New BDM for London & SE

Comar are delighted to welcome Tom Cahill as Business Development Manager for London & SE areas.

Contact Tom at: tomcahill@parksidegroup.co.uk

www.comar-alu.co.uk

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

 

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

 

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.

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

New Territory Manager for Midlands

Comar would like to introduce John Ward as Territory Manager for the Midlands area.

Contact John at johnw@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.

 

Comar Accredited Secured by Design Licence

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Accredited Secured by Design Licence

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are delighted to have become a Secure By Design Licence holder for their Comar 5P.i ,Comar  9P.i and Comar 7 range of windows and doors.

Comar are delighted to be part of this initiative to design out crime in buildings. Established in 1989, ‘Secured by Design’ (SBD) is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to design out crime, assisting in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime. SBD focuses on the design and security for new & refurbished homes, schools and commercial projects and aims to bring together the principles of designing out crime, effective crime prevention and security standards for a range of applications and products.  ‘Secured by Design’ is endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), and has the backing of the Home Office Crime Reduction Unit.

Due to enhanced security options on their window and door systems, Comar offers the latest crime prevention features such as anti-snap and anti-bump locking systems.  On points of attack stainless steel plates and protectors ensure that with prolonged abuse/attack entry is not attained.

Comar systems are certified and kite marked to the very latest security standards, and operate through a nationwide network of Approved Fabricators.

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

Building Products, Architects Datafile (Print & Online), Project Scotland, RIBA Journal (Products in Practise), PSBJ, Housing Specification, Building News, RIBA Journal, Building 4 Education 

New Product Launch – Comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door

 

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are delighted to launch their thermally broken Comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door (FSD). 

Smooth operation and solutions to meet the design brief, the aluminium Comar 7P.i Folding/Sliding Door (FSD) system offers a myriad of possibilities for commercial or residential projects. Comar 7P.i FSD provides a versatile moveable wall that allows space and light into any project. Even in the winter months the glazed facade offers light as well as keeping the building insulated through the trade-marked Comar 7P.i thermal break technology.

By merging aesthetically pleasing features such as robust, yet slim, aluminium profiles with feature-laden operational gearing from the Comar 7P.i FSD system, you have the capability to design open-in or open-out stacking doors, folding and sliding from the top or the bottom rollers. Open-in stacking doors are advisable when the doors must operate within the building plane; open-out stacking doors can be used so the doors do not interfere with interior furnishings.  If bottom rolling options are required the gear is housed in the floor which offers uninterrupted traffic flow compliant with the very latest disability and equalities act legislation. Top-hung operating gear would be selected for larger sized doors. For additional safety the doors when folding offer a finger protection solution.

To cater for different apertures the Comar 7P.i FSD offers from 2 to 8 sliding doors in either direction with an optional rebated door for day to day ease of entry. Each leaf can be up to 1100mm wide, creating market leading potential spans with minimum sight-lines. Door heights can be up to 2400mm, but depending on wind loading larger sizes can be created; this is especially useful for floor to ceiling glazing or to create an entrance of distinction.  Glazing sizes of up to 62mm are catered for, which means that triple glazed or acoustic glasses can be specified as well as panels or standard double glazed units.

Due to the trade-marked P.i thermal efficiency U-values are well below the required Building Regulations targets. The doors and jamb are both adjustable to enable long-term smooth operation and to adapt to different building tolerances.

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

For further information about Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, please contact Comar on 020 8685 9685 or email projects@parksidegroup.co.uk

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Building News, The Builder, Windows Active, ECO Building News, Design Buy Build, Refurbishment Projects, Building Products

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Comar 7 Doors Passes LPS 1175, BSEN1627

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are pleased to announce that our Comar 7 Commercial Door has passed LPS 1175 SR 2 and the new security standard BS EN 1627 Class 3.

They are also the first company to gain LPCB approval to EN 1627 (Pedestrian doorsets, windows, curtain walling, grilles and shutters. Burglar resistance. Requirements and classification).

Commenting on behalf of LPCB, Richard Flint (Physical Security Scheme Manager) said: ‘We are delighted that Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems Limited chose to submit their Comar 7 doorsets to LPCB for evaluation and that they successfully achieved approval to both LPS 1175 and EN 1627.’

LPCB stands for Loss Prevention Certification Board – a certification brand of BRE Global Limited. The LPCB List of Approved Fire & Security Products and Services – “The Red Book” is an essential reference for specifiers, regulators, designers and end users of fire and security products and services. The tests for the “Red Book” are based on the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory product performance during testing
  • Satisfactory product construction
  • Satisfactory manufacturing processes
  • Satisfactory product service experience

BS EN 1627 is the new European security standard that has recently been ratified by all member states.  Achieving EN 1627 to Class 3 for aluminium door sets, offers optimum security and ensures that Comar 7 door sets meet the very latest security demands.

These security standards ensure that in commercial applications, as far as is reasonable, the security features are tamper resistant on the non attack side from tools such as soft body impactors, screwdrivers, knives or glass cutters.  These tools will have been selected for testing in order to stimulate an opportunist attack.  The main purpose of this standard is to evaluate the resistance to burglary offered by physical security products. All in situ hardware, such as lock and hinges, as well as any product which comprises an opening element and a frame or retaining sides, is tested, then the element and its frame or guides is tested as a combination in locked position. The standard also makes provision to test the adequacy of the installation method.

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