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GGP February 2017

Senior responds to trade demand for aluminium Senior Architectural Systems says it is ‘making itself at home’ in the residential sector as demand for the manufacturer’s new range of Ali Fold aluminium doors continues to soar. Launched in 2016, Senior claims the development of the new aluminium door range has been supported by its ‘established manufacturing expertise’ and commitment to ‘exceptional’ levels of customer service. Said to be competitively priced and easy to fabricate using existing tooling, the new Ali Fold aluminium door range is available in a range of styles, including folding sliding, single swing and double swing options. Featuring slim sightlines to create light and airy interiors, Senior says its new range of doors can accommodate maximum leaf sizes of up to 1,000mm by 2,616mm and a weight of 100kg. Available in a range of colours and a choice of configurations and sizes, the new Ali Fold doors also feature a polyamide thermal break that is said to give ‘impressive’ thermal efficiency. Commenting, Mark Wadsworth, Senior Architectural Systems’ MD, said: “Although no stranger to the retail market thanks to the success of our popular Hybrid system, we are delighted that our new Ali Fold patio door range has been positively received by both our existing fabricator base as well as helping to establish relationships with new trade customers. Our commitment to product innovation and maintaining high levels of customer service is in line with our ethos of giving customers what they want when they want it, and we feel we have a great offering with the Ali Fold range.” www.seniorarchitectural.co.uk 54 ALUMINIUM Letter to the editor I see talk of heritage and conservation in the trade press, and more often than not the conversation’s dominated by timber – how it’s the quintessential vintage glazing material, and how manufacturers and fabricators have striven to produce something that has all its charm and elegance but with the exceptional performance and easy maintenance of PVC-U. In a sense, that’s not surprising – the majority of conservation jobs require timber-for-timber replacement, or timber-look PVC-U products. But it also forgets the big role aluminium is increasingly playing in the heritage glazing sector. There’s a widespread misconception that ‘traditional’ automatically means timber. But metal windows have been widespread since medieval times, when blacksmiths made frames out of lead or wrought iron. By the mid- 1700s, the accuracy of metal castings meant metal windows could be mass produced in factories instead – and the invention of modern steel in 1855 meant it was possible to produce much larger windows than brittle iron had previously allowed. The Victorians made extensive use of steel windows for office buildings, school, factories and hospitals because of its formal look and fire resistance. Throughout the early 20th century, advances in manufacturing and technology as well as shifting architectural trends saw steel-framed windows become increasingly common in domestic contexts, too. What all this means in practice is that there are now increasing numbers of historic buildings with metal-framed windows that need replacing – and, fantastically, there is an extensive range of easy, costeffective, low maintenance alternatives. Foremost among them is aluminium. Affordable, aesthetically very similar and not subject to rust and corrosion, aluminium doesn’t need any coating or painting. Since the development of the polyamide thermal break, aluminium has become one of the most thermally efficient materials around. At Fenster Fabrications, we use the Alitherm Heritage system from Smarts. It’s been specifically designed for renovations of existing buildings and large-scale refurbishment projects. Approved for use by local authorities including the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Watford Borough Council and Essex County Council, the Alitherm Heritage’s slim, traditional steel-like profiles and sightlines make it ideal for use on Victorian and Art Deco properties. What’s more, it’s hugely versatile – it’s available in fixed pane, sash, top hung and side hung casement, and comes in a range of finishes including metallic and dual colours. It’s a fantastic testament to how far the window industry has come – that we’ve reached a stage where we can offer replacement heritage windows that deliver the aesthetics of historic materials, whether that be timber or steel, but with the all-round exceptional performance of modern PVC-U and aluminium. Tony Drake MD, Fenster Fabrications Commercial doors ‘made easy’ Jack Aluminium has launched a new brochure for its TD68 Jack Door. “As part of our marketing support for fabricators, we’ve launched the brochure so they can give their customers a simple, at-a-glance reference to the benefits of the Jack Door system,” said Ash Pearson, sales manager at Jack Aluminium. “The Jack Door gives fabricators an easy route towards meeting PAS 24 and Secured by Design. It’s the ideal choice for schools and colleges, hospitals, local authorities and other commercial buildings where security is essential.” According to Jack Aluminium, the brochure covers the most comprehensive range of PAS24 commercial doors available, including controlled access, emergency exit and remote access, and a wide variety of hardware and colour options. All door profiles are said to have in-built strength, security and thermal efficiency, backed by extensive independent testing. www.ggpmag.com February 2017 Ash concluded: “The Jack Door helps fabricators to meet robust specification guidelines. The TD68 system has passed PAS 24 and is fully Q marked, so it is ready for fabricators to attain Secured by Design status.” Tony Drake


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