Comar in conjunction with their approved fabricator Tradeglaze provided and installed the Aluminium solutions for the new KLIC Innovation Centre, Nar Ouse Regeneration area based in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
The 22,000sq ft centre is owned by Nwes the leading enterprise agency and delivers long awaited state-of-the-art commercial work space for the West Norfolk area. This £5 million centre was made possible with £2.5 million of funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnerships – Growing Places Fund and £1,150,000 million from the local Borough Council.
Comar systems installed on this project were: 6EFT Curtain Walling, Comar 9P.i Fixed Lights with Comar 7P.i Commercial Doors installed for the external entrances.
Architect: Fielden & Mawson
Contractor: R G Carter, Kings Lynn
Chamberlain Student Accommodation
The University of Birmingham’s new Chamberlain Hall Student Accommodation is an impressive example of regeneration which is in keeping with the landscape as well as providing all essential capacity growth for the future. Consisting of 2 linked tall towers at 17 at & 21 stories and 5 “finger” blocks.
With the modern financial implications of studying and attracting international students, accommodation needs are changing. The University of Birmingham now has a building which gives good quality architecture and a landmark to Birmingham’s skyline that advertises the quality of the institute to perspective students and their parents.
Feasibility studies indicated that to increasing the density could not be achieved with the existing floor-plan therefore a new building was commissioned. The design concept was to maintain the links to the previous building tower yet create a design that was modern, light; creating a place where students would want to live, socialise and study.
The Façade concept was to ensures that the palette of colours is sympathetic to the landscape, using rich coppers, and an intelligent use of brickwork the building merges into the landscape and maintains cross corridor views to the lake.
The façade had to provide function as well as form. Day-lighting is vital to aid with studying, no dark gloomy corners, a light and airy interior is desirable. Natural ventilation was a must, however, in keeping with the structured façade open-in windows were required fronted with ventilation panels, to allow ventilation yet not impact on the façades integrity, maintaining the clean lines and sleek elevations.
Making the façade work and integrate with all the cladding elements involved Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems designing new methods of fixing. The flush façade was a must and all the elements: Comar Glazing, Mesh and Copper panels needed to integrate.
One of the engineering challenges on the project was the connection of the perforated copper cladding panels to the Comar 6EFT curtain walling. This connection had a few considerations, such as the metals being at opposite ends of the galvanic table, aesthetic demands, thermal performance and the structural considerations of loading panels to Comar 6EFT curtain walling.
Continental Installations worked closely with Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems and main contractor Balfour Beatty on the complex façade. The team designed a bespoke capping profile which was extruded with re-enforced walls capable of fixing the copper panels directly to it. A heavy duty pressure plate with a fixing port arrangement, was used to mechanically fix the capping to the pressure plate. Subsequent regular fixings then transmitted the applied loads back to the rear structural mullion member to ensure there was no thermal bridging. All connections were fully isolated to prevent bi-metallic corrosion.
This bespoke design then included inward full height opening windows which sat behind the façade, Comar 5P.i Advanced Tilt/Turn open in windows were selected. These windows were perfect for the application as they offer slim sight-lines, thus maximising daylighting as well as the profiles themselves have thicker walls that provide robustness and large spans to ensure they stand the test of time.
On the window elements Comar 5P.i Advanced Tilt/Turn open in windows were selected. These tilt/turn windows are perfect for the application, they offer slim sight-lines to maximise day-lights as well as the profiles themselves have wide wall thicknesses that provide robustness to ensure they stand the test of time. The wire mesh fitted directly onto the window.
The five finger blocks were sited to draw people through the buildings and connect with the landscape beyond. Full height windows were selected, again, from the Comar 5P.i Advanced Tilt/Turn range. Fritted glass was used to the bottom of the glazing, allowing light, but prevents items below the desk being seen from the outside. The use of bay windows provide a feature to the buildings facade and views of the landscape for occupants. At upper levels again to maximise views, study bedrooms have splayed bay windows, a feature in the original 1960s Mason Hall.
Systems Used: Comar 6EFT Curtain Walling, Comar 5P.i Advanced Tilt & Turn Windows & Comar 7P.i CD Doors
Project Value: Part of £42 Million Redevelopment
Photographer: John Kees Photography
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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Anglia Fixing Ltd; completed an extended rebuild of John Ray Infants School which was burnt to the ground during a 12 hour fire, days before the pupils returned from summer holidays. This extended new build project has enabled the school to increase its intake from 285 to 360 pupils providing much needed extra school places in the local community.
This project was completed using Comar 5P.i ECO Top Hung Windows. The aluminium P.i & P.i ECO window and door systems use trademarked Polyamide Insulated (P.i) that provides exceptional thermal performance and reduces heat loss through the thermal break ensuring low U-values and therefore ensuring energy bills are minimised.
Comar 7P.i Commercial Doors are a natural choice in a busy school environment and were selected for the main entrance and external doors. The doors and windows were hung directly into the Comar 9P.i Framing system which was also used to install a large glazed area to the schools front facade.
Architects: Fielder & Mawson
Fabricator: Anglia Fixing Ltd
Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall PLC
System Used: Comar 5P.i ECO (Top Hung), 9P.i Framing & 7P.i CD
Location: Braintree, Essex
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator Anglia Fixing Ltd completed a new build office and warehousing unit for British Gaskets in Sudbury, Suffolk.
Comar 5P.i ECO top hung casement windows were specified. These windows offer outstanding weather performance and reduce heat loss through the trademark P.i thermal break ensuring low U-values and keeping energy bills to a minimum. Comar 5P.i ECO is a casement window system which includes a 55mm and 75mm option.
Anglia Fixing were able to ensure that this project could be completed within the restraints of the budget and that Comar 6EFT Curtain Walling system complied with the latest CWCT standards. Comar 6EFT mullion drained, thermally broken, stick construction curtain walling with drained capping and pressure equalised was installed to create the large glazed areas to the front and side of the building, enabling as much natural daylight as possible to the main staircase.
Comar 7P.i Commercial Door sets were the natural choice for this busy office project. For safety, the Comar 7P.i Commercial Doors were fitted with Anti-Finger Trap stiles which were hung directly from the Comar 6EFT curtain walling.
All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing. Anglia Fixing Ltd liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines.
Architects: Wincer Kievenaar
Fabricator: Anglia Fixing Ltd
Main Contractor: SEH French
Project Value: £33K Metal
System Used: Comar 5P.i ECO (Top Hung), 6EFT (Capped) & 7P.i CD
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Comar are delighted to announce they have been accredited with BM Trada
Q-Mark certification for:
- Window General Performance – BS 4873 Aluminium
- Enhanced Security Window Scheme –
PAS 24:2012 & BS 4873 Aluminium
- Enhanced Security Door – PAS 24:2012
& BS 4873 Aluminium
This now enables our fabricators to achieve Secured By Design compliance via the
BSi or the Q-Mark certification.
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Anglia Fixing Ltd; recently completed a change of use refurbishment at Cater House in Chelmsford, Essex. The former 8 storey purpose built office block which boosts a city centre location adjacent to the River Can, has been converted into 35 apartments.
This change of use project was completed using Comar 5P.i Top Hung Casement Windows to the communal stairways. Comar 5P.i ECO Casement, Top & Side Hung windows and Comar 7P.i ECO Rebated Doors being specified for the apartments. The aluminium P.i window and door systems use trademarked Polyamide Insulated (P.i) that provides exceptional thermal performance and reduces heat loss through the thermal break ensuring low U-values and therefore ensuring energy bills are minimised.
Comar 7 Doors are a natural choice in a busy residential building and were selected for the main entrance doors and external staircases. Comar 7 Doors are available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto sliding and sliding folding. These doors were hung directly into the Comar 3 Ground Floor Treatment and were internally beaded using 28mm DG units.
All aluminium was finished in a Hipca White Gloss polyester powder coat to BS6496.
Architects: John Finch Partnership
Fabricator: Anglia Fixing Ltd
Main Contractor: Land Charter Ltd
Project Value: £230,000System Used: Comar 3, 5P.i, 5P.i ECO (Top, Side & Fixed) 7P.i ECO (Rebated) & 7 (Pivot)
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Veranti Systems; recently completed the new Seaford Library complex in East Sussex. This multi million pound project is part of the Sutton Park Road development for East Sussex County Council and Saxon Weald Homes and includes a library, cafe, supported living for adults with learning disabilities and adult day services for older people.
This mixed use project was completed using Comar 5P.i Tilt & Turn windows, Comar 6EFT Curtain Walling, Comar 7 Folding Sliding Doors and Comar 7P.i CD doors in both Pivot and Sliding configurations. Comar 5Pi window system uses trademarked Polyamide Insulated (P.i) that provides exceptional thermal performance in a market where energy efficient designs and meeting the demands of the latest building regulations are paramount. From fifteen basic Comar 5Pi profiles, all window configurations, such as casement, top swing reversible, pivot, tilt and turn and sliding can be manufactured.
The architect’s design vision was to create a continuous wall of glass to the libraries ground floor facade. With this in mind, and to ensure the design brief could be achieved, Comar 6EFT was selected as it offers architects a flexible system, providing a structurally glazed solution, with options for facets, concealed vents and an extensive range of profiles that cater for large structurally glazed panes.
In a mixed use development both Comar 7 and Comar 7P.i CD systems are a natural choice. Not only are they available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding, they have been designed specifically to be suitable for public and domestic applications. The entrance doors to the library were also required to comply with the Disability & Equality Act 2010.