The true form and functionality of Burlington’s natural stone is no better exemplified than at Rutherglen Town Hall in Glasgow where some 460m2 of Elterwater stone flooring has been specified in a spectacular two-storey Atrium-styled extension.

Designed by Tony McGuire, Project Architect at South Lanarkshire Council, the newly-built atrium features Burlington’s light green Elterwater stone in 12mm thick honed bands that are 200, 300 and 400mm wide and laid in random lengths. Corresponding skirtings and a reception desk and bar area featuring the same stone help complete the dramatic effect of the Atrium.

A sympathetic addition to the original 1862 Grade A listed building, the design concept of the Atrium was to provide a ‘glass box’ that would be of minimal intrusion against the original building. Comprising a fully glazed roof and several glazed external walls, the Atrium has a lightweight minimal design that offers panoramic visibility and views to the Town Hall’s clocktower. Glasgow-based architects, Honeyman Jack & Robertson, were responsible for the conservation aspects of the project.

Tony McGuire comments: “Providing some 400 square metres at ground level and 200 square metres at the upper mezzanine level, the Atrium serves a variety of purposes and, as well as being open to the public, it can be hired out for private functions. Hence it was vital that the flooring offered durability and ease of maintenance.”

He added: “Burlington’s stone was also specified for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to match the original stone walls of the building in accordance with Historic Scotland’s requirements. Likewise, the stone also provides the ideal compliment to the Atrium’s other primary features that includes natural sandstone walls, glass screens and feature floor panels, stainless steel balustrading, recessed up-lighters and white painted plaster walls.”

Whilst the ground floor of the Atrium comprises a café and projectional wall with the capability for use as a function/exhibition area with kitchen and toilets discreetly located under the mezzanine, the upper floor hosts a bar and associated seating area.

In addition to its use as flooring, Burlington’s natural stone flooring can be used on stairwells, as treads and risers, and for wall cladding, enabling a design theme to be continued within any overall scheme. For further information on Burlington’s range of natural stone products view www.burlingtonstone.co.uk

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