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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 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.
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Barking Shopfronts; recently completed a change of use building refurbishment on Grove House, Ealing, London. Situated between Ealing High Street and the Ealing Green Conservation Area, this building was a 1980’s unused former teaching facility, forming part of the University of West London, has now been transformed into 100 self contained studios for students. Barking Shopfronts were able to ensure that this project could be completed within the restraints of the budget.
This building conversion was completed using Comar 5P.i Tilt & Turn and fixed light windows, Comar 6EFT curtain walling to the main entrances and stairways, Comar 7P.i Doors for the entrances with Comar 9P.i Framing used for the side lights.
Comar 6EFT 4sided SG provides a structurally glazed solution with EPDM or Silicon seals, 6EFT offers architects the opportunity to maximise a glazed area as it has the slimmest seals on the market enabling as much natural daylight as possible into the staircases.
In a busy residential and particularly high traffic student environment, Comar 7P.i Commercial Door sets are a natural choice. Not only are they available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding, they have been designed specifically for public applications. All aluminium was powder coated to a Grey RAL 7037 Matt finish.
Architects: Aros Architects
Fabricator: Barking Shopfronts Ltd
Main Contractor: Bennett Construction
Project Value: £360K
System Used: Comar 5P.i, 6EFT, 7P.i, 9P.i
Location: Ealing, London
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator Veranti Systems completed a new build 2 form entry Catholic Primary School in Poplar, East London. Formed out of a merger of two schools the bright and eye catching design uses brick to match the surrounding area and is wrapped with shards of colour in the form of Brise Soleil. The overhanging roof ensures extra shading; with the roof line being reminiscent of Poplar’s ship building past and the skyline of London’s Canary Wharf featuring as the backdrop. Achieving a BREEAM rating of excellent the school has been shortlisted for a 2015 ‘Construction Award’.
Comar 5P.i. Top/ Side Hung and Fixed Light thermally efficient polyamide insulated windows were specified. These aluminium windows offer outstanding weather performance and reduce heat loss through the trademark P.i thermal break ensuring low U-values so energy bills are minimised.
Comar 6 curtain walling is a versatile thermally efficient system designed to integrate panels and glass of different widths into the façade with special profiles to include opening vents and doors. The design of Comar 6 makes it ideal for complex facetted curtain walls as well as sheer glazed facades. Comar 6 was selected due to its slim 50mm profiles which maximised the glazed area for natural day lighting.
In a busy education environment, Comar 7 sets are a natural choice. Not only are they available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding, they have been designed specifically for applications where high traffic solutions are required. For safety, the Comar 7 doors were fitted with anti-finger trap stiles, Axim soft touch panic exit devices and Axim concealed transom closers which were hung directly from the Comar 6 frame and complied with the Disability & Equality Act 2010.
Architects: Green Tea Architects, SE London
Fabricator: Veranti Systems, Hampshire
Main Contractor: 8 Build, London
System Used: Comar: 5P.i, 6, 7P.i CD & Ducosun Cubic 200/ 300
Ashton 6th Form College’s new reception was designed by the GA Studio, Manchester and is a featured project in the 2015 Manchester Architectural Review. Both Comar 6 EFT Curtain Walling and Comar 7 Auto Sliding Doors were specified for this eye catching project.
Comar are the proud sponsors of the Architectural Practice of the Year Award.
The Building Awards take place on 22nd April 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Best of luck to all the nominees.