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Clear vision for Liverpool's Met Quarter

When the Metquarter opened in March 2006, more than 20,000 people went through its doors. GEZE UK, the UK’s leading supplier of door and window control systems, was entrusted with the job of installing the safe, stylish entrance to Liverpool’s most celebrated shopping centre.

The 150,000 sq ft development was built by specialist retail developer Milligan on the site of the former Post Office on Whitechapel in central Liverpool, which was bombed in the Second World War. The remarkable glass entrance forms part of the new build section, while developers have incorporated aspects of the previous building’s heritage in the refurbished site.

EK Architects, based in Manchester, briefed GEZE to create an entrance that would be as transparent as possible with the maximum amount of clear opening. As a result, GEZE experts worked partnership with Pilkington Glass to install three sliding telescopic doors, uniquely fixed directly to Planar Glass without using traditional frames.

GEZE’s UK specification manager, Paul Wyatt said: “We chose telescopic doors, as they were deemed more suitable than sliding doors which could not create enough space in the entrance. Juggling the requirements of the architects as well as the demands of the fire officer for specific escape widths, was a challenge, but GEZE created a bespoke solution, which was practical, yet dramatic.

“This is one of many projects we have worked on in Liverpool as part of the city’s regeneration. The Metquarter has created hundreds of jobs and will give the North West a dynamic new shopping destination, with 48 specialist retailers including Armani Exchange, Animal, Levi, Hugo Boss and Hobbs. Such a landmark centre needed a special entrance.”