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Turning Back The Crowds: Framed Grandstand Barriers

The X3000 series is part of the UNEX Extreme Barriers range, which has been specifically engineered to comply with the building code classes required for public and crowded areas. The series is available in a framed baluster or framed glass option and is ideal for use in sporting facility grandstands.

Most recently, the framed glass option was installed at the new National Hockey Centre, a $75m facility in Albany on Auckland’s north shore. The main stand has capacity for 450 spectators so the X3000 series was specified as it has the highest load rating of any aluminium balustrade — capable of withstanding greater than 3kN of sustained force, or the same as if all 450 spectators were to hit the balustrade at the same time.

UNEX Architectural Barriers installed 170 lineal metres of X3000 framed glass balustrading at the National Hockey Centre. The X3000 series was the obvious choice as it features a 90mm-wide span and a slimmer profile over its X1500 series stablemate. The top rail and posts were given a Silver Pearl powder coat finish, which when viewed at a distance almost vanishes yet up close is an elegant choice. A stainless steel accessible handrail and assist hoops were also installed.

UNEX have installed the X3000 in other sporting facilities around New Zealand and Australia, including public swimming pools, gymnasiums and also at the Outrigger Resort in Fiji. It is also ideal for shopping and retail centres, school gymnasiums, theatres and bars, restaurants and cafes.

Photos by Mark Scowen Photography

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