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Bilco UK chosen by British Museum for pioneering new gallery

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With a permanent collection of around eight million pieces, the British Museum is continuously evolving and updating to ensure it provides one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world.

As part of this ongoing commitment, the British Museum has undergone a three-year renovation project, creating a pioneering gallery that provides visitors with creative and interactive ways to engage with artefacts.

Throughout the project, Bilco UK was specified by global architects, HoK, to supply 21 innovative and resilient SS-50TB ladder access roof hatches to allow for regular maintenance activities in the roof void area of the new exhibition space.

The roof hatches were specifically made in bespoke sizes by Bilco UK and were chosen due to their ability to sympathetically blend into the exterior of the new lead roof because of their high-quality PPC finish.

Regular access to the roof of the new gallery was another leading consideration throughout the specification process, with the SS-50TB’s compression spring operators allowing for frequent, safe and secure one-hand operation, regardless of hatch size.

The hatches’ thermally-broken cover and specialised frame design ensure superior thermal performance, while the design of the hinges safeguards against external elements to deliver the highest standards in longevity, performance and functionality.

The final result is an aspirational exhibition space that showcases the breadth of the Islamic world through an interactive environment that allows for safe and regular maintenance.

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