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

 

 

Comar Aluminium Achieve Q-Mark

Comar are delighted to announce they have been accredited with BM Trada
Q-Mark certification for:

  • Window General Performance – BS 4873 Aluminium
  • Enhanced Security Window Scheme –
    PAS 24:2012 & BS 4873 Aluminium
  • Enhanced Security Door – PAS 24:2012
    & BS 4873 Aluminium

This now enables our fabricators to achieve Secured By Design compliance via the
BSi or the Q-Mark certification.

 Q marks with UKAS logos JUNE 20

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 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 & Page Group Support ‘The Little Miracles’ Charity

Comar Architectural Aluminium, Page Group (Peterborough) Ltd and Vertikal were delighted to have been part of the re-building of The Spinney Centre, Peterborough on behalf of The ‘Little Miracles’ charity.

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, PAGE Group Peterborough and Vertikal donated £10K to cover materials, design work, project management, fabrication and labour on-site to erect the striking feature rainbow wall which forms part of a life changing transformation to the centre for disabled children in Peterborough.

The Little Miracles Project, part of the BBC’s charity ‘Children in Need’ was featured in the BBC1 special programme ‘DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for Children in Need’ which aired on Wednesday 13th November 2013. 

BBC DIY SOS Spinney Centre COMAR & PAGE GROUP

The ‘Little Miracles’ charity runs a parent led support group/centre for children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions based in Peterborough. They help 800 families and have over 2,500 children registered. A staggering 83% percent of the families that use Little Miracles live below the poverty line, and as such all of the services they run are free of charge. For many of the children that use the centre, ‘Little Miracles’ is the only place they are able to communicate freely, make friends, and most importantly, be themselves. 

In October 2013 they had to vacate their original site which was working out of a small semi-industrial space.  They were gifted a larger 2½ acre site by the local council which included a 1970’s concrete prefab. However, the building was not fit for purpose. It had no disabled toilets, access ramps or changing facilities. The prefab building also contained asbestos, and it was not secure, most importantly, it had none of the sensory equipment the children depend upon.

The programmes presenter Nick Knowles and his team launched an appeal for help around the local area, and on Twitter, in a bid to round up friends, family, local companies and tradesmen to offer up their services to help rebuild the centre. A BBC spokesperson said: “We are looking for kind hearted tradesman who are willing to be part of the show and donate their time and skills for Children in Need. In return we offer three square meals, lots of fun and the chance to make a difference to the lives of children and their families”.

The existing prefab was demolished and DIY SOS built an entirely new centre using a timber frame structure featuring full wheelchair access, a dedicated sensory room, space for counselling, an office, workable disabled toilets, a working kitchen and an area for the kids to eat, along with distinct spaces for both the young and the older children that attend the centre.

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

Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

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 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

This press story has been featured in the following publications:

Building Products

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AJ Specification, Windows Active, Glass Times, Future Constructor & Architect,            The Builder, ECO Building News, DABS, Building News, ABCD, Building Products,       PSBJ Public Sector Build Journal, Architects Datafile, Building Innovations, Go Public, ATB, Housing Association

Aluminium Leisure Centre Facade

Aluminium Leisure Centre Facade

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator K2 Aluminium Systems, recently completed the £12M showcase Harborne Pool & Leisure Centre in Birmingham which has achieved a BREEAM rating of “excellent”. To achieve this, the building included features such as resourcing sustainable materials, green roofs, water saving measures, solar energy and natural daylight spaces.  This state of the art facility is unique in Birmingham as it is the first facility to be operated by a leisure management company on behalf of Birmingham City Council.  The new centre includes a 25M, 6 lane, swimming pool, learner pool, community room, group and adult fitness studio and interactive children’s gym.

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. Comar 5P.i windows and Comar 7P.i doors were selected. Polyamide Insulated (P.i) window and door systems provide exceptional thermal performance in a market where energy efficient designs and meeting the demands of the latest building regulations are paramount. 

In a busy leisure environment, Comar 7 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 applications where high traffic solutions are required.  For safety, Comar 7 doors were fitted with rounded Anti-finger trap stiles, Axim soft touch Panic Exit Devices and Axim Concealed Transom Closers which were hung directly from Comar 6 and complied with the Disability & Equality Act 2010.  All aluminium systems were finished in an 80micron chlorine resistant polyester powder coat.

All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing.  K2 Aluminium Systems liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines.

Architects – Saunders Boston Architects, Cambridge.

Fabricator – K2 Aluminium

Main Contractor – Wates Construction 

Project Value – £110K 

System used: 5P.i, 6 (Step Cut) & 7P.i

Location – Birmingham

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