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The €170 million construction of the Adigeo Shopping Centre, completed in March 2017, is part of an extensive city-quarter enhancement for the south of Verona, Italy. Covering an area of almost 50,000 sqm spread over two floors, this stunning retail destination offers a choice of more than 130 shops, as well as 21 restaurants and cafés. But it is not just the shopping experience that is exceptional at Adigeo. It also provides an extremely attractive and safe environment. With 1,000 metres of Easy Glass frameless glass balustrade installed, along with 316-grade stainless steel Q-line handrails, Q-railing products have greatly enhanced the building’s safety level.
Located at Viale delle Nazioni, near the E70 motorway, Adigeo is the principal shopping centre in the centre of Verona. It was realised by a partnership consisting of ECE, real estate developer CDS Holding and general contractor CDS Costruzioni. Together, they completed the project in just 18 months.
High demand for retail space
ECE has created a varied mix of tenants, including popular international brands, renowned Italian labels and local retailers. ‘The fact that Adigeo was fully leased out long before the opening confirms that the concept and location are extremely high quality,’ explains Christoph Augustin, supervisor of the Adigeo project at ECE. ‘Because of the huge interest in the site, we have already completed an extension, which is also fully leased out.’
Frameless glass balustrade for light and safety
Adigeo has a bright and welcoming interior characterised by warm colour tones. Daylight floods in through a huge glass facade, and Q-railing’s frameless glass balustrade ensures that it reaches every corner. Importantly, this was achieved without the slightest compromise on safety.
The shopping centre has an estimated 7 million visitors every year, so architects at ECE were keen to identify advanced materials capable of maximising public safety, particularly for the upper level and exterior staircase. Q-railing offered the perfect solution to the requirement for an all-glass balustrade solution capable of withstanding extreme stress while providing high transparency. Working closely with the installer, ECE elected to use Easy Glass frameless glass balustrade as well as Q-line stainless steel handrails.
Exterior staircase with stainless steel handrails
Q-line is the perfect complement to the minimalist look of Easy Glass. Its clean lines and simple forms make for a timeless design. ECE was particularly impressed by the product’s high level of safety and cost effectiveness. The certifications achieved by both Q-line and Easy Glass made the decision to use them very easy.
In total, more than 1,000 metres of Q-railing’s Easy Glass frameless glass balustrade was installed on the upper level, delivering unrivalled fall protection. In addition, 30 metres of Q-line stainless steel handrail was installed on the exterior staircase, providing visitors with robust support and guidance as they enter and leave the shopping centre.