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 Territory Manager – East Anglia

Comar are delighted to announce Matt Thetford has joined us Territory Manager.  Matt will be covering the following areas:

  • Essex (Outside M25)
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Bedfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Hertfordshire

Contact Matt at mattt@parksidegroup.co.ukweymouth fire station@parksidegroup.co.uk

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.

 

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

 

 

Comar Juxtaposition – Manchester

Ashton 6th Form College’s new reception was designed by the GA Studio, Manchester and is a featured  project in the 2015 Manchester Architectural Review.  Both Comar 6 EFT Curtain Walling and Comar 7 Auto Sliding Doors were specified for this eye catching project.

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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.

 

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