The former press and broadcast centre in London’s Olympic Park has been transformed into the one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe, with Brett Martin Daylight Systems’ Marlon Clickfix RL glazing system glazed with Marlon Clickfix 1040 polycarbonate, providing a low pitch rooflight which maximises natural light and creates a bright, appealing and naturally-lit environment for a range of businesses.

From a design by Hawkins Brown, Here East is a major new 1.2 million sq ft development in Stratford that is set to transform creative and digital industries in London. Comprising three buildings – the former press and broadcast centres, and a 750-seat auditorium – the challenge for the main contractor was converting what were once windowless and cavernous warehouses into eye-catching, daylight-filled buildings with sustainability at their core. Central to the design was the specification of 34 Marlon Clickfix RL rooflights glazed in clear Marlon Clickfix 1040 polycarbonate to ensure the offices and shops below were bright, appealing and flooded with natural light.

Commenting on the specification, Steve Higgins of Brett Martin said “One of the challenges for the architect was finding a thermally-efficient rooflight solution which would work at a low 7° pitch. Marlon Clickfix RL provided the the most adaptable solution and ensured a fast and straightforward installation for roofing and cladding contractor, Lakesmere.”

A lightweight polycarbonate panel, Marlon Clickfix 1040 has integral interlocking connections that simply click into place forming glazed areas of unlimited size and shape. The 40mm structured polycarbonate glazing panel has 10 insulating walls to achieve a U-value of 0.99 W/m²K, for a high performing and thermally-efficient glazing solution. It has a choice of thermally broken aluminium glazing bar systems depending on the application. The Marlon Clickfix RL glazing bar system – used at Here East – has been designed for use in low pitch rooflights and canopies, whilst Marlon Clickfix VF has been specifically developed for vertical installations such as façades, partitioning, rain screens and northlights.

Marlon Clickfix 1040 provides high quality natural light, superior thermal insulation and UV protection. In addition to the impact resistance, resilience and structural strength that is inherent in all of Brett Martin’s high performance polycarbonate sheet products, it is also lightweight and easy to handle.

With this state-of-the-art digital tech quarter now complete, Brett Martin Daylight Systems will demonstrate once again that introducing natural light into spaces is central to achieving the required performance of highly sustainable buildings.

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With the pop-up culture seen as a flexible, fast and low-cost solution to revitalising and unlocking urban environments, Brett Martin Daylight Systems’ lightweight and robust Marlon CS profiled polycarbonate glazing panels have maximised daylight and been an integral element in the creation of Boxpark Croydon, a new pop-up mall featuring a range of shopping and dining venues.

Located next to East Croydon train station and designed by architects BDP as part of the mixed-use Ruskin Square Development, Boxpark Croydon has been built from 96 stripped and refitted shipping containers arranged around a covered courtyard space which can be used for year-round events. To bring natural daylight and to provide cover to the central piazza which has drawn inspiration from Covent Garden, the specification of single-skin Marlon CS Longlife ensured this project met the fast- build programme.

The early involvement of Brett Martin technical team on the project ensured the most appropriate daylighting solution was chosen which met the individual daylighting and aesthetic requirements of the project.

The project saw the creation of a transparent roof made up of 1331m2 of 2mm thick Marlon CS Longlife glazing panels in three pre-cut sizes and installed at a pitch of 5 degrees.

Commenting on the project, Daniel Isaac, Area Business Manager at Brett Martin Daylight Systems said; “We recommended a pitch of 5 degrees to avoid any water ingress issues in the space below and advised on fixing methods which included 2mm thick EPDM dry seal compression tape at the end laps due to longer overlaps.”

In addition to the impact resistance, resilience and structural strength inherent in all of Brett Martin’s high performance polycarbonate sheet products, Marlon CS Longlife is also lightweight and easy to handle. With an unrivalled range of profile options, it can be used to form complete roof coverings or can be incorporated into any corrugated metal roofing and cladding system, from simple single skin to advanced composite panels.

By incorporating Brett Martin’s Marlon CS Profiled Polycarbonate sheet, visitors to BoxPark will be able to enjoy a bright, airy environment that is protected from the extremes of wet weather as well as protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Offering long-term performance, Marlon CS Longlife polycarbonate comes with a co-extruded UV protection layer and carries a 10-year warranty on light transmission and durability, guaranteeing daylight into this pop-up mall for years to come.

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