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Kawneer products are now available as BIM models through bimstore.
Downloadable in the Revit format and also available on request as IFC files, Kawneer’s curtain walling, windows and doors for façade applications are now available through the UK’s largest BIM portal, www.bimstore.co.uk.
The Kawneer portfolio includes the AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, 190 heavy-duty and 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors, and the AA®541 casement window (pictured above).
Kawneer’s BIM models provide 3D digital replicas of the products as well as the critical COBIE data to guide the user through the whole design and construction process.
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:53:01 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems help a hat-trick of high rises
Elements of the whole range of glazing systems by Kawneer have been used on three tower blocks at the heart of the refurbishment of a London borough.
Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained curtain walling and AA®541 casement windows feature as vertical ribbons of glazing down the sides of the 24-storey blocks. The glazing systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor APiC UK for main contractor Breyer Group. The opening vents were designed as bottom-hung on electric actuators to complement a natural ventilation strategy.
They are complemented by Kawneer’s 451PT framing system, AA®601 top-hung casement windows and series 190 heavy-duty entrance doors (tested to the requirements of Secure by Design) on the ground-floor offices of Poynter, Norland and Stebbing Houses on the Edward Woods Estate in Hammersmith and Fulham.
All the Kawneer systems were polyester powder coated in a bespoke colour which was guaranteed for 40 years, while the outer panels of glass were toughened and the inner panels laminated to optimise solar gain.
Posted Friday, August 08, 2014 at 1:24:12 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems feature on a landmark in a city of learning
Elements of the whole range of Kawneer’s architectural aluminium systems feature on the most central and prestigious new development in Cambridge for years.
Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain walling, which is structurally silicone glazed and mullion drained, was specified by Glenn Howells Architects for Parkside Place, along with AA®3110 horizontal sliding windows, and AA®603 light-duty tilt slide doors, AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors and series 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors.
The £17.5million mixed-use development comprises four blocks of luxury apartments, one of which is eight storeys and curved on plan to soften the corner of a major intersection overlooking the 24-acre open grassland of Parker's Piece – one of the city's major parks.
Some of the 99 mixed-tenure apartments were built over the replacement Parkside Fire Station, located amidst the city's central colleges, just a stone's throw from the main shopping and entertainment areas, Grand Arcade and Grafton Shopping Centre.
The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Drayton Windows for main contractor Willmott Dixon for their first contract with client Grosvenor Developments.
Posted Friday, August 01, 2014 at 11:56:38 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer Lends Its Weight to Lend Lease
Kawneer has been appointed a preferred supplier of architectural aluminium systems by one of the UK’s largest construction companies.
The country’s leading manufacturer has signed a UK-wide supply chain agreement with Lend Lease, one of the world’s largest property, infrastructure and construction management firms.
This new agreement is the latest in a series of similar partnerships Kawneer has won with some of the UK’s largest construction firms.
Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:38:15 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer helps British Gas power up
Curtain walling from Kawneer has helped a new regional headquarters for up to 1,000 British Gas Business staff achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.
Kawneer’s AA®110 zone/mullion-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines features on the two wings of the £19million state-of-the-art office building on Oxford Business Park, part of the former Austin Rover works at Cowley.
It was specified by architects Frank Shaw Associates, who have specified Kawneer systems on commercial and industrial projects for the past 20 years.
Frank Shaw Associates detailed the building to allow a very simple interface with the construction of the external envelope generally. The typical interface detail comprised a DPC dressed into the curtain walling, with a packing piece glazed in and perimeter mastic sealant applied.
They used two curtain walling face cap profiles to allow the transoms to have greater definition than the mullions.
Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:15:25 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems help to inspire students
Elements of the whole portfolio of Kawneer systems have been used on a new school with indoor and outdoor teaching spaces that achieved a BREEAM “Very good” rating.
Kawneer’s AA®110 and AA®100 (sloped) curtain walling were used on the main entrance and corridors of the predominantly naturally-ventilated Spires Academy in Canterbury.
These systems, with 65mm and 50mm sightlines respectively, are complemented by AA®541 casement windows with both manual and automatic top-hung ventilators and by series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors and AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors. The windows and entrance doors were designed where necessary to Secured by Design standards.
The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor APiC UK for main contractor Carillion PLC to a design by architects Jestico + Whiles for Kent County Council.
Posted Monday, June 09, 2014 at 12:53:52 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer helps the Halo reach dizzy heights
Kawneer’s AA®201 unitised or modular/off-site curtain walling has been used on the fourth to 43rd storeys of the award-winning landmark Stratford Halo tower at 150 High Street, Stratford, while the traditional stick-system AA®110 mullion-drained curtain walling with 65mm sightlines features on the ground to third levels.
At 132 metres, the tallest building in the UK to feature Kawneer's curtain walling, Stratford Halo lies at the heart of the former Olympic Village. It is the flagship of seven buildings built by Ardmore Construction for Genesis Housing Association.
Kawneer worked closely with the architect and main contractor using their AA®201 unitised system to develop a project-specific solution to meet the challenging design features of the building.
These called for the main elevations to be faceted at varying angles, with a flat rear elevation incorporating a 7° inclined slope between the 29th and 43rd floors. The very top of the building featured a 'crown', sloping and faceting from front to rear.
Kawneer developed many project-specific production dies to meet these design requirements and provided all the design and assembly drawings for the project via their Special Projects Department.
Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00:52 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer solutions achieve smoke vent standard
In partnership with facade automation specialists SE Controls, both Kawneer’s AA®541 and AA®720 open out casement window systems have been successfully tested to BS EN 12101-2, meeting smoke vent standards that are now a mandatory requirement, especially in high rise residential schemes.
The introduction of the Construction Products Regulations in 2013 has resulted in the need to CE mark any product placed onto the market that has a harmonised European standard.
We have just produced a new technical bulletin that explains how both products can now be CE Marked, when installed with SE Controls actuators. It also describes the testing method.
Posted Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 8:40:46 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
Kawneer systems help new school get a BREEAM "Excellent" report
Glazing systems from Kawneer have helped a new £24million school to achieve a BREEAM "Excellent" rating.
Two types of Kawneer’s curtain walling are complemented by AA®601TE top-hung casement and AA®601TE parallel opening windows as well as AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors and series 10D light/medium-duty commercial entrance doors at The Grange School in Runcorn.
Just a few miles from Kawneer’s production facility, the new school features the Kawneer systems, including AA®100 and AA®110 zone-drained curtain walling, with 50mm and 65mm sightlines respectively, throughout four two-storey wings located around a central "heart" space and public hub.
Designed by Aedas architects, who are regular specifiers of Kawneer systems, the in-situ concrete-framed building caters for 1,350 three to 16-year-olds and is shaped to provide learning zones that give identity to its various facilities.
Posted Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:57:46 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback
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.
Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1:31:51 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback