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

School Achieves Excellent BREEAM Rating & Shortlisted for ‘Construction Award’ 2015

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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.

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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

 

 

Comar Juxtaposition – Manchester

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.

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Aluminium: Future Proof Capability

Aluminium:  The Trusted Building Material Offering Future Proof Capability.

Aluminium is the ubiquitous construction material, constantly evolving with design.  It is a building material that offers the designer reassurance as well as catering for new demands.  For construction professionals gaining a grasp of its capability is a future proof skill.

Aluminium gives the architect the opportunity to design feature and style to a building every time it is specified.  Naturally, each project is different and aluminium can complete the design concept of even the most innovative practice.  Developments in 3D modelling and extrusion now mean that aluminium is the building material which literally pushes the envelope to the forefront of design.

Not only is design aspiration catered for but this is a material which is both sustainable and offers longevity.  In a Delft University pan-European study 86% of aluminium used in the old Wembley stadium was recycled and reclaimed.  Longevity and lifecycle analysis is also favourable with standard 25-year guarantees for polyester powder coated aluminium and 35 year guarantees for anodised applications.  The lifespan of aluminium, if properly maintained, can be indefinite: the top of the Empire State Building was one of the first examples of anodised aluminium and is still a gleaming, eye catching feature today.

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If one considers the building envelope integrating large glazed screens, canopies, windows and focal entrance points all can be achieved through installing and integrating, aluminium ground floor treatment, curtain walling, windows and doors.  The envelope can be expanded with roof glazing to incorporate pitched, barrelled or pyramid vaults.  These areas can be as sleek as the designer requires.  Aluminium naturally has high strength to weight ratios so large glazed spans and multi-storey applications can be achieved with slim sight-lines.  The opportunity to polyester powder coat or anodise means that a multitude of shades can provide contrast or minimal visibility to the project.

Panels and glass also offer an amazing area of options.  Glass can be mirrored or tinted to suit the envelope, whereas panels can provide solid colour or a mirrored glass effect.  Aluminium has the ability to integrate both panels and glass into the same façade; a variety of gaskets ensure that most applications can be catered for.

Aluminium is functional and offers sturdy assurance that it will withstand the rigours of the British weather, testing to CWCT standards to Sequence B takes the design safety test up to 3600Pa.

Aluminium is robust and is ideal for high traffic applications, such as retail, school or hospital.  If one considers entrance doors, available in configurations such as swing, sliding, sliding/folding, the robust profiles ensure longevity even with endless open and closing cycles.

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Windows also offer a myriad of options to cater specifically for the application.   Tilt and turn, top-swing reversible, sliding and pivot windows have been around for many years with aluminium Systems Houses working closely with the gearing manufacturers which means that these are tried and tested solutions for providing ventilation without jeopardising security.  In multi-storey applications the configuration selected, for instance top-swing reversible or pivot, has options to fully reverse the external surface to allow cleaning from the inside.  Tilt/Turn windows allow the window to open-in for cleaning.

In essence aluminium is the building material that, through its long use, has developed to provide function, form and solutions for even the most demanding projects.  Systems Houses, such as Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, continually develop and refine their profile catalogues to meet the demands of cutting edge designers, providing support and calculation at any stage of the tender process.

Now with improvements in glass and to keep up with Document L, systems can utilise thermal foam and increased thermal break technology to take performance to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6.  With the EAA’s (European Aluminium Association) “Future Generations” initiative, aluminium’s long reputation as a recyclable material is gaining further exposure.  Future Generations, is a scheme which high-lights that the use of aluminium is actually creating a bank of material that can be re-used and recycled in the future.  Aluminium is a true “cradle-to-cradle” material with a real end of life value.  In fact, due to the value of scrap aluminium, it has one of the most development recycling schemes in existence.

Building Awards 2015 – Sponsorship

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.

Curved Aluminium Curtain Walling Facade for Offices

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator Formes Alutek Ltd recently completed a new build office building which forms part of ‘The West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm’, a JV project between Scottish Power Renewables and Dong Energy. The project comprises of an onshore substation, 108 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 389 megawatts and brand new bespoke Operations & Management office facilities based at West of Duddon Sands, Barrow-in-Furness.

A striking curved facade was installed and Comar 6EFT 4sided SG with concealed vents was selected as it provides a structurally glazed curtain walling solution with EPDM or Silicon seals which creates facets at 7.5° increments convex or concave. Comar EFT 4 sided offers architects the opportunity to maximise large glazed areas as it has the slimmest glazing seals available on the market.

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In a busy office environment, Comar 7 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 retail applications where high traffic solutions are required. For safety, the Comar 7 swing doors were fitted with anti-finger trap stiles and Axim concealed transom closers which were hung directly from the Comar 6EFT curtain wall again enforcing the reduced the sight lines.

The project was completed using Comar 5P.i top hung windows. The Comar 5P.i 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. All configurations, such as casement, top swing reversible, pivot, tilt and turn and sliding can be manufactured.

Solar shading was a key consideration on the southern elevations of this project; therefore to shade the façade vertically hung Comar Duco-sun C was specified. The blades, rafters and struts are all part of the unique Ducosun multi-fit system which allows fast track installation with its “clicks & glide” assembly.

Structural Curtain Wall Facade for Southend Airport

Comar Architectural Aluminium  Systems; with their approved fabricator L.A.G (Lincolnshire Architectural Glazing) completed works on the first phase of London’s newest airport terminal at Southend Airport. Since opening the airport saw a 29.9% passenger increase during the summer of 2013, their busiest summer since formal records began in 1967.

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The design vision was to create a continuous glazed facade to the new terminal clearly identifying its location to passengers. With this in mind, and to ensure the design brief could be achieved, Comar 6EFT 4sided SG 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.  Comar 6EFT 4sided SG also offered the slimmest silicon or EPDM joints in the industry, which means the eye catching glazed area is maximised.

In an extremely busy Airport environment, Comar 7P.i Commercial Door sets were the 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.  Polyamide Insulated (P.i) door systems also provide exceptional thermal performance in a market where energy efficient designs and meeting the demands of the latest building regulations are paramount.

All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing.  L.A.G liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines.

 

 

Comar Territory Manager North & West London

Comar are delighted to introduce Indi Toot as Territory Manager.  Indi will cover the following areas:

  • North & West London postcodes
  • Essex
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Rutland
  • Bedfordshire

  Indi can be contacted at:  indit@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar Introduce New Architectural Advisor for South & East London

Comar would like to introduce Rob Smith as Architectural Advisor for the South & East London postcode areas.  Rob can be contacted at robs@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar 6EFT – Curtain Walling

Due to demand from our Architectural and Fabricator clients, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are pleased to launch additional new mullions and transoms for their innovative Comar 6EFT Curtain Wall system, with the highest Ix and Iy values available on the market today.  As Comar 6EFT has developed to be the specifier preferred system in the UK, demands for larger transom spans in excess of 3000mm and unsupported multi-storey mullions are a possibility.  Where there are different glazed areas in the same envelope we have also extruded high span mullions and transoms in the most popular box sizes, which mean that the same box size can be used throughout the project to ensure that all fixing and plaster lines throughout the facade are continuous.

 Today’s design complexity, requirements for aesthetics and complex building shapes are key considerations. Aluminium offers the unique advantage of easily being extruded and manufactured into almost any custom shape with ease.  With the current focus on energy efficiency, designs must also take into account ‘thermal’ criteria and thermal breaks are incorporated.  These breaks provide a significant decrease in the thermal conductivity of the curtain walling.  The science of curtain walls now means that aspects such as thermal expansion and contraction, building movement, water diversion and thermal efficiency for cost effective heating, cooling and the lighting of a building are    in-built to the system and its design.

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To provide a flexible approach to aluminium facade engineering Comar’s 6EFT Curtain Walling System utilises European wide design and extrusion expertise with Comar’s market leading supply, support and delivery.  With its exceptional design flexibility, Comar 6EFT provides high performance solutions for both new build and refurbishment façades. It is a flexible standardised system that provides bespoke solutions. Comar’s 6EFT delivers capped curtain walling with 50mm standardised sightlines and includes options for: 

  • 4sided structural glazing which achieves a cutting edge façade with no visible aluminium sight lines.
  • 2sided structural glazing with horizontal or vertical capping, concealed vents where a feature and bespoke finish can be achieved through a variety of cover caps.
  • Concealed vents all systems can include side or top hung opening vents
  • Facetted glazing options for all systems are available in 7.5 o increments both convex and concave. 

The system is pressure equalised, mullion drained ensuring water drains freely to the outside.

 Comar 6EFT has undergone rigorous tests for the latest BS and EN standards at Taywood Engineering Ltd., with exceptional results: Air Permeability – Class AE 750, Water Tightness – Class RE 750 and Wind Resistance – 2400 Pa, Safety 3600 pa.