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dvances in doors, windows and balustrades has meant the performance of these has excelled in recent years, from thermal efficiency right through to safety. Along with the functional benefits, these systems can offer ultimate design statements – contemporary for new builds or traditional to meet restoration requirements. In this month’s dedicated focus, FC&A profiles a number of striking case studies that have delivered in terms of aesthetics and performance. At Dundee’s new Olympia leisure complex, CR Laurence has installed its TAPER-LOC system in several areas including the viewing area, which encloses the different types of seating and staircase arrangements. Turn to page 9 to read about the further benefits. Elsewhere, on page 12 Smart Architectural Aluminium confirms its position as a leading supplier of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems to sensitive refurbishment projects throughout the UK. With the company’s range of solutions, buildings can retain their heritage characteristics, but perform to meet industry ratings. We hope you enjoy this special focus. For further information about any of our contributors or if you wish to comment on a particular issue within this product area, please do not hesitate to get in touch at the usual address.

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Meeting specification demands:

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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems develops new profiles to achieve the most demanding design brief. Automatic frontage opens the doors to the Si Yuan Centre of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham University. CR Laurence’s TAPER-LOC System has created a beautiful frameless balustrade in several areas of Dundee’s new pool and leisure complex.

10 High rise refurbishment:

Profile 22 is specified for the refurb of Harold Wilson Court to meet stringent U-value and wind load requirements.

12 Restoring heritage:

Smart Architectural Aluminium’s Alitherm Heritage door ticks all the boxes for sensitive refurbishment projects.

14 Contemporary rail systems:

Q-railing systems breathes new life into the atrium of the Jaguar Building at Coventry University.

17 Enhance breathtaking views:

Two new additions to SHS Products’ portfolio complement the company’s already comprehensive range of railing solutions.

To support its vision of continuous improvement, Coventry University has invested heavily in developing the city campus. See page 14.

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With ever-increasing demands on the performance of glazing and opening vents, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems has developed and rigorously tested its aluminium window systems to meet the very latest performance and specification demands, ensuring its clients have a future-proof solution.

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he Comar range of solutions, Comar 5P.i and Comar 9P.i High Performance window systems, offers specifiers a comprehensive single source solution that achieves an increased range of window sizes. To achieve this Comar Systems has two profile ranges available: standard and heavy duty, Comar 9P.i has a top projected casement window system with slim 84mm profiles that offers maximum heights of 2500mm. Comar 9P.i Tilt and Turn offers side hung, bottom hung or tilt and turn at a maximum height of 2400mm. Comar 9P.i Parallel Opening offers sizes of up to 3000mm. Depending on the type of build, these configurations can offer a solution for maximum airexchange, smoke ventilation and restricted ventilation with lockable handles for cleaning inside and outside. Comar 9P.i also offers optimum heightened performance in terms of weather and security. Comar 9P.i windows achieved market leading results in terms of water tightness at 900Pa; this ensures that even in the most demanding locations Comar 9P.i will maintain its water integrity.

Security concerns are alleviated with the system exceeding the requirements of PAS 24:2012. Added to this, Comar 5P.i, Comar 9P.i and Comar 5P.i ECO windows hold Kite-marks for both systems supply and security. Comar is also a Secured by Design license holder for its window systems. With regard to Document L, Comar 9P.i has been designed to create a futureproof solution. Comar 9P.i incorporates Comar’s trademarked P.i Polyamide Insulation, creating a thermal break of 34mm. This high performance P.i can be augmented with thermal foam, offering even lower U-values. Comar’s Technical Department back this up with project specific U-values and modelling. With the latest enhancements Comar 9P.i tilt turn can achieve a U-value of 0.99 for a CEN size window and for a CEN size Comar 9P.i fixed light, 0.76. Comar 5P.i ECO achieves a Green Guide rating of ‘A+’, providing points for BREEAM ratings and an ‘A’ Grade Window Energy Ratings (WER) with a standard double glazed unit. Integrated solutions are a cornerstone

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of Comar Systems design. Comar 9P.i Casement, Tilt/Turn and Parallel windows are part of a larger system. The windows can be stand alone, but they also have their own high performance framing system, which offers ladder or mitre frame construction in 80mm or 120mm sections. This allows the completion of floor to ceiling window wall glazing, designed with a maximum height (depending on wind loading) of up to 3000mm. Comar 9P.i provides a value engineered solution by using the framing as an outerframe. In effect, Comar 9P.i reduces the cost of opening vents into framing by a third. To complete this extensive solution, Comar 9P.i offers two door options: rebated and rebated with anti-finger trap stile. These door sets are available in single or double, open-in and open-out and have surpassed the requirements of PAS 23 at 600Pa for air and water and PAS 24:2012 enhanced security. Again, the doors offer a stand-alone option as well as seamless integration into a framed facade. Working with architects Comar currently has a range of profiles in development for project specific solutions that will be added into its standard range. This provides specifiers with the reassurance that Comar will develop new profiles to achieve even their most demanding design briefs, now and in the future.

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Entrance systems work in harmony Creating an impressive frontage, a TORMAX circular-sliding automatic entrance welcomes staff and students to the Si Yuan Centre of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham. combination of functionality and aesthetics, significantly helping minimise heat-loss from the interior.” As pedestrians approach, the external doors slide automatically apart to allow access into a small lobby area where they face a second set of doors leading directly into the building’s reception. The University’s estate portfolio benefits from over 75 TORMAX automatic entrance systems. A planned service and maintenance contract ensures ongoing reliability of key entrances, whilst minimising call-out charges and

unscheduled down-time. “Since the first TORMAX entrance was installed in 1998 the University has been impressed with the reliability of our technologically-advanced automatic door operators,” comments Chris Russon, TORMAX Area Account Manager. “The service contract has proven to be a costeffective way of ensuring all entrances remain in good working order and compliant with current legislation.” The Si Yuan Centre was constructed to provide high quality office, teaching and learning spaces including language labs for the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, the Confucius Institute and the University in general. Completed to an extremely high standard throughout, the Si Yuan Centre incorporates numerous innovative sustainable initiatives such as photovoltaic panels for electricity generation and ground source heat pumps. An international, market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of automatic entrance systems,TORMAX has over 60 years experience developing cutting edge operators to drive its wide range of folding, revolving, swing and sliding doors.

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elivering an entrance up to 40% larger than linear sliding doors, this dual set of contemporary 180° glass doors create a strong architectural statement whilst maximising available space to ensure smooth through-flow of pedestrian traffic. “We first installed a curved-sliding entrance system at the University in 2011, as part of the £5.4m Humanities building development,” explains Managing Director for TORMAX, Simon Roberts. “The configuration of two sets of sliding doors working in harmony represents a superb

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The MCIAT Professional Assessment is a flexible, rigorous, robust and quality assured qualifying process, based on performance and designed to recognise the diversity of Architectural Technology. Candidates must provide an in-depth critical analysis clearly summarising their professional experience. This should be a reflective report and should refer to challenges and successes encountered whilst working on projects and how any issues were resolved. Applicants should also undertake a self-evaluation highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their area(s) of practice. The Professional Assessment process is based on four core competencies: • Designing • Managing • Practising • Developing (self)

Who can apply for the MCIAT Professional Assessment? Any applicant working in or on, for example, academia, general practice, component design, refurbishment, small residential projects, large commercial projects etc within Architectural Technology, should be able to apply their own experience to the Professional Assessment process, but they must hold one of the following membership grades: ACIAT, TCIAT or profile candidate. Each application will be assessed on its merit. However, each applicant will need to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding and professional competence/experience in relation to their sphere/s of practice and demonstrate to the Institute they can meet the expectations of a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.

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CR Laurence’s TAPER-LOC system has facilitated a speedy and simple installation of a new glass balustrade system at Dundee’s eagerly-awaited new Olympia swimming and leisure complex.

alternatives and as it is a totally dry glaze system there is no need for wet cement. The product is completely unique because it uses a horizontal TAPER-LOC design, which allows the system to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set easily

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and efficiently. The TAPER-LOC System conforms to BS6180:2011 and is ideal for replacing scratched and broken panels in existing applications. Wattie Milne, of METALtech – Architectural Metalwork and Structural Glass Specialists who installed all the metalwork and the TAPER-LOC system, comments: “CRL’s range of Architectural Hardware is first-rate. In particular, their TAPER-LOC System enabled a fast and efficient installation, which not only makes our job easier but keeps costs to a minimum. Their products are also backed up with an excellent Technical Support division.” Chris Pepper, Business Development Manager for CRL adds: “This was a great project to be involved with and we are pleased the TAPER-LOC system was the preferred method for installing the balustrading. The TAPER-LOC system has been used for a number of years now on numerous high calibre projects.”

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he brand new complex features a 50m competition pool, wave pool, rapid river, dive pool, flumes and fitness suite. The main pool incorporates a movable floor and end walls to enable it to be reconfigured into a 25m training pool for clubs and public lane swimming. The TAPER-LOC System was used to create a beautiful frameless balustrade in several areas of the pool and leisure complex. The clean lines of the balustrade solution offered a simple but effective method to enclose the different types of seating and staircase arrangements. TAPER-LOC is the simple way to install glass railings and balustrades. It is 50% faster to install than traditional

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When Harold Wilson Court, an 11-storey building comprising 43 one-bedroom flats on Leeds Road in Huddersfield, was originally ear-marked for refurbishment the target was for affordable warmth and cheaper energy costs for its residents.

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unding from the Yorkshire & Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-2013 as part of the BIG Energy Upgrade programme, enabled Kirklees Council and its ALMO, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), to complete elements of the refurbishment in line with the principles of the Passivhaus standard. The year-long renovation was designed by Watson Batty architects. As part of the original brief the windows needed to achieve a U-value of 1.4 W/m2K but under the guidelines of Passivhaus the windows had to get down to a reading of 0.8 W/m2K. Main Contractor, Clugston Construction was charged with procuring a product which met the designated U-value while also achieving a wind load capacity of 2000Pa; Profile 22 Approved Window Contractor Polar Windows was the only company to tender which said that this was possible. Rob Hawkins, Commercial Business Manager for Polar Windows explains how the team reached a solution: “Ordinarily, to gain a 0.8 U-value we would remove

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the steel or aluminium reinforcement in the frame but in this instance, without the reinforcement and with no additional support the window wouldn’t be able to withstand the wind load pressure experienced at such a height. “We developed a product that would not only achieve a low U-value and wind load capacity but one that would also allow us to create quite large windows. This meant that the new windows would have a two-fold benefit for the residents – they would be draught-free and thermally efficient, and they would also let more light into the rooms; an important factor for resident well-being.”

Influential factors It was crucial during the technical design of the window system that Rob, Polar Windows’ Contracts Manager Carl Taylor, and site supervisor Mark Lee liaised with the other sub-contractors and suppliers to head-off any potential issues. For example the EWI in some areas of the building was up to 250mm thick and this had to be factored in when designing the window and planning the installation. The

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solution was a triple-glazed casement window reinforced using a bolster bar fitted to the outside of the frame but inside of the mullion. A total of 150 windows have been installed at Harold Wilson Court but this wasn’t all that Polar Windows had to contend with. In addition to supplying balcony doors which had to adhere to the same wind load capacity and U-value as the windows; fire entrance doors and a bespoke roof access door, the fabricator also had to install the Profile 22 curtain walling system into the stairwell area. Speaking about the transformation, Dave Woodhead, KNH Contracts Manager, said: “The new homes are currently being let to people on the Kirklees housing register and offer the latest in affordable, energy efficient, secure and modern living. Harold Wilson Court is a bespoke building and sets precedence for other social housing providers and landlords; this tower block is proof that a truly thermally efficient refurbishment is possible.”

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Smart secures buildings’ heritage The recent launch of Smart Architectural Aluminium’s Alitherm Heritage door reinforced the company’s position as one of the leading suppliers of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems to sensitive refurbishment projects throughout the UK.

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he new Alitherm Heritage door shares the same characteristics and features of the company’s established Evolution window range, which has been used in a number of renovation, refurbishment and heritage projects to replace traditional materials, providing a perfect solution for listed buildings and projects where planning or design demands dictate the specification of sympathetic replacement materials. The Alitherm Heritage door and Evolution window ranges both reflect the slim profiles and lines of traditional steel doors and windows – but with a ‘B’ Window Energy Rating, the systems combine elegant aesthetics with outstanding thermal performance.With slim, thermally-broken profiles, the windows are available in a number of

formats, including fixed-pane, sash and casement options, each designed to be built as a series of horizontal modules which can be stacked using couplers to form a multi-part window. Both door and window ranges are available in either single or dual polyester powder coated finishes and have been weather tested in accordance with BS6375: Part 1. Three recently completed projects which have been designed, manufactured and installed by Avdon Bristol Limited, a Smart specialist partner, demonstrate the benefits of Smart’s heritage systems, with social housing, student accommodation and visitor centre projects all benefiting from these modern materials. Situated on the edge of the Olympic Park in Bow, East London, the Taylor Place development completed by the East

Images: Above: Smart Evolution windows were specified at 33 Colston Street Left: Smart windows and doors were also specified for the recently completed ss Great Britain visitor centre Above right: Green polyester powder-coated Smart Evolution windows were specified for the refurbishment of the Taylor Place development Below right: Smart’s commercial door and framing system was used for the main entrance on the ground floor

Thames Group, consists of 158 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Located on the site of a former chocolate factory and warehouse which was originally built in 1897, this 16-storey mixed residential and commercial development also features studios for local artists, film makers and designers. Avdon manufactured, supplied and installed materials for the refurbishment part of this project. To retain the design style of the original structure which featured steel windows, green polyester powder-coated Smart Evolution windows were specified for the refurbishment project, with a combination of casement, top-hung and side-hung units installed. On the building’s front elevation, arch-headed windows were set back into the original brickwork reveals to maintain the building’s traditional

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building. Smart also supplied the entrance doors and framing system for the ground floor (in a brown finish) with the glazed panels featuring a unique selection of ‘etched’ drawings depicting various local scenes. The whole glazing scheme helped contribute to the achievement of a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’. Amongst a number of other projects in Bristol, Smart windows and doors were also specified for the recently completed ss Great Britain visitor centre.

aesthetics. Completing the project, Smart’s commercial door and framing system was used for the main entrance on the ground floor and the company’s Visoline doors and tilt and turn windows were installed into a new steel frame extension constructed on the building’s roof to provide additional accommodation. In Bristol, a student accommodation building at 33 Colston Street was acquired by the city’s university in 2009 and underwent a complete refurbishment prior to accepting students for the first time in 2011. Originally built in the 1930s, the red brick building had been home to Bristol’s YMCA hostel until the freehold was bought by the University who then carried out a £6m refurbishment programme to provide 121 study bedrooms and communal areas for students. Again, Smart Evolution windows were specified for the project, the lines exactly matching the original steel windows that had been a feature of the building’s design. The upper floor casement windows were installed in a white polyester powder coated finish, and incorporated acoustic night vents to help maintain air flow while keeping external noise out of the

This high profile project, which was completed in 2010, was part new-build and part refurbishment, with the scheme ultimately delivering a new visitor centre and museum on the site as well as 200 new apartments. The new building was designed to reflect Brunel’s original Steam Engine Factory that was built in the 1830s, with the brickwork and window and door detailing echoing its original features. A combination of some 600 Smart Visoline tilt & turn and casement windows and Visoline doors, was installed in the building, with the window combination design producing the look of ‘dummy doors’ on the building’s balconies. The front elevation also appears to feature arch-headed windows, although these are actually square-headed on the inside, with feature panels on the external face forming the arch – a unique design concept developed by Avdon. Internally, the building’s walkways feature narrow window ‘strips’ in the kitchens of the apartments, allowing light and air into rooms, without compromising privacy. With the refurbishment and renovation sector continuing to grow, it’s clear that Smart has both the products and the proven expertise to deliver projects that provide the performance benefits of modern materials with the appropriate aesthetics required for sensitive locations.

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Positive steps to learning

Below left: The atrium will create a cafe and breakout space wrapped with teaching rooms and academic workspace

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he complete project comprises a new main entrance into the building off Gosford Street, external repaving, a full refit of the first floor of the triangle area, and a complete refurbishment of the square end, adjacent to Sir William Lyons building. A significant element of this project has been the infilling of the existing courtyard to create an informal learning and social space with a feature glazed roof. Q-railing’s recommended installer, Tri-Dev, was tasked with designing and installing a new staircase, a balustrade surrounding the atrium area, and the refurbishment of an existing staircase. The atrium will create a cafe and breakout space wrapped with teaching rooms and academic workspace.

Stylish environment The refurbishment had to be carried out over a 9-week period to coincide with the academic break in order for the building to open in time for fresher’s week. The solution comprised a range of high-quality stainless steel and glass products combining to give stylish aesthetics that created the contemporary working environment sought by the university. Tri-Dev specified Q-railing Easy Glass Slim, a frameless glass balustrade system

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that provides complete transparency. It was the ideal solution to create an airy, open working environment. A completely modular system, Easy Glass Slim is clean and quick to install, imperative when a tight deadline has to be met.

On-site flexibility Q-railing Easy Glass Slim is the economical solution in the company’s range of minimalist glass railing systems. Easy Glass Slim’s light weight makes its base shoe easy to manoeuvre on site. What’s more, the Safety Wedge System gets installation done in no time. A total of 80m was installed of Q-railing’s Easy Glass Slim system with toughened glass and stainless steel cap rail. Q-railing is known worldwide for its unique railing systems. The design ethos of the company is based on safety, simplicity, quality and fast installation. Whether the project involves a major public building or an intimate private residence, the architectural details can have a significant impact on the end result. With Q-railing systems, the designer’s vision can be brought to reality.

Coventry University is an evolving and innovative institution with a growing reputation for excellence. To support its vision of continuous improvement, the university has invested heavily in developing the city campus. This ongoing work has included the refurbishment of the Jaguar Building, which provides a learning centre for graduates.

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SHS Products, one of the UK’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of both domestic and commercial stainless steel and glass balustrade solutions, based in the West Midlands, has enjoyed its most successful year to date following the success of two new, innovative market leading products in the UK.

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he new products, Infinity and Key-Link, both launched last year, are a range of new aluminium railing systems. They have been brought to the market to new and existing customers to fill current void which exists from a lack of quality, innovative products in the UK market between the more traditional stainless steel and glass balustrades and wooden/ plastic balustrades. With commercial customers already including the likes of Barclays, Marks & Spencer, Audi, Selfridges,Virgin Active and

Below: Make a bold statement with Key-Link, where beauty and strength combine to provide elegant, lasting appeal

success of these products to carry on throughout 2014 and look forward to the exciting new projects which come our way because of that continued success. “We are delighted to be providing the UK with some of the most attractive balustrade systems on the market that don’t sacrifice style or safety.

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Images: Above: A uniquely simple but beautiful balustrade system, the ‘Infinity topless railing system offers strength, style and versatility

BMW and with thousands of satisfied domestic customers all over the country, the new ranges have helped open the door to a plethora of new clients with wide and varied balustrade requirements. Mark Busby, Director of SHS Products said: “We have seen with confidence that these new products are revolutionising what is currently available to specifiers in the UK market, providing our clients with attractive, durable, maintenance free, aluminium railing options which provide style and strength in equal measure at a very affordable price. We expect the

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Bespoke systems The two additions to SHS Products’ portfolio complement the company’s already comprehensive range of railing solutions which includes glass balustrade systems, frameless glass balustrades, wire rope infill systems, stainless steel balustrades, and more. SHS Products is also able to manufacture bespoke railing systems for clients to give them the perfect safety solution for their projects, as well as provide them with components and complete systems. The new, innovative, market-leading products have been on show during recent months, most recently at Spatex 2014 – the leading wet leisure industry trade show where they received rave reviews from the thousands in attendance. Infinity and Key-Link are proving to be a hit with specifiers everywhere. New to the UK and exclusive to SHS is the Infinity range of topless railing

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systems for million pound views. A uniquely simple but beautiful balustrade system, the Infinity’ topless railing system offers strength, style and versatility while eliminating the upper and lower rails, in turn, providing clients with unobstructed vistas. An Infinity topless railing system is the ultimate fashion statement for decking and terraces. Meanwhile the Key-Link Aluminium railing system offers a unique, maintenance-free, weather-resistant system suitable for any home or garden decking area. Stunning and sophisticated, this railing system creates a unique design that is both radiant and strong. Make a bold statement with Key-Link, where beauty and strength combine to provide elegant, lasting appeal for a lifetime.

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