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Optimise without Compromise - The Kawneer Approach to Value Engineering


The term "value engineering" has become commonplace in our industry. It is too often a source of worry and discomfort within a construction team, understandably keen to deliver the very best building possible.

At Kawneer we understand these concerns and have developed an approach to value engineering that seeks to enhance the original design concept, without compromising it in any way.

We see value engineering as a critical extension of the partnership principles enshrined within our main contractor relationships.

To us, value engineering is all about delivering the ultimate solution - a process of optimising architectural aluminium systems to arrive at the best design option for the application in question, in the most cost efficient manner.

We have just published a leaflet which clearly outlines our value engineering ethos. Titled "Optimise without Compromise - The Kawneer Approach to Value Engineering", it also provides several examples of our principles in action.

Please click here to view "Optimise without Compromise".

Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1:31:51 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Design the way you think - Kawneer BIM models - coming soon

Kawneer is developing a library of  BIM models, enabling designers to be more efficient in the design process and demonstrating our continued commitment to providing valuable products.

We will be making launch announcements very soon but, in the meantime, the above video demonstrates our vision in this important field.



Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:29:35 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems help deliver a regional NHS record


Glazing systems from Kawneer feature generously in the biggest single investment in North Staffordshire healthcare in the 155 years of the NHS.

Kawneer’s AA®100 dry-jointed curtain walling with 50mm sightlines and ACS windows feature on Phase 2 of the £15million redevelopment of the estate of University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust.

The North Staffordshire PFI redevelopment comprises a new acute facility, or hub and ward block, at the City General Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Aluminium Solutions spent 18 months on-site on the 87,000m² building which covers an area roughly the size of two football pitches.

Please click here to read our full story on this project.

Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:02:13 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems help WWF achieve a carbon first


Glazing systems from Kawneer were used on the new headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund for many reasons, not least their ability to enable savings in terms of energy and impact on the environment.

Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained and AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling with 50mm sightlines and concealed vents, AA®3110 horizontal sliding doors and 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors feature on the façade and roof of the £14million Living Planet Centre on the site of a former car park in Woking, Surrey.

The systems were put forward by approved specialist sub-contractor JPJ Installations for main contractor Willmott Dixon who, to meet the brief from the leading conservation charity, forensically tracked the carbon content of every single element of the 8,900m2, 18-month build.

The carbon budget had assumed that the aluminium framing included 30% recycled content but JPJ suggested an alternative supplier that could supply 80% recycled aluminium – and that was Kawneer.

Tackling climate change and living sustainably are central to WWF’s philosophy so it was hardly surprising that the new headquarters, constructed of traditional concrete frame with a timber diagrid roof, include the latest thinking on sustainable design.

Please click here to read our full story on the new Living Planet Centre

Posted Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:53:20 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

New video shows AA3110HW's role in healthcare applications


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.

Please click here to watch the video.

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.

Please click here to read our full story on St Catherine's Academy

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.

Please click here to read our full story on the Quartermile project.

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.

Click here to read our full story on London Designer Outlet.

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