The new Fletcher Complex will be an impressive base for the internationally-renowned schools of Fashion and Textiles, Art, Design and Architecture, with sector-leading teaching facilities that will help DMU to be one of the foremost providers of creative higher education in the UK.
The extensive plans by CPMG Architects will add extra break-out areas for students, utilise the university's proximity to the River Soar, and significantly improve the existing centrepiece Fletcher Tower, a city landmark dating back to the 1960s when it was described as “truly revolutionary”.
Kawneer's AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling will be complemented by AA®720 top-hung casement windows, a large amount being Teleflex operated, and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors throughout the tower refurbishment and extensive new-build elements which will replace the Fletcher low-rise buildings.
The latter include a “sunwah”, a facetted on plan, outward-sloping “pod” which protrudes from the main building. Incorporated within the curtain walling on this are mechanically-operated parallel opening windows and bottom-hung open-in ventilators.
The Kawneer elements will be installed by approved specialist sub-contractor APiC UK for main contractor Balfour Beatty, with full completion due in summer 2016.
The proposals form a critical phase in DMU's long-term plan, built around an ambitious £136million vision to re-connect the city centre to the waterfront by creating a series of linked public open spaces through the De Montfort campus.
The design focuses on visual vibrancy and creating a refreshing and dynamic environment. Features will include atrium spaces with open galleries to maximise views between floors and departmental areas, and sculpture podiums and catwalks as an external forum for exhibition.
Posted Friday, January 23, 2015 at 4:39:24 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer goes large in Cardiff
Glazing elements by Kawneer are featuring on the largest construction project in Cardiff which itself features one of the largest photovoltaic arrays in the UK.
Kawneer's zone-drained AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50 and 65mm sightlines respectively, were specified with AA®541 top-hung casement windows by architects BDP for all elevations on the new £45million Cardiff and Vale College. Kawneer’s mullion-drained AA®100 curtain walling also features as the bespoke atrium rooflight.
Currently under construction on former industrial land south of the city’s central station by main contractor Willmott Dixon, the new state-of-the-art college overlooking Cardiff Bay is due to open in autumn 2015. The Kawneer elements are being installed by approved specialist manufacturer and installer AB Glass.
Posted Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 2:05:05 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems control the view
Glazing from Kawneer features on the first building of Alconbury Enterprise Campus.
The landmark anchor building, designed by AHMM as executive architects, on an emerging enterprise park has achieved a BREEAM "Very good" rating with help from Kawneer.
Kawneer's AA®100 curtain walling and series 190 doors feature on the £2.5million Incubator – the first building to be erected in a 20-year project which is transforming a former airfield in Huntingdonshire into 3 million square foot of commercial hi-tec business space, 5,000 homes and a range of transport infrastructure, community facilities and 700 acres of green space. The airfield is being developed by owners Urban&Civic.
The zone-drained curtain walling has been used on an enclosed but unheated double-height glazed gallery and as the external fabric to a four-storey tower containing meeting rooms. Here, the curtain walling continues above the roof deck to form a transparent balustrade to the rooftop viewing area.
The Kawneer curtain walling is complemented by the manufacturer’s heavy-duty commercial entrance doors throughout the 1,400m2 building and were installed by specialist sub-contractor Drayton Windows for main contractor Kier Construction.
Please click here to read our full story on the Incubator Building.
Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:49:58 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Inclined Kawneer AA®100 vent achieves smoke vent standard
In partnership with façade automation specialists SE Controls, and following successful testing of the AA®541 and AA®720 vertical window profiles to the European smoke vent standard EN 12101-2, Kawneer have now successfully tested the inclined AA®100 vent for sloping curtain walling applications.
Our picture above shows the AA®100 rig completing its 1000th operational cycle, one of the test annexes prior to the smoke vent test.
This success provides an even more comprehensive solution to meeting smoke vent standards that are now mandatory requirements.
Kawneer Dealers now have a complete range of vertical and inclined smoke vents certified to EN 12101-2 via SE Controls to meet the latest Construction Products Regulations requirements.
We have just published a technical bulletin on this development - please click here to view/download it.
Posted Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 5:17:42 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems set to get a Royal seal of approval
Work has begun on the installation of glazed elements from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer on the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse, The Jockey Club’s largest-ever single investment.
The £45million project will feature Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained fully-capped and mullion-drained SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling systems with inset AA®3572 lift/slide doors, AA®541 top-hung casement windows, AA®3720 bifold doors and series 190 heavy duty commercial entrance doors.
Designed by architects Roberts Limbrick, the 6,500-capacity grandstand will replace the previous “A&R” block which was built in the 1920s. The previous Royal Box, which was built in 1952, and 55 other boxes which were built in the 1920s and 1930s, have been demolished.
Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:36:58 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer AA®3110HW Window Appears at Major Health Estates Conference and Exhibition
Kawneer supported authorized fabrication and installation dealer Polar NE Ltd at the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) Conference and Exhibition at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on October 7th and 8th.
This year's conference theme was "Quality in the Patient Environment", examining changes in the NHS that have impacted on estate management.
In line with this, Polar's exhibition stand focused on the benefits of window solutions for medium secure recovery units for mental health patients, demonstrating a harmonious balance between essential security and safety and the key need for ample natural light and ventilation.
Kawneer's AA®3110HW horizontal sliding window with anti-ligature features was on show. Fully tested for safety in use, AA®3110HW offers a unique standard feature set with decisive advantages including a design that withstands severe and sustained attack with concealed locking and a sliding window that does not open into the room.
Five versions of the Kawneer window were on display, each of them with specifically designed features developed to meet the particular demands of individual clients.
AA®3110HW is available in a wide range of guaranteed colours for optimum design flexibility and Polar decided to highlight this feature on their stand by showing sample windows in a diverse colour selection. This attracted considerable interest from attendees in terms of design possibilities for future projects.
Polar has judged attendance at this year's annual IHEEM event to have been a resounding success, building on its fruitful attendance at the 2013 event. The company is now busy following up the many project enquiries it acquired.
Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:13:25 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems help save Liverpool schools … and how!
Elements of the whole range of Kawneer’s architectural aluminium systems were used on the first school to benefit from Liverpool City Council’s BSF (Building Schools for the Future) bailout.
Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors feature on the ground floor of the new state-of-the-art Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton, with AA®541 top-hung casement windows and AA®100 rooflights at high level.
The college benefited from Mayor Cllr Joe Anderson’s £169million Investment Plan for Schools, devised as a rescue package after several of Liverpool’s BSF projects were scrapped in 2010. Funding was a combination of city council and Government money and was negotiated as part of Liverpool’s City Deal.
The council wanted value and quality – and for 60% of the budget to be spent with Liverpool companies - and opted for a Willmott Dixon solution procured via SCAPE to reduce the costs and time of procurement. The benefits of SCAPE’s quick procurement process were evident from the start, allowing Notre Dame to start six months earlier for its 1,000 students and 70 staff.
Please click here to read our full story on Note Dame Catholic College.
Posted Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 10:20:09 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer extends its partnership with Kier Construction
Kawneer has renewed its preferred supplier status with Kier Construction, one of the UK's largest construction companies.
The country’s leading supplier of architectural aluminium systems has signed a new two-year UK-wide supply chain framework agreement with Kier.
This renewed agreement is the latest in a series of similar partnerships Kawneer have secured with some of the UK's largest construction firms.
Please click here to read our full story on the new agreement
Posted Friday, October 03, 2014 at 9:22:04 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer Systems Help Lift a Royal Landmark
Kawneer’s AA®3572 lift/slide door was used at Redrow London’s stunning £46million Kingston Riverside development in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames alongside the flagship AA®720 single-action door, its AA®543 tilturn windows and AA®100 curtain walling.
Some 145m2 of the mullion-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines features on the double-height concierge areas of the 16-storey south block and 11-storey north block of a total of 210 private luxury one to four-bedroomed apartments which were designed by Sprunt architects to be stepped and cantilevered on plan.
Built of concrete frame on the banks of the River Thames on the site of the former coal yard for Kingston power station, façade construction by the JRL Group has been in four phases over three years, with the final phase due for completion in September 2014.
As well as the Kawneer windows, doors and curtain walling, the 6,000m2 of façade comprised rainscreen cladding with ceramic tiles and powder-coated aluminium feature projecting beams and pilasters.
Posted Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:31:09 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer goes BIM
Kawneer products are now available as BIM models through bimstore.
Downloadable in the Revit format and also available on request as IFC files, Kawneer’s curtain walling, windows and doors for façade applications are now available through the UK’s largest BIM portal, www.bimstore.co.uk.
The Kawneer portfolio includes the AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, 190 heavy-duty and 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors, and the AA®541 casement window (pictured above).
Kawneer’s BIM models provide 3D digital replicas of the products as well as the critical COBIE data to guide the user through the whole design and construction process.
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:53:01 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback