Expanded Metal and Open Steel Flooring Case Study
Opened in 2008 and designed by Marks Barfield Architects (designers of the London Eye), the 200 metres long by 18 metres high treetop walkway at Kew Gardens is constructed from weathering steel and believed to be strong enough to last 500 years, with the expanded steel used in the floor and sides of the walkway requiring minimal maintenance. The £3m steel structure runs for 650ft through Capability Brown woodland at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London and, on a clear day, promises a bird's-eye view of the gardens and the London skyline.
F.H. Brundle supplies a wide range of expanded metal mesh and open steel flooring available from stock. And, as the largest supplier of expanded metals in the UK, we can offer mild steel expanded mesh, stainless steel panels and aluminium expanded sheets, all of which are available in a range of grades, with the most common being hot rolled, cold reduced, electro-zinc and galvanised steel and all conforming to the relative quality standards.
Expanded metal also comes as raised mesh or flattened mesh with different hole apertures and thicknesses to suit your individual applications. All materials can be coated using various methods, i.e. galvanising, painting, powder coating etc.
The versatility of expanded metal makes it a suitable material for multiple applications such as: security screens, balustrade infill panels, and walkway mesh. In architecture it can be used as cladding or in the construction of bridges, ornamental features and art displays.
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