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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

Mark Hanson - Marketing Manager - Kawneer UK


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

Kawneer systems help with healthcare in Scotland

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Work has begun on the installation of Kawneer curtain walling, windows and doors on the new £270 million state-of-the-art Dumfries and Galloway Hospital.

The Kawneer systems – AA®100 zone-drained and SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling with 50mm sightlines, AA®720 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors, and AA®720 pivot and top-hung casement windows – are being installed by specialist sub-contractor CMS Window Systems throughout the main acute district hospital building and three annexes.

These comprise a diagnostic and treatment bar, inpatient pavilions, and a women’s and children’s hospital, all of which are individually expressed to create a vibrant but ordered composition.

At the same time, the design by Ryder Architecture in collaboration with NBBJ has been considered holistically, developing the form and massing as a direct expression of the function of the facilities while integrating these into a ‘whole campus’ development just off the Dumfries bypass.

Please click here to read our full story on Dumfries and Galloway Hospital.


Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 12:30:02 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems show security can be stunning

Aberdeen Criminal Justice Centre

Curtain walling by Kawneer completely wraps a new judiciary building that is as stunning as it is secure.

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 Aberdeen Criminal Justice Centre 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.

The custody facility is placed on a precast concrete plinth which merges with the landscape (former railway sidings) while the office space and local policing team are located in the steel-framed pavilion above - the element wrapped in the Kawneer curtain walling.

Please click here to read our full story on Aberdeen Criminal Justice Centre.


Posted Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:06:00 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

New case study on ground breaking health centre just published by Kawneer

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Kawneer has released a brand new case study, highlighting the specification of our architectural glazing systems for the award winning The Shields Centre in East Pollokshields, Glasgow.
 
Two types of Kawneer’s curtain walling, AA®100 mullion-drained and AA®100 SSG (Structural Silicone Glazed), were used at the £1.78million (construction cost) The Shields Centre in East Pollokshields, Glasgow, along with AA®100 concealed vents, AA®542 horizontal pivot windows and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors.

They were specified by Anderson Bell Christie architects after market testing showed that in terms of value for money Kawneer came through as leader. Their aluminium content also helped the project win a BREEAM “Excellent” rating with an annual CO2 emissions target of 18kg/m2.

The Kawneer systems in a dark grey powder coating were installed with solar-controlled glass by approved specialist sub-contractor Architectural Glazing Systems (AGS Ltd) of Dumbarton for main contractor Central Building Contractors. Anderson Bell Christie worked closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to design a refined building that reinforced the civic importance of public healthcare but balanced this with an open and welcoming design – a challenge for this type of building.

The Shields Centre has won six awards including a RIAS award, NHS Design Excellence Award, Building Better Healthcare - Primary Care Award, Brick Awards - Architects Choice, Glasgow Institute of Architects Award and the Glasgow Institute of Architects Special Award for Sustainability. It also received a commendation in the Scottish Design Awards.

Please click here to read our full case study on The Shields Centre.


Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:11:00 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems installation under way at university complex

Kawneer systems installation under way at university complex

 

Work is progressing on the installation of Kawneer glazing systems by APiC UK for Balfour Beatty on the new Fletcher Complex at Leicester's De Montfort University (DMU).

The state of the art complex at the heart of the University campus is one of the largest Kawneer projects to date.

Kawneer's AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling are complemented by AA®720 top-hung casement windows, a large amount being Teleflex operated, plus 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 automated parallel opening windows and bottom-hung open-in ventilators.

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”.

Project completion is due this summer.


Posted Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:08:00 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

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