Star cast for glazing company

East Anglia-based English Architectural Glazing is reaching for the stars after winning a prestigious contract to work on the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

East Anglia-based English Architectural Glazing is reaching for the stars after winning a prestigious contract to work on the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

EAG, based at Mildenhall, has been contracted by Gardiner and Theobald Construction Management to create a spectacular mirrored glass structure known as a discoid which will be used to reflect an image of the sky.

The discoid will be a key feature of the new state of the art Peter Harrison Planetarium which is being built as part of the £15 million Time and Space project at the 330 year old observatory, world-famous as the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line.

EAG project manager Brian Smith said: “The structure is quite unique and will be constructed from a disc of glass with reflective coating and a coloured interlayer just like a mirror.


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“Although we have done similar sorts of work before with the same substructure it's taken a lot of careful planning to get it right. It's very exciting to be involved in such an important development for the observatory.”

Although work on the discoid will not begin until September, the EAG team will start installing rooflights and glass sliding doors for the foyer of the 120 seat planetarium next month as part of the £210,000 contract. The planetarium is due to open in spring 2007.

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