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Kawneer systems help to set three precedents at Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on the only purpose-built arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.

Installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Systems for design and build contractor ISG, Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained curtain walling and 451PT thermally-broken framing system, both with narrow 50mm sightlines, are complemented by AA®720 HI tilturn windows on the £66+ million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Hotel development.

The exhibition centre, which links to the existing BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena via a 35m sky bridge, incorporates a 216-room four-star Pullman hotel, the group's first new-build in the UK and its first hotel outside London.

Constructed concurrently over two years on the city's 18th Century waterfront by ISG to designs by architects Denton Corker Marshall, the exhibition centre hosted its first event in September 2015 and the hotel opened to the public in February 2016.

The 87,000ft2 steel frame exhibition centre, which has more than doubled existing capacity at ACC Liverpool, features a Kawneer-glazed public atrium with stunning views across the River Mersey and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

As well as the atrium, it also features food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three equally-sized halls of 2,100m2 can be divided by moveable walls, with the centre capable of hosting major international exhibitions, conventions, concerts and sporting events.

The 116,000ft2 Pullman Hotel has been cleverly designed as three feature tubes which reduce the overall mass of the building. Here there is extensive Kawneer glazing and a spacious double-height atrium at its lower levels. The nine-storey concrete frame building features a guest gym, with ground floor reception, bar and restaurant plus meeting space located at first floor level.

Please click here to read our full story on Exhibition Centre Liverpool.


Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:01:25 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer releases case study on an exemplar sustainable building

Kawneer releases case study on an exemplar sustainable building


Kawneer has just published a case study outlining how we helped an exemplar building in sustainable, low-energy design become the first education building in the UK to achieve BREEAM "Outstanding".

The £12.65 million Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) was the final project to be delivered through the 2009-2014 capital projects framework at Swansea University and is a unique centre of research innovation, facilitating ground-breaking work into the safe deployment of new renewable energy solutions.

The Kawneer systems were used throughout the 4,500m2 building and comprise AA®541 top-hung casement windows, low/medium-duty swing doors and AA®100 zone-drained capped curtain walling featuring dressed aluminium feature beams. These mimic steel beams by being glazed into the system and insulated to create horizontal emphasis at varying levels.

They were installed on the brickwork and rainscreen-clad building with cavity and SFS inner wall construction by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Dudley's Aluminium for main contractor Bouygues UK.

Please click here to view/download the ESRI case study.


Posted Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer creates new operating region and appoints an additional architectural adviser

 Kawneer creates new operating region and appoints an additional architectural adviser

In response to increasing business levels, Kawneer has just created a new South East operating region, South and West of London and stretching from Hampshire and Berkshire to the Eastern tip of Kent.

The area will be served by newly appointed Architectural Adviser Richard Moore (pictured above). He will be working closely with architects, main contractors and dealers. Aged 30 and living in Eastleigh, Richard has a quantity surveying and estimating background and lists his hobbies as weight lifting, football, skydiving, family trips and cooking


Posted Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10:03:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer launches new video featuring AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Door



Kawneer has just released the above video demonstrating the benefits of its AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Door.

Entitled "The Art and the Way to Find Innovative Solutions" the video uses advanced computer rendering and animation techniques to take the viewer on a detailed virtual tour of every aspect of the product.

The AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Door has been developed as a solution for projects that demand the highest levels of thermal and weathering performance at a competitive price. It uses advanced thermal break technology, ensuring thermal efficiency and full compliance with Approved Document L. The polyamide thermal break allows for single or dual colour options. The use of extruded gasket profiles and drain and ventilate strategy enable the system to achieve its weathering performance.


Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:54:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer glazing systems feature on Liverpool's new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital



Kawneer architectural glazing has been delivered by our special projects team on a multi award-winning new hospital building which sets a blueprint for next-generation healthcare.

AA®201 unitised (or modular) and AA®110 traditional (or ‘stick’ system) – were used alongside AA®541 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) integrated window vents and AA®720 and series 190 heavy-duty entrance doors on the £167 million Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Designed by BDP, the new hospital is ground breaking in multiple ways, from being the greenest hospital in the UK (it is BREEAM "Excellent" rated), through the first in Europe to be built in a park, to the first “cognitive” hospital, harnessing the power of “big data” with the latest in computer technology.

It was officially opened on June 22nd by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, some nine months after the 63,000m2 precast concrete building with undulating wildflower meadow green roof and load-bearing façade was handed over following a construction programme of just over two years.

Please click on the above video to view BDP's overview of the design of the hospital.


Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 2:31:32 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer appoints new marketing manager

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Kawneer UK has recently appointed Mark Hanson as marketing manager with additional responsibility for the development of products and services for the low-rise residential sector.

Mark Hanson comes with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent more than 20 years at Ultraframe where he was instrumental in growing, developing and promoting a range of aluminium-based conservatory and roof glazing products in the residential sector.

Mark commented: “I am excited to start a new challenge within Kawneer and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service suite. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected and forward-thinking company.”

Mark Clemson, Kawneer’s sales and marketing director added: “Mark’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge will make him a key addition to the team at Kawneer. His appointment is a sign of our drive for continued growth and commitment to being the leading company in our industry.

“Our new products, combined with the growth in the use of aluminium-based glazing systems in the residential sector has led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and service excellence.

“We are very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Mark’s calibre to fulfil this role. I’m confident that Mark will play a key role in helping us deliver growth in this important sector.”


Posted Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:39:47 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems help ESRI to achieve "Outstanding" BREEAM status

Kawneer systems help ESRI to achieve "Outstanding" BREEAM status

Kawneer have helped an exemplar building in sustainable, low-energy design become the first education building in the UK to achieve BREEAM "Outstanding".

The £12.65 million Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) was the final project to be delivered through the 2009-2014 capital projects framework at Swansea University and is a unique centre of research innovation, facilitating ground-breaking work into the safe deployment of new renewable energy solutions.

The Kawneer systems were used throughout the 4,500m2 building and comprise AA®541 top-hung casement windows, low/medium-duty swing doors and AA®100 zone-drained capped curtain walling featuring dressed aluminium feature beams. These mimic steel beams by being glazed into the system and insulated to create horizontal emphasis at varying levels.

They were installed on the brickwork and rainscreen-clad building with cavity and SFS inner wall construction by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Dudley's Aluminium for main contractor Bouygues UK.

Please click here to read our full story on ESRI.


Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2:42:59 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer releases case study on new judiciary building

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Kawneer has just published a case study highlighting its involvement in the construction of the new Aberdeen Criminal Justice Centre.

AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, with 50mm sightlines, horizontal face caps and gaskets to vertical glass and glass joints at mullion locations, has been used on all four elevations of the £14 million facility, designed by frequent Kawneer specifiers Ryder Architecture.

The curtain walling is complemented by thermally-enhanced top-hung casement windows as inserts on the south and west elevations, AA®110 dry slope rooflights with 65mm sightlines, and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors, all installed by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Linn-Tech Scotland for main contractor Balfour Beatty.

The 4,518m2 building for Police Scotland via North Hub Scotland comprises a 60-cell custody facility with offices and virtual courts for the criminal justice department and space for an integrated local policing team.

Please click here to view/download our full case study on Aberdeen Criminal Justice Centre.


Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:12:40 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Success for four Kawneer Projects in the RIBA Regional Awards 2016

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Four projects featuring Kawneer glazing systems have been successful in the RIBA Regional Awards 2016.

Our picture above shows the impressive frontispiece of Cardiff and Vale College, the winner of the RSAW Welsh Architecture Award 2016.

Designed by BDP, the college 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 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.

Built 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 opened last year. The Kawneer elements were installed by approved specialist manufacturer and installer AB Glass.

The college was highly praised by the judges, who were especially impressed by the building's built-in flexibility to adapt to future course requirements.

The three other 2016 winners featuring Kawneer systems were:

Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool - RIBA North West Award 2016
Project completed by Kawneer Special Projects. Features AA®201 Unitised Curtain Wall, AA®110 Curtain Wall, AA®541 SSG Vents, AA®720 Doors and 190 Doors. The building is said to offer a new model for the design of children's healthcare facilities. The judges were impressed by the way the design team handled a complex brief in a short timescale.

The Avenue, Saffron Walden - RIBA East Award 2016
Project installed by JPJ Installations. Features AA®100 Curtain Wall, AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Doors and 190 Doors. A new housing development on the site of a 19th century Quaker Friends' School. The judges praised the skillful use of traditional materials in a modern context and the retention of mature trees and landscaping.

Ashington Community and Leisure Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne - RIBA North East Award 2016
Project installed by SG Aluminium. Features AA®110 Curtain Wall, AA®110 SSG Curtain Wall, AA®541 Casement Windows and 190 Doors. A new community facility located in the heart of Ashington Town Centre. The judges observed how well the building's design served a wide variety of people, age ranges and abilities.


Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 5:34:00 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer to sponsor major category at the Building Awards 2016

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Kawneer UK Ltd is delighted to be sponsoring the Contractor of the Year (up to £300M) Award at this year's Building Awards. The prestigious annual event takes place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on November 8th.

Main contractors are integral to our business and we enjoy many strong framework partnerships. We are therefore fully aware of the vital contribution this sector makes to world-class construction in the UK - exemplified by the outstanding quality of entries that we are eagerly anticipating for this year's award.

Kawneer is a global architectural systems supplier that, above all, champions design excellence, value engineering and sustainability as key drivers in the perpetual quest for better buildings. We look forward to seeing the very best examples of how contractors have met their own aspirations during the past year.

Please click here for more details of the Contractor of the Year Award.


Posted Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:51:51 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

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