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Bomb Blast Window Film London

About the Project

Project Type:
Luxury Department Store, London
Project Scale:
1,100 windows and 2.5 km anchorage system (a.k.a. edge retention system)
Product:
Bomb Blast Protection Film, Privacy Film

When a bomb explodes near a building, the resulting high energy breaks the window glass into pieces that become flying missiles causing extensive damage to property and equipment and injuring people. According to the Home Office, more than 90% of the bomb injuries are caused by flying glass.

Unfortunately, London is a prime target for terrorist attacks. The Harrods bombings in 1983 and 1993 and the Bishopsgate bombing in 1993 injured 138 people and killed 7. And most injuries in these cases were caused by flying glass (find out more about bomb-attacks).

Buncefield explosions

More recently, in 2005, the Buncefield explosions and resulting fire at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, caused 43 injuries and it is estimated to have cost £1bn in damage to property and the environment, as well as lost business and lost jobs in the vicinity. In all, 30 buildings required major repairs before they could be reoccupied, six buildings were designated for demolition, about 100 companies went bankrupt within a year, and about 1,000 people lost their jobs as a result of these explosions.

Using bomb blast window film could significantly reduce the devastating effects of an exploding bomb by preventing the glass from becoming flying missiles. In addition to saving lives, preventing serious injuries, and protecting properties against bomb blast damage, the bomb blast window film also helps reducing business disruption in the event of bombing.

Harrods London

Because of its bombing history, Harrods was considered a high threat for terrorist attacks by the Counter Terrorist Security Council Adviser and GP Systems was hired to improve Harrods' protection against bomb attacks.

The Harrods' windows were made of Georgian wired glass (a.k.a. fire safety glass), which in spite of the general perception is very weak (it has the lowest breakage strength of any glass) and this strengthened the case for improved protection against glass breakage. In order to provide Harrods with adequate bomb blast protection, GP Systems fitted an internal bomb blast window film coupled with an edge retention system to 1,100 windows.

About GP Systems

GP Systems Ltd is a window treatment contractor, specialising in fitting high quality glass coatings, glass manifestations, vinyl graphics and edge retention systems.

With our national network of installers, projects are undertaken with a strong commitment to the quality of products, service and workmanship.