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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.

Please click here to read our full story on the new British Gas Regional HQ.

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.

Please click here to read our full story on Spires Academy.

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.

Please click here to read our full story on Stratford Halo.

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.

Please click here to download your copy of the bulletin

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.

Please click here to read our full story on The Grange School

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.

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