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

 

 

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.

Advanced Aluminium Window System – Seamless Integration – Slim Sight Lines

Comar 5P.i Advanced Window System – Using latest thermal break technology to produce windows for the next generation of solutions. 

Integration is the key factor which underpins the latest new product launch from Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems.  Their market leading Comar 9P.i Framing system offers fast-track semi unitised construction for floor to ceiling glazing, allowing tilt/turn or casement windows to hang direct from the Comar 9P.i Frame as well as rebated doors.  With the addition of thermal foam and triple glazing Comar 9P.i offers U-values down to 0.77, creating a future proof solution for their architectural, contractor and fabricator partners.

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Comar announce they have incorporated the technology from their Comar 9P.i system into the Comar 5P.i window range, and are now launching the Comar 5P.i Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system which integrates seamlessly into Comar 9P.i creating the option for standalone high performance windows.

The brief to Comar’s Design Team was to specifically meet architectural demands; low U-values, matching slim sight lines for both the casement and tilt/turn, large glazing pocket for acoustic glass, secured by design and large sizes.  For their contractor and fabricator partners, performance with built in fast-track fabrication and installation.

The Comar team have achieved this with the launch of Comar 5P.i Advanced key features:

  • Testing to BS 6375
  • Casement 750Pa Water Tightness, Air Tightness 600Pa, Wind Resistance 2000Pa, Safety Test 3000Pa
  • PAS 24:2012

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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 Window Walling for Visitor Centre

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator PAGE Group Peterborough Ltd recently completed a Visitor Centre which is part of the Virginia Water Pavilion in Windsor Great Park. This new building overlooks Virginia Water, an extensive man-made lake set in a picturesque 18th century landscape, situated in the Grade 1 listed Royal Landscape in Windsor Great Park. The concept for the new visitor centre was born out of the immediate landscape and is located at the public entrance where the building welcomes visitors to Virginia Water. Its canopied form frames the view of the lake and the echelon form of the building and its terraces overlook the lake and facilities include a kiosk selling refreshments, public toilets and staff facilities.

Architects: Stanton Williams – Fabricator: PAGE Group Peterborough Ltd –

Main Contractor: Ashe Construction Ltd – Project Value: £40,000

System Used:  Comar 3 GFT & 7 AFT – Location: Great Windsor Park, Berkshire

Comar 3 ground floor framing was selected which incorporates the Comar 7auto sliding doors which were specified for the main entrances. For safety, the Comar 7 AFT Commercial Doors were fitted with Anti-Finger Trap stiles which were hung directly from the Comar 3 ground floor framing.  Comar 7 door sets are a natural choice for any busy public environment and are available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding.

 

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.

 

 

Building Awards 2014

Comar are the proud sponsors of the Architect of the Year Award

The Building Awards take place on 2nd April 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.  Best of luck to all the nominees.

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