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Read how Lindapter Lindapter Hollo-Bolts provided an engineered solution for securing an impressive stainless steel façade at Birmingham New Street.

In recent years Birmingham New Street railway station and the Pallasades Shopping Centre had become the subject of criticism for congestion and their utilitarian 1960’s architecture.

To manage increased passenger numbers and improve the aesthetics, an ambitious redevelopment scheme of the area known as the “Birmingham Gateway” project was embarked upon.

The aim was to transform the railway station and the surrounding area to create a stunning 21st century 

transport hub. One of the most important and complex aspects of the transformation would be the 20,000 m2 

of mirrored stainless steel façade consisting of over 8,500 panels, connected by half a million fixings. 

Network Rail specified that these fixings must exceed the 40 year life expectancy of the stainless steel panels.

Metal façade engineering and construction specialists Martifer were appointed to design, manufacture and install the cladding. Along with Network Rail engineers they explored cladding fixings from around the world and even considered riveted connections used by BAE Systems on fighter jet aircraft. Network Rail approached Lindapter to see if they had a suitable product and were introduced to the Technical Support and Research & Development teams. A solution was proposed that would reduce the size of an existing Hollo-Bolt product – a high performance expansion bolt that requires access to only one side of a Structural Hollow Section (SHS). Within weeks Lindapter had designed and manufactured prototypes of an M5 version of a countersunk Hollo-Bolt with stainless steel finish. During laboratory testing at Martifer’s head office in Portugal the fixing successfully passed a 45 year corrosion test, proving it could exceed the life expectancy stipulated by Network Rail, which resulted in Lindapter being awarded the contract

Metal façade engineering and construction specialists Martifer were appointed to design, manufacture and install the cladding. Along with Network Rail engineers they explored cladding fixings from around the world and even considered riveted connections used by BAE Systems on fighter jet aircraft. Network Rail approached Lindapter to see if they had a suitable product and were introduced to the Technical Support and Research & Development teams. A solution was proposed that would reduce the size of an existing Hollo-Bolt product – a high performance expansion bolt that requires access to only one side of a Structural Hollow Section (SHS). Within weeks Lindapter had designed and manufactured prototypes of an M5 version of a countersunk Hollo-Bolt with stainless steel finish. During laboratory testing at Martifer’s head office in Portugal the fixing successfully passed a 45 year corrosion test, proving it could exceed the life expectancy stipulated by Network Rail, which resulted in Lindapter being awarded the contract

The specification of Hollo-Bolts provided Network Rail with a solution which exceeded their 40 year life expectancy condition whilst also meeting safety and maintenance requirements. Hollo-Bolts complemented the design of the polished façade, thanks to the neat countersunk head design and stainless steel finish

Key Benefits

Made from corrosion resistant stainless steel 

Fast, cost saving installation from one side

Attractive, architectural countersunk head 

Suitable for square, rectangular and circular hollow section

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