Aluminium Specified For Regeneration Project

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator LDG (Lancashire Double Glazing) completed the installation of aluminium curtain walling, windows and commercial doors to a new waterfront £8.6million flagship office block and call centre. Part of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone and the 500 acre Wirral Waters regeneration scheme, and built on previously derelict land, The Tower Wharf project saw the design of the 48,000 sq ft 4 storey office building which includes a roof terrace and office accommodation for around 800 staff.  This project was also the Winner of Best Commercial Building at the ‘RICS’ 2016 Awards and the building achieved the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for sustainability.

To maximise natural daylight and facilitate the large glazed areas Comar 6EFT was specified 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 also offers the slimmest silicon or EPDM joints in the industry, which means the eye catching glazed area is maximised. LDG could ensure that this project could be completed within the restraints of the budget. Complying with the latest CWCT standards Comar 6EFT systems are mullion drained thermally broken structurally glazed curtain walling system with drained capping, pressure equalised and drained is in accordance with BS6262.

In a market where energy efficient designs and meeting the demands of the latest Building Regulations are paramount Comar 5P.i Auto Opening Vent, 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.

Comar 7P.i Commercial Door sets were the natural choice for this high traffic head office/call centre building. Comar 7P.i CD door sets can be hung from Comar 6EFT framing and are a natural choice for any busy environment.  They are available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding options.

Architects: Falconer Chester Hall

Fabricator: LDG (Lancashire Double Glazing)

Main Contractor: Eric Wright Construction

Project Value: £1m

Systems Used:  Comar 6EFT Toggle, 5P.i  60mm Auto Opening Vents, 7P.i CD

 

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

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BES 6001:3.1 Certification Awarded

The impact of our purchasing decisions has never been more critical.  Our global economy is now bringing to bear the Butterfly effect: when a butterfly flaps it’s wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part of the world.  Construction by its nature of increasing or improving density is intensely energy demanding, the embodied energy contained in our building stock has derived from the earth’s resources, therefore, as construction professionals we should all carefully consider the ethics of our purchasing decisions.  The materials used on a building draw from the Global economy, therefore a decision today could create deforestation in poorer regions of the world or create the impetus for modern slavery.

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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, as a British privately owned organisation has always held its integrity in business as the cornerstone of its operations.  As part of The Parkside Group Limited, Comar has built up excellent, long term relationships with its suppliers, ensuring they are paid on time and if issues arose building partnerships which quickly lead to their resolution.

We require as a minimum that they have an ethical business and hold ISO 14001 certification.  Good supplier management coupled with ethical business practices is the basis of BRE’s BES 6001 standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products.

We are pleased to announce that we are certified through BRE’s new BES 6001:3.01 Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products, receiving a “Good” rating.  This ensures that our architectural and contractor partners can rest assured, that in contracting with Comar and its Nationwide Network of Approved Subcontractors our aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems have been sourced responsibly with a company that holds the ethics of good supplier management at its heart.  Not only does BES 6001 audit and accredit supplier management it delves deeper to ensure that all aspects of global citizenship are covered, these are held under three main headings: Organisational Management, Supply Chain Management and Environmental and Social Responsibility Management.  This award is even more noteworthy when we consider that this is the new standard and Comar are the first to receive this in the aluminium sector.  Click to view certification http://blog.comar-alu.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BES-6001-3-1- Responsible-Sourcing-Certificate-2016-2019-Page-1-only.pdf

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Recognising the importance of our Purchasing decisions and the impact they may have on our environment and society, we encourage our Supply Chain to implement a certified Quality, Environmental, and Health and Safety Management System. We also recognise the importance of Environmental Protection and we are committed to operating our business in compliance with all Environmental Regulations, Legislation and initiatives relating to the building industry and the wider Environment.

It is the organisation’s objective to operate with, and to maintain good relations with all regulatory bodies and places Environmental Protection at the core of its operations. The Parkside Group Limited is accredited to the Environmental Standard ISO 14001:2004 and is currently in transition to the new 2015 version.

The Parkside Group is committed to conducting its business in an open and honest manner and as such this our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy reflects the commitment of our employees to minimise the impact of our operations for future generations and ensuring the welfare of its staff and the local area. We pride ourselves with promoting all we do in an ethical and integral way. As part of our commitment to responsibly sourcing we continuously monitor the impact of our working practices and the design of our systems to ensure any environmental impact is minimised.

For our full CSR Statement please visit: www.comar-alu.co.uk/environmental

 

Aluminium Facade for New Hotel

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International hotelier Park Regis have opened their first European hotel in Britain’s second city Birmingham.  Towering over the skyline at 16 storeys the £50 million pound hotel offers 254 rooms, a gym, various bars, business and conference centres and a 2 storey glazed terrace sky bar delivering high end dining to Birmingham. comar-park-regis-atrium-copy comar-park-regis-rofuto-sky-bar-copy

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems were selected to provide the façade with curtain walling, windows and entrances.  The key element of design for the Rofuto Sky Bar was to allow diners to enjoy clear uninterrupted views across the city, a double height Comar 6EFT Curtain wall was selected as it offers strength with a sleek 50mm sight-line.  This ground breaking system, leads the way by offering a 50mm stick system with the capability to span further as the mullions and transoms have the highest Ix and Iy values on the market today.  The design is also in keeping with the hotels minimalist Japanese Interior which echoes the “Byoba” art of Japanese screens.  The curtain wall grid was off-set with symmetrically staggered mullions and transoms which create the typical lattice effect found in Japanese interiors.

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The profiles where finished in RAL 7016 Matt Grey  which seamlessly blends into the mahogany, cream and gold interior.  All structural calculations were carried out by Comar’s Special Projects Team who ensured all Comar bracketry and fixings will withstand any sway, dead or live loads.

The cladding to the façade below the Rofuto Sky Bar was a palette of Ruukki panels, polished stone rain screen, and Kingspan Benchmark, A.  Comar’s interface range of adaptors allowed the Comar 5Pi Advanced Windows to seamlessly integrate with the differing cladding elements.  The design detailing of all these elements ensured that the façade had no thermal bridging and will maintain it’s air and water-tight solution.

Moving to the base of the building, Comar 6EFT capped curtain walling was used.  Comar 6EFT interfaces with the dramatic angled cantilevered entrances.  For this element of the face design the detailing and installation had to be precise to ensure that drainage and seals create a future-proof water tight solution.

Integrated into the curtain wall the entrances have to provide both a statement of welcome and ensure uninterrupted access.  Often the first experience of a hotel is the entrance, which needs to provide form as well as function.  The Comar 7P.i Commercial Door system is one of the most comprehensive on the market today.  Sections are robust and offer an ideal solution for high traffic entrances.  The doors selected were auto sliding which allow uninterrupted passage into the double storey entrance lobby.

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APiC, a Comar Approved Fabricator were involved throughout the specification stage with both Comar and the Architect.  APiC also worked closely with the Contractor to ensure that the project programme was met to ensure the time critical opening of March 2016 was achieved.  Steve Tycer Managing Director of APiC UK, said.  “We enjoy working with Comar as I know we can reassure our clients that site deadlines will be met.  Comar’s Market Leading delivery is a key factor when we are up against a tight programme.“

Developer: Colmore Tang Construction
Architect: BDG (Building Design Group) Tamworth

 

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

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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

 

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 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

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.