|Client:||Glasgow Women's Library|
|Approved Installer:||Facades Ltd|
Built in 1906, this Carnegie Library was undergoing major refurbishment, both internally and externally, to bring it up to 21st Century standards and enable it to become the home of Glasgow Women's Library.
The two storey building has 760mm thick rubble-filled sandstone walls with thick render. A new steel lift shaft, fully clad with CNC cut feature cladding, was to be built onto the external façade of the gable wall which required two new openings on ground and first floor levels, providing accessibility to the first floor level. An old flue inside the confines of the gable ran directly within these two openings and needed to be retained to serve the existing basement plantroom. The wall required consolidating to secure the external leaf to the internal leaf and to allow the new openings to be created.
SockFix grouted anchors were chosen to stabilise the wall as they use diamond-cored holes, so very little vibration was passed to the friable substrate. The injection of grout under very low pressure meant the SockFix system installation was very gentle on the surrounding substrate and possible voids did not impede installation or effectiveness of the anchors, maximising their bond between the internal and external leaves.