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Kawneer helps score a unique try for Wales



Architectural aluminium systems by Kawneer feature on what is believed to be Wales’ first twin-skin façade.


The new postgraduate centre of Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University uses Kawneer's AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling as the external wall on the south-east façade with AA®100 zone-drained capped curtain walling with BRE Green Guide A+ rated AA®541 top-hung casement window* vents behind, forming an internal walkway.


This is complemented by AA®100 curtain walling on the main façade as well as the entrance atrium between two curved terracotta-clad elevations. Kawneer’s AA®3720 folding/sliding doors have also been incorporated to the rear of the atrium along with medium-duty swing and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors.


They were specified by regular Kawneer users Boyes Rees Architects for their framing options and sustainability credentials - being 100% recyclable helped the £13.5million project achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.


The Kawneer systems were installed on the concrete frame building on the site of a former car park over five months by Dudley’s Architectural Aluminium for main contractor ISG.


Please click here to read our full story on Cardiff Business School.

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3:47:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer helps Trinity to a Top 5 position

Trinity Leeds

Architectural aluminium systems from Kawneer feature on one of UK's Coolest Brands for 2014/15 – Trinity Leeds, the UK's fifth top retail location.

The multi-award winning development has made use of Kawneer's AA®100 capped and SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling systems with 50mm sightlines and AA®110 zone-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines on shop fronts and link bridges complemented by top-hung casement and tilturn windows.

The £400million scheme over 817,000ft2 unites three of Leeds' busiest shopping thoroughfares around a new central space and includes the refurbishment of an existing shopping centre, all to a BREEAM “Excellent” rating and a 28% improvement over Part L (CO2 emissions).

Design and delivery architects Chapman Taylor created a new design for property giant Land Securities (which also owns the White Rose Centre, a large shopping centre on the city’s outskirts) that completely modernised and integrated the Trinity shopping districts into an all-year-round late-night venue for fashion, food and film.

It is a naturally ventilated scheme composed of buildings linked by a series of open-air arcaded streets and public spaces above which self-supporting glazed grid-shell roofs rise 30m above street level.

The Kawneer systems were installed on the Trinity West element by approved specialist sub-contractor DML Group and on Trinity East by Bennett Architectural Aluminium Solutions, this project representing a particularly large and prestigious one for both.

Please click here to read our full story on Trinity Leeds.

Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:43:26 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer sponsors prestigious Edinburgh architectural award

Kawneer sponsors prestigious Edinburgh architectural award


Kawneer UK was delighted to sponsor this year's Edinburgh Architectural Association Building of the Year Award at a recent reception held in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The event was attended by around one hundred architects, sponsors and guests.

The EAA Building of the Year Award for 2015 went to Morgan McDonnell Architecture for the Advocate’s Close development in Edinburgh, which saw nine listed buildings transformed into commercial, office and residential spaces.

Malcolm Fraser Architects received a commendation for The University of Edinburgh's Arcadia Nursery project.

Kawneer's Architectural Adviser for Scotland Rodger Allan is pictured above (far right) at the reception with members of the winning Morgan McDonnell Architecture design team.

Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:04:09 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer joins Secured by Design scheme



Glazing solutions from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer have achieved Secured by Design accreditation, the official UK police flagship initiative supporting the principles of designing out crime.

The renowned certification for windows and doors from the manufacturer’s extensive portfolio of products is a tangible demonstration of the company's continued commitment to on-going testing for safety and security.

Extensive testing of the company’s products to PAS 24:2012 means architects, planners, contractors and client end users can be assured that Kawneer products provide the ultimate resistance to criminal attack.

The Secured by Design scheme was established 26 years ago by the Association of Chief Police Officers to reduce crime through, among other factors, the design and use of quality security products such as doors, windows, roofs and secondary glazing.

Please click here to read our full story on Kawneer's membership of Secured by Design.

Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:33:02 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems meet the need for new and old

John Roan School


Key elements from the Kawneer glazing systems portfolio feature on the new-build and refurbishment aspects of a secondary school’s £29million redevelopment.


Kawneer’s 50mm wide AA®100 zone-drained horizontally-capped and mullion-drained structurally glazed curtain walling, AA®543 tilturn windows, and medium-duty swing and series 190 heavy-duty welded doors were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Leay on the John Roan School in the Royal London Borough of Greenwich.


Funded by the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme, the existing John Roan School of 1,400 pupils was extended to 12,700m2 across a split-site campus comprising the Westcombe Park new-build and Maze Hill refurbishment.


The Westcombe Park building totals a 7,600m2 flexible, transformational learning environment for the middle years 9, 10 and 11. Accommodation includes a sports and amenity building which can be operated independently for the community.


Please click here to read our full story on John Roan School.

Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:12:10 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer wins key Welsh school contract

Ysgol Bae Baglan


Kawneer has just won a £1.3m contract through AB Glass in Swansea to supply AA®100 curtain walling, AA®541 casement windows, AA®545 swing doors and series 190 heavy duty entrance doors for a new school to be built by Bouygues Group (Western) in Seaway Parade, Port Talbot.

Designed by Stride Treglown Architects, Ysgol Bae Baglan will be constructed on the Western Avenue playing fields adjacent to Seaway Parade. When completed in September 2016, the new "all through" (3-16) school will replace Cwrt Sart Community School, Glanafan Comprehensive School, Sandfields Comprehensive School and Traethmelyn Primary School. It will accommodate 1100 secondary age pupils and 300 primary age pupils and 100 specialist places for pupils with additional learning needs.

Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:36:23 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Saunders are sold on Kawneer

Bell Green Retail Park, Sydenham

Kawneer were the default specification for Saunders Architects when it came to the glazed elements of a new retail park.

Kawneer's AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®541 fixed light windows, AA®543 tilturn vents and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors feature on four units at Bell Green Retail Park in Sydenham, south east London.

The £19million development on the remediated former 13-acre site of Bell Green gas works comprises a total 120,000ft2 of retail plus 19,000ft2 of employment/industrial. The Kawneer elements serve as double-glazed polyester powder coated entrance screens and automatic doors, and a feature entrance lobby to the B&Q unit.

The Kawneer systems were installed over seven months by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Leay for main contractor Kier Construction. The other retail tenants were Toys R Us, Pets At Home, Currys/PC World and Next.

Please click here to read our full story on Bell Green Retail Park

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:02:32 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

BIM instructional video published by Kawneer

BIM instructional video published by Kawneer


Hot on the heels of the launch of its BIM capability, Kawneer has released an online video showing how to incorporate one of its BIM models, hosted on the bimstore website, into a building design.

The 10-minute step-by-step guide provides specifiers with a complete walkthrough of how to incorporate Kawneer's AA®541 casement window* into a typical project, including into curtain walling.

Viewers are shown how to download the BIM component in Revit (IFC files are available on request) from www.kawneer.co.uk, and how to select desired types, copy to clipboard and paste into the drawing. Details regarding ironmongery and colour options are also shown.

As well as the AA®541 casement window, Kawneer’s BIM portfolio also includes the AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, AA®542 pivot and AA®543 tilturn windows*, and series 190 heavy-duty and 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors.

Kawneer's BIM models provide users with 3D images of the products as well as the critical COBie data to provide guidance through the whole design and construction process.

*Corresponds to the BRE Global Green Guide online generic specification for windows and achieves a summary rating of A+ (www.thegreenguide.org.uk, Element Number 1231500011).

Please click here to access the new video and our full range of BIM models

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 10:41:30 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer is key to Royal Borough regeneration


Facade products from Kawneer have provided a "key" aesthetic in the first phase of a 10-year redevelopment of an estate in a Royal London Borough.


Kawneer windows, doors and AA®100 zone and mullion-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines feature throughout the elevations of Block 1 of Portobello Square, at the heart of the £250million regeneration by the Catalyst Housing Group of the Wornington Green estate in North Kensington.


The Kawneer specified windows include AA®541 top hung and side hung composite casement windows. In addition to this, oversized AA®543 tilturns, bottom hung windows and AA®720 French casements incorporating ‘hidden’ vent profiles were used to allow natural light to flood the rooms.


The Kawneer doors used on the project included AA®720 open-in and open-out doors and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors.


The products were selected in three colourways (pewter, silver and champagne) by main contractor Ardmore Construction for a design by PRP Architects and were installed with bespoke Kawneer extrusions into the concrete-framed, brick-clad structure over 16 months by specialist sub-contractor English Architectural Glazing.


The £64million Phase 1 started in November 2011 and is due for completion in 2016. Predominately residential, it comprises three blocks of 538 apartments of mixed tenure and built to Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and Home Space standards.


Please click here to read our full story on the Portobello Square redevelopment.

Posted Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 5:45:51 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer helps transform council offices


Curtain walling and doors by Kawneer were specified for a refurbished landmark building for their quality, architectural detailing and technical support.


Kawneer's AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors were selected by Stride Treglown Architects for Eastleigh House, the £8.3million new offices for 350 members of staff of Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire.


Kawneer's glazing features on a new bright and naturally-lit double-height "glass box" at the front of the building for the ground-floor customer service centre and café for informal meetings between council staff and the public, and break-out space and meeting rooms at the upper floors.


It was installed over nine months by approved specialist sub-contractor Aluminium Sashes for main contractor Balfour Beatty.


Please click here to read our full story on Eastleigh House.

Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:03:13 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

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