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BESAM And Sapa Launch New Blast Protection Door And Façade Systems

At an event at the Sofitel, Heathrow Terminal 5, Besam and Sapa Building Systems announced the launch of the Besam ADS Blast Protection range of automatic doors and the Sapa Elegance PF and Powerframe range of curtain walling, windows and manual doors, all designed to provide maximum blast protection and security whilst also providing a cost effective, high performance and reliable solution.

Developed in a joint partnership between Besam and Sapa Building Systems Limited, the Besam and Sapa blast protection ranges offer an outstanding and integrated solution that combines the expertise of both companies in producing a complete door and façade system which answers the security requirements of modern high risk buildings.

The keynote speech at the event was given by General Sir Mike Jackson, Chief of the General Staff and Head of the Army until 2006 and former Commander of British Forces in Iraq, who spoke of his experiences of irregular warfare and commented upon the importance of the building acting as the last line of defence in protecting the people that occupy them.

The launch was also attended by many prominent specialists in the blast protection field and construction professionals who congratulated Besam and Sapa on producing a full range products that represented a significant development in the provision of additional blast protection in modern buildings and on an informative presentation upon the subject of blast protection.

Protecting against the effects of Blast
A blast is an extremely rapid release of energy which takes four forms; light, sound, heat and shockwave – the most deadly. To mitigate all of these a façade system needs to have a suitable structure, special fixings, enhanced framing and specific glazing. The design of the system has to be ‘Balanced’, with no element stronger than the weakest element as stronger elements will have a negative effect on the overall integrity of the structure.

Dr. John Wyatt, Blast Protection Consultant to the UN for Europe and North Africa, commented, ‘I was pleased with the work they have done so far and would congratulate them on the speed with which they have tackled this complicated problem. They now have a good product for a particular threat level.’

Fully tested to withstand blast
The Besam and Sapa blast protection ranges have been fully tested by an independent test body, GL Industrial Services Limited, which was in turn monitored and evaluated by leading blast engineering consultants TPS Consult Limited. The system passed a level of testing which represented a 100kg TNT car bomb exploding at a 23.5m standoff, providing a certification of ISO EXV 25 Hazard Rating B.

Graham Hurrell, Director of Specification Sales at Sapa comments, ‘Our experience in the development of protective fenestration systems has allowed us to work closely with Besam on the development of this outstanding blast protection door system in addition to our window and curtain wall products. There has been comprehensive testing of the systems and they passed with flying colours.’

A new standard in blast protection
The result of the partnership between Besam and Sapa is a comprehensive and co-ordinated blast protection system that sets new standards for performance and scope, offering a wide range of options and protection that can be relied upon.

Jonathan Nobbs, Product Sales Manager, Besam, commented, ‘This is a significant development for Besam in the field of blast protection. We have been working with Sapa for many years in developing new products and this system shows what can be achieved when manufacturers combine their expertise and work together.’

A range that offers choice with protection
The Besam ADS Blast Protection system, in conjunction with Sapa’s Elegance PF and Powerframe ranges, offers a complete range of choices including the incorporation of the proven and widely used UniSlide automation system, a high performance purpose designed door leaf and side screen system, a rigorously tested swing door solution and a standard door rail and stile sight lines system that allows a mix of entrance, window and curtain wall systems on one facade with a shared aesthetic and integrated performance.

This breakthrough product sets the standard in automated blast protection door and façade systems, not only in protection but also in size, offering the largest panel and pane sizes available on the market for greater flexibility and design choice.

The systems have been developed to provide protection in a wide range of applications including transport hubs, military installations, government buildings, petro-chemical structures and other buildings where there is a medium to high risk of exposure to blast.

Besam and Sapa both hope that this new system will save many lives in years to come.


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