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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

Kawneer systems set to star on university centrepiece


Kawneer has won one of its biggest contracts to date, for a new complex at the heart of De Montfort University's (DMU) Leicester campus.


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”.


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


The Kawneer elements will be installed by approved specialist sub-contractor APiC UK for main contractor Balfour Beatty, with full completion due in summer 2016.


The proposals form a critical phase in DMU's long-term plan, built around an ambitious £136million vision to re-connect the city centre to the waterfront by creating a series of linked public open spaces through the De Montfort campus.


The design focuses on visual vibrancy and creating a refreshing and dynamic environment. Features will include atrium spaces with open galleries to maximise views between floors and departmental areas, and sculpture podiums and catwalks as an external forum for exhibition.

Posted Friday, January 23, 2015 at 4:39:24 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer goes large in Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale College

Glazing elements by Kawneer are featuring on the largest construction project in Cardiff which itself 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 by architects BDP 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.

Currently under construction 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 is due to open in autumn 2015. The Kawneer elements are being installed by approved specialist manufacturer and installer AB Glass.

Please click here to read our full story on Cardiff and Vale College

Posted Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 2:05:05 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems control the view

Incubator Building, Alconbury Enterprise Campus

Glazing from Kawneer features on the first building of Alconbury Enterprise Campus.

The landmark anchor building, designed by AHMM as executive architects, on an emerging enterprise park has achieved a BREEAM "Very good" rating with help from Kawneer.

Kawneer's AA®100 curtain walling and series 190 doors feature on the £2.5million Incubator – the first building to be erected in a 20-year project which is transforming a former airfield in Huntingdonshire into 3 million square foot of commercial hi-tec business space, 5,000 homes and a range of transport infrastructure, community facilities and 700 acres of green space. The airfield is being developed by owners Urban&Civic.

The zone-drained curtain walling has been used on an enclosed but unheated double-height glazed gallery and as the external fabric to a four-storey tower containing meeting rooms. Here, the curtain walling continues above the roof deck to form a transparent balustrade to the rooftop viewing area.

The Kawneer curtain walling is complemented by the manufacturer’s heavy-duty commercial entrance doors throughout the 1,400m2 building and were installed by specialist sub-contractor Drayton Windows for main contractor Kier Construction.

Please click here to read our full story on the Incubator Building.

Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:49:58 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Inclined Kawneer AA®100 vent achieves smoke vent standard

The AA100 rig completing its 1000th operational cycle

In partnership with façade automation specialists SE Controls, and following successful testing of the AA®541 and AA®720 vertical window profiles to the European smoke vent standard EN 12101-2, Kawneer have now successfully tested the inclined AA®100 vent for sloping curtain walling applications.

Our picture above shows the AA®100 rig completing its 1000th operational cycle, one of the test annexes prior to the smoke vent test.

This success provides an even more comprehensive solution to meeting smoke vent standards that are now mandatory requirements.

Kawneer Dealers now have a complete range of vertical and inclined smoke vents certified to EN 12101-2 via SE Controls to meet the latest Construction Products Regulations requirements.

We have just published a technical bulletin on this development - please click here to view/download it.

Posted Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 5:17:42 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems set to get a Royal seal of approval

Cheltenham Racecourse Project

Glazing by Kawneer is being installed on the new Cheltenham Racecourse grandstand.

Work has begun on the installation of glazed elements from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer on the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse, The Jockey Club’s largest-ever single investment.

The £45million project will feature Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained fully-capped and mullion-drained SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling systems with inset AA®3572 lift/slide doors, AA®541 top-hung casement windows, AA®3720 bifold doors and series 190 heavy duty commercial entrance doors.

Designed by architects Roberts Limbrick, the 6,500-capacity grandstand will replace the previous “A&R” block which was built in the 1920s. The previous Royal Box, which was built in 1952, and 55 other boxes which were built in the 1920s and 1930s, have been demolished.

Please click here to read our full story on the Cheltenham Racecourse grandstand project.

Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:36:58 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer AA®3110HW Window Appears at Major Health Estates Conference and Exhibition

Polar NE Ltd Stand at IHEEM

Kawneer supported authorized fabrication and installation dealer Polar NE Ltd at the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) Conference and Exhibition at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on October 7th and 8th.


This year's conference theme was "Quality in the Patient Environment", examining changes in the NHS that have impacted on estate management.


In line with this, Polar's exhibition stand focused on the benefits of window solutions for medium secure recovery units for mental health patients, demonstrating a harmonious balance between essential security and safety and the key need for ample natural light and ventilation.


Kawneer's AA®3110HW horizontal sliding window with anti-ligature features was on show. Fully tested for safety in use, AA®3110HW offers a unique standard feature set with decisive advantages including a design that withstands severe and sustained attack with concealed locking and a sliding window that does not open into the room.


Five versions of the Kawneer window were on display, each of them with specifically designed features developed to meet the particular demands of individual clients. 


AA®3110HW is available in a wide range of guaranteed colours for optimum design flexibility and Polar decided to highlight this feature on their stand by showing sample windows in a diverse colour selection. This attracted considerable interest from attendees in terms of design possibilities for future projects.


Polar has judged attendance at this year's annual IHEEM event to have been a resounding success, building on its fruitful attendance at the 2013 event. The company is now busy following up the many project enquiries it acquired.  


Please click here for further information on Kawneer's AA®3110HW horizontal sliding window. 

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:13:25 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

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