The Solution

The requirement was to create a visually stunning but safe area of travel for the students between the train station and the various university buildings. Laidlaw Balustrades designed, manufactured and installed the structural glass balustrade system on the bridge connecting the train station to the university buildings as well as the main through staircase.


How Laidlaw Helped

The balustrade is set at angles and at low levels which allows the design to blend in seamlessly with the contemporary look of the building. Laidlaw has worked hand-in-hand with the contractor Houlton’s on many occasions, being able to deliver varied projects to multiple sites around the UK including Hull University.

The Laidlaw Team

Lee Thompson

Technical Balustrade Sales Executive

Sheffield Hallam University

Sukhi Bassi BSc Hons, MSc

HRB Business Unit Manager

Adrian Flavell

Installations Manager

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