Kawneer UK Ltd is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of architectural aluminium systems
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New London office opened by Kawneer


Kawneer now has a new presence in the capital.

Designed to be even more convenient for capital-based specifiers to meet Kawneer representatives and get up close and personal with samples of the company’s curtain walling, window and door systems, the new office is at 12 Berwick Street, in the heart of Soho.

It opened in the New Year and comprises a first-floor meeting room with literature, graphics boards and flat screen TV for presentations including CPDs as well as the samples.

Staffed by Kawneer architectural advisers and proposals engineers, the new office is designed to give an enhanced London presence to support the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Runcorn, Cheshire.

Kawneer’s new London office is available on 0207 287 5911.

Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3:36:23 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer was the designer’s favourite for Cheltenham

Kawneer was the designer’s favourite for Cheltenham

Architectural aluminium systems from Kawneer were specified for the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse, The Jockey Club’s largest-ever single investment, to “set a quality standard”.

The £45 million project feature’s 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 folding/sliding doors and series 190 heavy duty commercial entrance doors.

They were installed for main contractor Kier Construction by specialist sub-contractor and Kawneer-approved installer Aluminium Sashes on all levels of the 7,500m² state-of-the-art multi-level, amphitheatre-like Princess Royal Grandstand. The project was completed over 18 months in time for The 2016 festival.

Designed by regular Kawneer specifiers Roberts Limbrick architects, the 6,500-capacity grandstand was constructed of steel frame with reconstituted stone plinth and composite cladding above, interlaced with the two types of Kawneer curtain walling. It replaces the previous “A&R”  block which was built in the 1920s, the Royal Box, which was built in 1952, the tote terrace and 55 other boxes which were built in the 1920s and 1930s.

Please click here to read our full press release on the redevelopment project.

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 2:13:15 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems help a new church win an award


Architectural glazing systems by Kawneer have been specified for an award-winning community church for their ability to match performance with cost-effectiveness.

Installed for main contractor Farrans Construction by specialist sub-contractor JPJ Installations, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®540 top-hung casement vents, and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors and swing doors were selected by Barber Casanovas Ruffles architects for the £5 million Cambridge Community Church (C3).

The new church for C3, a vibrant contemporary evangelical church, was built on the site of the previous St Stephens Church on Brookes Road, Cambridge, with a brief to provide a state-of-the-art facility that was large, spacious and welcoming to existing and prospective worshippers.

Barber Casanovas Ruffles met the brief designing a three-storey circa 2,900m² steel frame and composite slab building. The main frontage responds to the site and Coldhams Lane roundabout and is curved on plan to respond to the site boundary and public footpath. The site location is on a gateway into Cambridge. The building comprises a 500-seat auditorium, multi-purpose rooms, full catering facilities, offices, break-out areas and a walk-in café for all members of the public.

The heavily-glazed building is also faced with brickwork and is expressed with glulam beams in facetted structural bays. Planning requirements dictated high levels of acoustic control to retain noise within the building. The design responded to this requirement and the building completed to suit.

Some elements of the old church were salvaged and inserted into the new building. These included the existing church cross from the top of the original church roof and cast concrete lintels with integral cross insignia.

Please click here to read our full press release on the church.

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 2:08:06 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer launches next-generation curtain wall system

 Kawneer launches next-generation curtain wall system

Kawneer has introduced a phase of enhancements to its AA®100 curtain wall system, future proofing its ability to meet the highest standards of thermal performance and weight capacity.

The AA®100 curtain wall system with 50mm sightlines provides a unique dry-jointed façade solution that has been designed and developed to provide the specifier with opportunities to create original and exciting facades in residential, commercial, healthcare, education, and retail and leisure applications.

Available in a variety of styles, it is suitable for vertical and sloped applications including facetted walls, and to provide complete design flexibility is also available as horizontally-capped, SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) and fire resistant systems.

Kawneer UK, which manufactures from a state-of-the-art factory in Runcorn, Cheshire, has drawn upon the experience of its sister companies in Europe to launch the new features which include CWCT (Centre for Window and Cladding Technology) certification.

These include increasing the infill weight for zone-drained constructions from 350kg to 600kg while the addition of a 36mm thermal break to the existing suite of 16mm, 20mm and 26mm provides even greater thermal performance and increases the glazing depth to allow up to 50mm triple-glazed units. The system has also been accredited to the standards of the Passivhaus Institute.

The successful CWCT test covered both options of frame gaskets and linear to linear gaskets.

Please click here to read our full press release on the launch.

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 2:00:11 PM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer systems help to set three precedents at Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on the only purpose-built arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.

Installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Systems for design and build contractor ISG, Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained curtain walling and 451PT thermally-broken framing system, both with narrow 50mm sightlines, are complemented by AA®720 HI tilturn windows on the £66+ million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Hotel development.

The exhibition centre, which links to the existing BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena via a 35m sky bridge, incorporates a 216-room four-star Pullman hotel, the group's first new-build in the UK and its first hotel outside London.

Constructed concurrently over two years on the city's 18th Century waterfront by ISG to designs by architects Denton Corker Marshall, the exhibition centre hosted its first event in September 2015 and the hotel opened to the public in February 2016.

The 87,000ft2 steel frame exhibition centre, which has more than doubled existing capacity at ACC Liverpool, features a Kawneer-glazed public atrium with stunning views across the River Mersey and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

As well as the atrium, it also features food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three equally-sized halls of 2,100m2 can be divided by moveable walls, with the centre capable of hosting major international exhibitions, conventions, concerts and sporting events.

The 116,000ft2 Pullman Hotel has been cleverly designed as three feature tubes which reduce the overall mass of the building. Here there is extensive Kawneer glazing and a spacious double-height atrium at its lower levels. The nine-storey concrete frame building features a guest gym, with ground floor reception, bar and restaurant plus meeting space located at first floor level.

Please click here to read our full story on Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:01:25 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer releases case study on an exemplar sustainable building

Kawneer releases case study on an exemplar sustainable building

Kawneer has just published a case study outlining how we 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 view/download the ESRI case study.

Posted Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer creates new operating region and appoints an additional architectural adviser

 Kawneer creates new operating region and appoints an additional architectural adviser

In response to increasing business levels, Kawneer has just created a new South East operating region, South and West of London and stretching from Hampshire and Berkshire to the Eastern tip of Kent.

The area will be served by newly appointed Architectural Adviser Richard Moore (pictured above). He will be working closely with architects, main contractors and dealers. Aged 30 and living in Eastleigh, Richard has a quantity surveying and estimating background and lists his hobbies as weight lifting, football, skydiving, family trips and cooking

Posted Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10:03:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

Kawneer launches new video featuring AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Door

Kawneer has just released the above video demonstrating the benefits of its AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Door.

Entitled "The Art and the Way to Find Innovative Solutions" the video uses advanced computer rendering and animation techniques to take the viewer on a detailed virtual tour of every aspect of the product.

The AA®3720 Folding/Sliding Door has been developed as a solution for projects that demand the highest levels of thermal and weathering performance at a competitive price. It uses advanced thermal break technology, ensuring thermal efficiency and full compliance with Approved Document L. The polyamide thermal break allows for single or dual colour options. The use of extruded gasket profiles and drain and ventilate strategy enable the system to achieve its weathering performance.

Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:54:00 AM | Permalink | Comments(0) | Trackback

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

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