Steven Ball now MCIOB

Firman Glass Projects is pleased to announce that Steven Ball has now met the rigorous academic, professional and ethical standards demanded by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for Membership. Steven has been granted Chartered Membership (MCIOB) and he is now a Chartered Construction Manager.

Chartered Member status is recognised internationally as the mark of a true, skilled professional in the construction industry and CIOB Members have a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards within the built environment.

Congratulations to Steven on this professional and personal achievement, which further ensures strong leadership and the highest standards at the helm of the Firman Glass Projects team.

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Autoclave completes new FGP laminating line

Announcing our new arrival weighing an impressive 33 tonnes!

This autoclave is the final equipment needed to complete our new laminating line, capable of laminating up to 2800mm x 5000mm.

The installation of this machine was planned with precision by FGP. We needed to carry out extensive alterations to our building including raising the roof height to accommodate the machine and its foundations, as well as removing the roof on installation.

The FGP team enjoyed demonstrating our project management expertise through from design to installation at our own premises. Heavy lifting? No problem! If we can place this 33 tonne machine, we certainly won’t have an issue installing 2.5 tonne glass panels for our clients!

The whole laminating line will now be commissioned and it is planned to be up and running by the end of April.

Congratulations Steven!

Firman Glass Projects Contracts and Operations Manager Steven Ball has just completed his final examinations for full, chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). He gained distinction grades in the following modules: Management, Contracts & Commercial Practice, Health, Safety & Environment and Construction Technology.

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NEW: Glass Bending


Investment in new glass processing machinery means Firman Glass Projects are now able to produce curved glass in-house and under our own quality control.

As well a new purpose designed factory and associated infrastructure including two new overhead gantry cranes, the new toughening plant includes dual bending chambers that work alongside the standard flatbed toughening facility. This new machinery represents an important development forwards for the business and further enables the design, manufacture and installation of quality toughened glass products to our clients throughout the UK.

Firman Glass Projects Contracts and Operations Manager Steven Ball says, “This new investment allows us to bring another technically demanding aspect of glass and glazing ‘in-house’ and under our full control. We are very excited about the potential of this new machinery as it means we can better help our customers achieve the designs they aspire to.”

For further information please contact Firman Glass on 01708 374534 to discuss your requirements.

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FGP attend Sika Training Academy

The Firman Glass Projects Team recently attended the Sika Training Academy at their HQ in Welwyn Garden City. A really useful and informative day receiving instruction on the correct way to install Sikasil® Structural Glazing Systems as part of the Sika Registered Contractor Scheme. Thanks Sika!

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Blast from the past!

This image was recently sent to us by structural engineer Philip Wilson and shows  of John Corpe, Steven Ball of Firman Glass Projects and Philip Wilson (left to right). It shows us analysing the failure of a test beam whilst undertaking an extensive testing project at City University, London for the famous Yurakucho Glass canopy, Tokyo.

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V&A planters receive facelift ahead of special event

It’s more than 10 years since Firman Glass Projects manufactured and installed the stunning structural glass planters that form part of the celebrated John Madejski Garden at the V&A in London. Firman Glass Projects have been responsible for their ongoing maintenance and refurbishment ever since.


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First Site Colchester – Doors within Doors

The brief from the architect was to create a glass facade that included a main entrance vestibule that had the day to day entrance doors, set within a larger pair of doors to enable large exhibits in and out of the building as required.


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Wine Screen – Cathcart Road

This very elegant wine room screen was installed to be as unobtrusive as possible.

We used clear silicone draught seals to help maintain the controlled temperature inside the wine room.



Victoria Beckham – Dover Street


Firman Glass Projects we engaged to design and build this technically demanding façade and entrance.

The glazing is to a very high standard of physical protection and is over 3 metres x 3 metres. The architects vision for the door was a bespoke cast concrete panel the has a design that matches the Georgian sash windows above.

The concrete door and stainless steel frame weigh in excess of 400 KGS and a special mechanism had to be installed to move such a heavy door. The install of both the glass and the door panel were carried out using our vacuum handling equipment and in the case of the door a special lifting jig was designed.

These images were taken during the install and we hope to have some architectural images shortly.