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 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

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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. 

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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

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.

 

 

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.

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

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

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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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