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Installations December 2013 73 Town hall refurb More than 150 old style steel windows have been replaced around the elevations to the Bethnal Green Town Hall, in London’s East End, by a member of the Steel Window Association, reportedly improving the thermal performance as well as the visual appearance of the property. RARE Architecture contacted West Leigh to work on the project to ensure that replacement windows met aesthetic standards and BREAM requirements. With sizes typically in the region of 1,400mm wide x 2m high, West Leigh produced like-for-like replacements at its premises, prior to installing the new units within the carefully surveyed openings. As well as hot dip galvanizing and modern weather-stripping, the new W20 windows were glazed with 16mm IG units, featuring toughened low ‘E’ glass and krypton gas filling to offer a centre pane ‘U’ value of 1.2 W/m2K. www.steel-window-association.co.uk Slimdrive chosen GEZE UK has provided the automatic doors on the main entrance lobby for Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building, a ‘teaching and learning space’ for media and design students including a ‘state of the art’ television centre. The Slimdrive SL automatic sliding doors were chosen for the entrance lobby primarily because the very low profile height of 7cm enables ‘almost invisible’ integration into the facade. The overall effect is one of maximum light and space in the ‘impressive’ atrium, while creating a lobby area that minimises heat loss – essential for the building to meet its low energy targets. As part of GEZE’s unique Slimdrive range the Slimdrive SL has been designed and tested to meet the requirements of all relevant standards and regulations, including Building Bulletin 93, Approved Documents B and M, as well as assisting with the vigorous demands of the Equality Act. www.geze.co.uk A one-stop product shop Glazing systems designer and manufacturer, Senior Architectural Systems, has provided all aluminium door and window systems at the recently completed Birmingham based Extra Care Charitable Trust residential development. The fenestration specialist’s products were specified throughout Pannelcroft Extra Care Village in Newtown – a brand new complex which provides a supportive living environment to the over 55s, irrespective of their care needs. Senior’s SPW600 windows and doors were specified for the development, along with Senior’s SFG shopfront for the village’s internal high street, where services including a restaurant and IT suite can be found. Senior’s SMR900 curtain walling system was also specified at Pannelcroft, supplying the interior of the building with natural light, ensuring residents feel at ease and helping to bring a sense of the outside inside. Senior systems were specified throughout the complex as the diverse product range, from systems for the main atrium to those for individual accommodation, including balcony doors, provided a ‘one-stop shop’ for the main contractor, which is said to have eased site programming. Pannelcroft Village provides individual living accommodation consisting of 180 one and two bedroom apartments. A variety of health and leisure facilities are also provided on site, along with hairdressing and beauty salons, village hall, village shop, gym, library, greenhouse, woodwork room and cafe-bar. www.seniorarchitectural.co.uk Delivering with care at Hagley Road Architectural aluminium systems company, Metal Technology, has supplied its window products at a 240-home retirement village at Hagley Road, Edgbaston in Birmingham. Built for The Extra Care Charitable Trust by contractor Galliford Try, and designed by Nicoll Thomas Architects, facilities include an ‘enriched opportunities suite’ for residents with dementia, a café bar, craft room, hair and beauty salon, and fitness suite. At Hagley Road, ‘sustainability and accessibility’ are said to be at the heart of the scheme, making System 4-35 Hi+ an optimum solution. Part of Metal Technology's Thermal range, System 4-35 Hi+, in conjunction with the correct glass specification, is designed to meet or exceed the latest thermal requirements of current building regulations. The high level of thermal performance has been achieved using the latest technology with bespoke thermal centre-seal gaskets, cellular foams and finned polyamide thermal isolators all contributing to the final performance figure. The Thermal range is said to offer the designer a ‘wide and diverse’ range of profiles that provide structural integrity, weather performance, thermal enhancement and security. Ease of maintenance is in-built and 100% recyclability is guaranteed. www.metaltechnology.com


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