Windows on the World
Kawneer has just produced a new video called "The AA®3110HW Healthcare Window", outlining the role of its versatile AA®3110HW window in secure recovery units for mental health patients, explaining how it satisfies both environmental and security concerns in this and other critical NHS applications.
The video also shows the product during manufacture and testing and also describes the installation training programme that we provide for our dealer network.
Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:06:12 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems help light up UK’s first super-school
Elements from Kawneer’s entire portfolio of architectural aluminium systems have helped the UK’s first super-school achieve a BREEAM “Very good” rating.
AA®100 curtain walling and slope glazing, AA®541 and AA®3110 windows along with AA®605 and series 190 doors feature throughout the £36million Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, Greater Manchester.
The 16,246m2 building was designed by Sheppard Robson architects to create a joint campus for the 1,160-student academy, which was formed in 2009 by the merger of Withins Secondary School and Top o’ th’ Brow Primary School, and Firwood School which caters for children with special education needs.
Their brief was to create an inspiring environment with a range of specialist facilities at the heart of the community, on a site which sloped over 37 metres from top to bottom. The result is a stepped building which appears to cascade down the incline, its size and scale broken down by the arrangement of the blocks.
Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines, and AA®100 mullion-drained slope glazing as rooflights, were used throughout the communal areas, particularly the main dining space and central circulation spine, to create light and open spaces.
These were complemented by AA®541 top-hung casement and AA®3110 horizontal sliding windows (the former featuring a BRE Green Guide A+ rated frame*) and AA®605TEPlus low/medium-duty swing doors and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors.
The Kawneer systems were installed on the steel-frame building for main contractor Kier Construction. The walls achieve a U-value of 0.28 W/m2K through double-leaf blockwork with 100mm of glass wool insulation within the partial fill cavity.
Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:31:59 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems go the Quartermile in Scotland
Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on one of the largest and most comprehensive regeneration schemes in Scotland.
Formerly the home of the historic Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the multi-award-winning £500million Quartermile development is located on a 19-acre site within a conservation area on the city's Victorian fringes and includes nine listed buildings. It lies between the heart of the city and the parkland of the Meadows and falls within a central area of Edinburgh that was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.
Kawneer’s AA®110 curtain walling and AA®4110 doors feature on a total of four new-build blocks of apartments at the site. Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Charles Henshaw and Sons has installed them on blocks Q20 and Q21, is currently installing them on block Q22, and will be installing them on block Q23 for main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
The Kawneer systems involved are AA®110 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) mullion-drained and AA®110 zone-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines, AA®603TE tilt slide doors, AA®4110 sliding doors and AA®100/AA®110 concealed window vents.
Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 at 12:56:55 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Stop Press - Kawneer Project Shortlisted in BREEAM Awards 2014
Featuring a range of Kawneer curtain wall, window and door solutions, the new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK Headquarters building at the Living Planet Centre, Woking has been shortlisted for the Mixed Use and Other Category of the BREEAM Awards 2014.
The Awards are made annually to the highest scoring building assessments certified under Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Schemes in the preceding calendar year. They recognise the achievement of those involved in the specification, design and construction of BREEAM assessed buildings.
The winners, therefore, represent the leading examples of construction projects, each demonstrating an holistic approach to the environmental aspects of their specification, design and construction.
Designed by Hopkins Architects and built by Willmott Dixon, the WWF Headquarters features Kawneer AA®100 curtain wall, AA®100 SSG curtain wall, concealed vents, AA®3110 horizontal sliding doors and 190 heavy duty commercial entrance doors.
Recently opened by Sir David Attenborough and said to be one of the greenest buildings in England and a pioneering example of sustainable architecture in action, The Living Planet Centre is home to the WWF Experience - an exciting interactive exhibition that brings to life the secrets of the natural world and the threats it faces.
The BREEAM Awards 2014 winners will be announced at 6pm on Tuesday 4th March during Ecobuild 2014, which takes place at ExCel London, between March 4th and 6th.
Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:40:44 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer Has Designs On London's First Outlet Centre
Kawneer glazing systems were specified for London’s first designer outlet centre for a host of reasons.
AA®100 curtain walling and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors were selected by Leslie Jones Architects for the £60million London Designer Outlet at the heart of the 87-acre Wembley Park development.
The first scheme of its kind to be built within the M25, the outlet centre will serve a new community of more than 4,000 homes as well as a wider catchment of 8.4million people. Rated to BREEAM “Excellent”, it provides visitors with 70 outlet stores, 15 restaurants, coffee shops and a nine-screen cinema complex, all over four floors.
Kawneer’s zone/mullion-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines and doors were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Drawn Metal on the facades and shop fronts of the 350,000ft2 development which was constructed over two years by main contractor John Sisk & Son for developer Quintain.
Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:44:21 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
New guide to future proofing window and door specification to meet new carbon emissions targets
The publication of Approved Document L 2013 last autumn has placed yet further demands on construction professionals to meet revised, and even more challenging, carbon emissions targets.
From April 6th, new homes carbon emissions must be reduced by a further 6% from the 2010 Target Emission Rate (TER) across the building mix. For new non-domestic construction, the new requirements are even greater, calling for a 9% reduction.
We have just published a straightforward guide to the new challenges and how Kawneer has developed the AA®720 thermally efficient window and door solutions range to meet them.
Please click here to download your copy of the guide.
Posted Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 12:54:33 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer launch a new interactive case study map to help specifiers
We have just launched an online interactive UK map allowing visitors to our website to access projects more easily than ever before.
The Case Studies Map enables the user to quickly locate projects in a certain area and features colour-coded project categories, to enable searches to be more specific.
When the user clicks on an individual project icon, a pop-up screen appears containing a link to the full project case study.
There is also a zoom function, facilitating a closer area search.
Please click here to access the Case Studies Map.
Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:09:21 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer glazing helps women with a WICED view of Liverpool
Almost the full spectrum of Kawneer glazing systems are showcased on the UK’s first Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) in Liverpool.
AA®100 curtain walling features on striking facetted convex and concave gable screens and is complemented by AA®601TE casement windows and series 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors.
The headquarters for the Women’s Organisation is a 2,000m2 state-of-the-art landmark building over five floors designed by architects IBI Nightingale to blend into its surroundings in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.
The 1,600m2 managed work space provides 26 incubator offices for fledgling businesses and an International Research Hub to give direct access to valuable research data, information and international links with other female entrepreneurs globally.
Posted Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 11:00:08 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer helps to improve Acton's community
Elements of the entire range of Kawneer architectural aluminium systems are currently being installed on a £17million historic town hall redevelopment.
Our AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors, along with GT70 slimline renovation windows and 451PT framing, will feature on the Acton Town Hall Community project.
When completed in Spring 2014, the civic redevelopment by AFLS+P architects for Ealing Council will provide the community with a variety of multi-functional spaces and opportunities for all of Acton's diverse ethnic population.
While retaining the Town Hall's heritage, the project includes demolition of Acton's former baths building which will be replaced by a new three-storey building housing a 25m swimming pool and a trainer pool, along with modern fitness and leisure facilities including a larger, glass-fronted gym.
Posted Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Your Kawneer Architectural Adviser is now just a couple of clicks away!
We have just launched an easier than ever way to get in touch with your regional Kawneer Architectural Adviser.
Simply go to the link at the bottom of this article and click on the area of the UK post code area map that applies to you and you will have the option of getting in touch by telephone or email.
It's all part of our ongoing programme to enhance our online facilities and service, following on from our launch on Twitter last month and this blog.
Posted Friday, November 01, 2013 at 10:22:14 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback