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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

Kawneer launches case study on record breaking Welsh school

Gateway To The Valleys Secondary School Case Study Launched

Kawneer has just published a new case study outlining the specification of our architectural glazing systems for the record-breaking Gateway to the Valleys (Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen) secondary school in Bridgend

AA®100 capped curtain walling and low/medium-duty swing and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors were specified by frequent Kawneer users architects Scott Brownrigg throughout the school. These are complemented by AA®541 top-hung BRE Green Guide A+-rated and Secured by Design casement windows.

The new secondary school and community campus represents one of the largest single investments in a shared community and education building in Wales. The new community campus, on an existing 39-acre site, incorporates a 1,570-place comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 18 and a 604m2 dedicated community facility which includes a café, a multi-agency hub and child care unit.

The school is conceived as a series of "colleges" grouped around a community heart space rotunda, the geometries derived from existing axes and from specific references to elements found within the existing context.

The scheme won the BREEAM Education Award 2013 and is the first BREEAM Outstanding high school of its type in the UK. It was designed and delivered through BIM, which brought clear benefits to the client, design and construction team alike.

The Kawneer systems were installed over 15 months by approved specialist sub-contractor Dudley’s Aluminium for main contractor Bouygues UK.

Please click here to read our full case study on the Gateway to the Valleys School.


Posted Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:38:00 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

AA®720 + Slimchain - a winning combination

AA®720 + Slimchain - a winning combination


Kawneer’s AA®720 Parallel Opening Window now combines with GEZE's award winning Slimchain window drive system to fully comply with health and safety requirements and provide superior automated ventilation strategies for all types of project.

Providing effective ventilation around the entire window perimeter, this new and innovative CE-marked assisted opening system has been jointly developed by Kawneer and GEZE. It has been fully tested to the PAS 24:2012 enhanced security performance standard.

The Kawneer Parallel Opening Window system has proven thermal performance, achieving U-values of 1.5 W/m2K for a CEN sized window with a warm edge spacer, offering exceptional levels of natural ventilation and air exchange.

Slimchain is part of GEZE's range of window drives which share a uniform, discreet design and innovative Smart fix installation system. It is adaptable enough to fulfil diverse requirements relating to loads, upstroke lengths, opening widths and the widest range of types of installation.

The system offers more versatile design options than other solutions as Slimchain can be used on windows up to 400kg - a significant weight handling advantage over competing products.

AA®720 + Slimchain is backed with full support from Kawneer and GEZE’s technical, estimating and design teams, plus the reassurance of extensive testing of a totally integrated assisted opening system.

Please click here to read our new technical bulletin on AA®720 + Slimchain.


Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:43:00 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Installation of Kawneer Glazing Systems continues on major new campus for Imperial College, London

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Work is progressing on the installation of Kawneer glazing systems on Block C of The White City Campus, a major new campus for Imperial College, London.

Designed by Aukett Swanke, the project will ultimately feature Kawneer's AA®201 Single Skin Unitised Curtain Wall, our Twin Wall Bespoke Unitised System, AA®720 Fixed Light Windows and AA®720 Doors.

Located on a site adjacent to Imperial's existing Hammersmith Medical Campus, the new complex will provide multidisciplinary research space for the College's scientists and engineers to tackle some of the global challenges faced today.

Façade installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of May/early June with the whole project due for completion in July.


Posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:05:21 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

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