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

 

Thermally Efficient Casement Windows – Comar 5P.i ECO +

Thermally efficient Polyamide Insulation (P.i) casement window system, designed for aesthetics, security and performance.

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems constantly look for ways to exceed what the market demands. Current trends are for window and door systems to provide aesthetics as well as achieve environmental, security, thermal efficiency and life cycle targets. Therefore, Comar are pleased to launch their latest development: the Comar 5P.i ECO+ range.

Comar 5P.i ECO+ has been designed to perform, whilst backed by Comar’s market leading delivery. Comar 5P.i ECO+ offers additional thermal performance to the Comar ECO product range: by extending the polyamide strips and inserting thermal foam, this product range will provide a future-proof solution for casement windows meeting U-values up to 2016.

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With more and more onus on the environment, window and door systems must be sustainable. Using aluminium the Comar 5P.i ECO+ system is 100% recyclable. Aluminium can be recycled an infinite number of times with no loss to its capability. Comar operates an Environmental Management System certified to ISO 140001.

Due to its slim profiles, the Comar 5P.i ECO+ range weighs less than 0.79Kg per linear metre and therefore achieves a Green Guide A+ rating, which can help specifiers achieve the highest BREEAM levels.

For added reassurance Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems holds both a Kitemark and Secured by Design licence for its ECO product range. 

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery 

For further information about Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, please visit www.comar-alu.co.uk call 020 8685 9685 or email projects@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar’s New Advertising Campaign – “Notes from the Comar Design Team”

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Comar 6EFT 210x297 HiResWe are pleased to launch our latest advertising campaign “Notes from the Design Team”

As a British, privately owned, aluminium systems house one of our key strategic advantages is our ability to respond quickly to meet market demands.   Be this in terms of complete new products or designing specific profiles for projects, our Design Engineers have created products that exceed the requirements of European and British security and weather standards as well as current Building Regulations such as Approved Document L.

 To capitalise on this strength, in 2009 we introduced an innovation strategy into our business, to ensure all our aluminium systems meet the demands of British aesthetic and regulatory demands, now and in the future.Since 2009 our New Product Development Team have designed, developed and added over 10 new products into our portfolio, and a multitude of project specific profiles to leading architectural practices.  This in a recession has meant that we have maintained our market share and are committed to growing the business in the future.  Therefore by, promoting our key USP we hope that our architectural, contractor and fabricator clients will continue to trust in our ability to provide innovative solutions in such a competitive environment.

 

 

Product Enhancement: Comar 9Pi – 100mm System

Product Enhancement: Comar 9Pi – 100mm System

New manual available for download @ our Comar Partners Website –

http://www.comar-alu.co.uk/pages/customer.asp

Comar 9P.i Windows & Framing

Comar 9Pi, High Performance Framing Windows & Doors is our premium system offering low U-values, integration and functionality.

Our commitment is to continually develop this system and provide solutions to meet design demands and building regulations, both now and in the future.   As a result of  market feedback we have now added another range of Ladder Frame profiles to cater for refurbishment projects.  Comar 9Pi Ladder Frame is now available in 100mm, this increases Comar 9Pi’s functionality from our standard 78mm and our high span 120mm options.

The Comar 9Pi Ladder Frame option offers fast-track off-site construction for window walling, thermally broken shop-fronts and fully integrates with the new Comar 7Pi CD swing and auto-sliding doors and Comar 9Pi rebated door-sets.  Dependent on wind-loading Comar 9Pi has been designed to perform, High Ix profiles cater for centres up to 1500mm x 3000mm.

For further information, or a comprehensive presentation on this innovative system please please contact Comar on 020 8685 9685 or email projects@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

Public Sector Building Specification, Aluminium in Architecture, DABS, Building News, The Fabricator, Specification Product Update, Housing Association, Glass & Glazing Products, Building Products, Construction Manager, ABC&D, Architects Datafile, The Glazine, FCA, Windows Active, Refurb Projects, Local Authority & Maintenance. ECO Building News, Architects Choice, PSBJ, Refurb & Renew.   

 

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

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

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

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Comar Introduce Paul Barden

Comar would like to introduce Paul Barden as Architectural Advisor for the South West area.  Paul can be contacted at paulb@parksidegroup.co.uk

Comar Window Systems Improve Performance

With ever-increasing demands on the performance of glazing and opening vents, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems have developed and rigorously tested their aluminium window systems to meet the very latest performance and specification demands, ensuring their clients have a future proof solution.

The Comar range of solutions, Comar 5P.i and Comar 9P.i High Performance window systems, offers specifiers a comprehensive single source solution that achieves an increased range of window sizes.  To achieve this Comar Systems have two profile ranges available: standard and heavy duty, Comar 9P.i has a top projected casement window system with slim 84mm profiles that offers maximum heights of 2500mm. Comar 9P.i Tilt and Turn offers side hung, bottom hung or tilt and turn at a maximum height of 2400mm.  Comar 9P.i Parallel Opening offers sizes of up to 3000mm.  Depending on the type of build, these configurations can also offer a solution for maximum air-exchange, smoke ventilation and restricted ventilation with lockable handles for cleaning inside and outside.

Comar 9P.i also offers optimum heightened performance in terms of weather and security.  Comar 9P.i windows achieved market leading results in terms of water tightness at 900Pa; this ensures that even in the most demanding locations Comar 9P.i will maintain its water integrity.  Security concerns are alleviated with the system exceeding the requirements of BS 7950.  Added to this, Comar have recently achieved Kite- mark status for both systems supply and security.

With regard to Document L, Comar 9P.i has been designed to create a future-proof solution.  Comar 9P.i incorporates Comar’s trademarked P.i Polyamide Insulation, creating a thermal break of 34mm.  This high performance P.i can be augmented with thermal foam, offering even lower U-values.  Comar’s Technical Department back this up with project specific U-values and modelling. 

Comar 5Pi ECO offers achieves a Green Guide rating of ‘A’, providing points for BREEAM ratings and an ‘A’ Grade Window Energy Ratings (WER) with a standard double glazed unit.

Integrated solutions are a cornerstone of Comar Systems design.   Comar 9P.i casement, tilt turn and parallel windows are part of a larger system.  The windows can be stand alone, but they also have their own high performance framing system, which offers ladder or mitre frame construction in 80mm or 120mm sections.  This allows the completion of floor to ceiling glazing, designed with a maximum height (depending on wind loading) of up to 3000mm.  Comar 9Pi offers a value engineered solution: by hanging Comar 9Pi opening vent windows directly from the frame, only 2 frames are required; older solutions required an additional outer frame.  In effect, Comar 9Pi reduces the cost of opening vents into framing by a third.

To complete this extensive solution, Comar 9P.i offers two door options: rebated and rebated with anti-finger trap stile.  These door sets are available in single or double, open-in and open-out and have surpassed the requirements of PAS 23 at 600Pa for air and water and PAS 24 enhanced security.  Again, the doors offer a stand-alone option as well as seamless integration into a framed facade.

Working with architects Comar currently have a range of profiles in development for project specific solutions that will be added into their standard range.  This provides specifiers with the reassurance that Comar will develop new profiles to achieve even their most demanding design briefs, now and in the future.

For further technical information and specification advice, please contact projects@parksidegroup.co.uk or The Marketing Department on 020 8685 9685.

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

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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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