Comar Part of TPG Celebrate 50 Years

Comar part of TPG – The Parkside Group – Hit Their Half Century

TPG – The Parkside Group Limited would like to take this opportunity to thank all their architectural, contractor and fabricator clients as they celebrate their 50th year and welcome in their Golden anniversary.  As an independent, privately owned British company, The Parkside Group Limited shares it’s remarkable history and here highlights its ambitious strategy for the future.

In 1967, London, a joinery business was founded with a start-up loan of a mere £300.  This small enterprise has now grown into The Parkside Group Limited which includes the market leading brands of Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, Axim Architectural Hardware and Alu-Timber.

Hardwired within the DNA of a business that has survived and thrived for over 50 years is customer service.  To put this longevity in perspective, when The Parkside Group Limited was founded, NASA had not yet taken a giant leap for mankind and landed on the moon.  Since 1967 The Parkside Group Limited has worked through great recessions, 3-day weeks and the Black Monday crash, whilst always maintaining its unique customer service ethos;  working with customers to supply innovative solutions that make their businesses profitable.

The Parkside Group Limited actively seeks to supply solutions and market leading delivery, that provides the market with cost efficiencies which stand the test of time.  Examples of this are operating a 100% in-stock philosophy and twice weekly delivery service, so fabricators can utilise all the cost savings of a JIT policy and for our specification clients creating bespoke aluminium profiles & systems that provide fast-track, robust solutions.  In 1987 Axim Architectural Hardware joined the group and the famous TC-8800 Transom Closer stormed the door hardware market, and still today Axim is the number 1 branded architectural door closer for reliability and performance.

To celebrate the Golden Anniversary, The Parkside Group Limited has a new brand identity to take them through the next 50 years of ambitious plans.  The Parkside Group Limited, now TPG, uses the heritage of the diamond logo, branding aluminium with “TPG” to reassure its partners of the TPG mark of quality.  This is backed up with a new website which outlines the Group’s TPG: 2025 strategy, highlighting the processes that have, and always will be, critical to the businesses success. 

In 2017, TPG:2025 has never been more important, as it aligns with the Government’s “Construction: 2025” objectives.  By publishing our TPG: 2025 strategy, TPG will continue to be the partner of choice for the design and delivery of innovative building envelope solutions to the construction industry.  TPG is proud to be a highly responsive, service orientated, independent business that is known to help, support and value its employees, customers, suppliers and business partners.  TPG’s goal is to be a company that is a dynamic leader, respected for its professionalism, customer focus and entrepreneurial spirit now and in the future.

The cornerstone of TPG: 2025 is its Innovation Strategy.  TPG’s Innovation Strategy introduced the Stage Gate process into New Product Development to take advantage of technological advances in terms of materials, performance and production methodologies.  A cross function team works together to research and deliver new products to program, to provide partners with a future proof supplier that develops products that will meet the market’s requirements both now and in the future.

The competitive advantage of the innovation strategy provides “fast to market” new products that exceed the offer of the competition at a cost-efficient price.

Examples of this are the launch of Comar 6EFT Curtain Walling suite, a system with glazing sizes up to 54mm and high-span additional mullions and transoms, that have the highest Ixx and Iyy values in the industry.  This offers wider spans with smaller box sizes, providing value engineered solutions for designers and contractors alike.

In 2017 TPG launches Comar 6EFT Unitised, which features a unique 3 seal arrangement that offers outstanding weather performance coupled with options to accommodate high building movements.

Furthermore, our Comar 10 Window has also been launched, winning an award for innovation.  Comar 10 is a Passivhaus B Certified product with U‐values as low as 0.66 coupled with processes that cut manufacturing costs by 70%. 

Marking the 50th anniversary with such innovative products, TPG, with its market leading brands, will continue to supply innovative solutions that make customers’ businesses profitable now and in the future.

www.parksidegroup.co.uk

T: 020 8685 9685

E: projects@parksidegroup.co.uk

 

 

Aluminium Specified for Innovation Hub

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.

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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.klic_023

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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

Fabricator: Tradeglaze

Aluminium Solution -Tall Buildings for Students

 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.

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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 wacomar-chamberlain-tower-blocknt 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.

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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 plateuob-ch-022 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.   uob-ch-037Fritted 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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School ReBuild – Aluminium Windows & Doors to the Rescue

front coverComar 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.

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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

 

Aluminium Windows & Doors for Warehouse & Offices

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.

 

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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

New Territory Manager – East Anglia

Comar are delighted to announce Matt Thetford has joined us Territory Manager.  Matt will be covering the following areas:

  • Essex (Outside M25)
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Bedfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Hertfordshire

Contact Matt at mattt@parksidegroup.co.ukweymouth fire station@parksidegroup.co.uk

Aluminium Windows, Doors Refurb for Change of Use Apartments

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.Cater House, Chelmsford, Essex

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.

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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

   

New Library & Supported Living for Local Community

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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.

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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 Aluminium Complete New Student Accomodation

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.

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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. 

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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