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Timber triumphs

Replacement like-for-like period style timber windows from the Mumford & Wood Conservation range have been installed in the thermal upgrade programme of St Margaret’s Junior Girls’ boarding house at the famous Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Other boarding houses at the school have also been refurbished in recent years, with window replacements by Mumford & Wood. The College, which was founded in 1853, is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 years. The College has been at the forefront of girls’ education for over 150 years and has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. One of the College’s earliest Principals was a prominent suffragette educator who also founded St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Main contractor M C H Building Services, Gloucester, a member of the Federation of Master Builders, has undertaken the first phase of this challenging project. The front elevation is now complete, requiring over 80 casement and sash ...

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Controlling the view

Glazing from Kawneer features on the first building of Alconbury Enterprise Campus. The landmark anchor building, designed by AHMM as executive architects on an emerging enterprise park, has achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating with help from architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer. Kawneer’s AA100 curtain walling and series 190 doors feature on the £2.5m Incubator – the first building to be erected in a 20-year project which is transforming a former airfield in Huntingdonshire into three million square ft of commercial hi-tech business space, 5,000 homes and a range of transport infrastructure, community facilities and 700 acres of green space. The airfield is being developed by owners Urban&Civic. The zone-drained curtain walling has been used on an enclosed but unheated double-height glazed gallery, and as the external fabric to a four-storey tower containing meeting rooms. Here, the curtain walling continues above the roof deck to form a transparent balustrade to ...

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Decorative protection

More than 13,000 litres of Johnstone’s Trade’s Microbarr Anti-Bacterial Acrylic Matt has been used to deliver a stunning finish at the brand new Alder Hey in the Park hospital in Liverpool. Alder Hey in the Park is a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital – making a crucial difference to the 270,000 patients and families who visit every year. Its vision is to be an inviting, warm, happy, calming and educational facility and provide a home-from-home for children who need care. Specifying materials that would help that vision become a reality was essential for main contractor Laing O’Rourke, and architect BDP (Building Design Partnership). They also needed to ensure that alongside delivering an aesthetically pleasing finish, they specified a high performance hygiene coating that was fit for the unique issues that a hospital environment brings. This led them to select Johnstone’s Trade’s Microbarr range. The range helps prevent the spread of harmful ...

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Making waves

Thermally treated redwood cladding and decking from Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has been installed at Mercia Marina in Derbyshire, to create a stunning finish which remains in keeping with the natural surroundings of the building. The marina, in Willington, is Europe’s largest inland marina and boasts a plethora of biodiversity and wildlife. Howarth’s cladding and decking therefore suits the surrounding natural environment whilst ensuring a sleek appearance in its high profile location. The high quality Thermo-D cladding, which was installed at The Boardwalk – the marina’s retail accommodation – co-ordinates aesthetically with the thermally treated redwood decking which was also selected for the marina. The Boardwalk boasts a bar and restaurant in which customers can wine and dine, along with a farm shop and a host of boutique retailers. Not only was the premium thermally treated redwood chosen for its aesthetic properties, it was also specified due to the ...

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Light touch

From the upgrade of spectator and hospitality facilities to retractable seating to bring fans closer to the action for football and rugby, the highlight of the newly transformed Olympic Stadium is undoubtedly the ambitious new cantilevered roof, which at twice the size of the original, covers every seat in the house. The new look stadium’s impressive redevelopment by Balfour Beatty has seen the venue put back on the world stage. In what is a feat of design, production and delivery logistics, a critical element of the stadium’s massive new transparent roof canopy is the inclusion of Marlon CS Longlife polycarbonate sheeting from rooflight manufacturer Brett Martin. Stadium designers have recognised that by including translucent materials such as polycarbonate and GRP sheeting into stadia, they can not only make an architectural statement, but also ensure adequate daylighting reaches the grass, whilst at the same time protecting fans from the elements. At ...

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Just the tonic

The new South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children, which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 3 July 2015, and consequently renamed the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, is a benchmark project for many reasons. One is its size – being the largest hospital building project in Europe to date, and another its design for client NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde by specialist healthcare architects IBI Group (formerly Nightingale Associates) – which is colourful and brave in its use of internal ‘floating’ cantilevered pods, among other elements. First impressions aside, it is equally ground-breaking in the background, being the largest off-cut recycling project to date by Armstrong Ceilings who diverted more than 10,000 m² or 35 tonnes of mineral ceiling tile off-cuts from landfill. Main contractor Brookfield Multiplex had worked with Armstrong before to recycle 8,000 m² or 32 tonnes of Bioguard Plain ceiling tile off-cuts ...

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Design excellence

University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea has invested £15m into the refurbishment, restoration and extension of the Grade II-listed former Central Library building to create the new Institute for Sustainable Design. Devised by Powell Dobson Architects, the development incorporates a stunning twin wall facade featuring AluK curtain walling systems, complementing and adding a new dimension to the original design. The modern, double skin facade extension provides additional 657 m², and incorporates a new reception entrance off Alexandra Road, workshops, teaching spaces, as well as design studios. The original circular reading room has been restored and made available as a public venue. Yvonne Gibbs, architect, Powell Dobson, said: “Due to the context of the Listed Building, it was imperative that the new extension was as transparent as possible to express the original scale and features of the historic fabric behind. The University was also looking for a truly sustainable ...

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Growth predicted for bricks, blocks and precast concrete market

Growth in demand predicted for bricks, blocks and precast concrete as confidence returns to UK construction. According to a new report from AMA Research, the market grew by around 25% between 2012 and 2014. A further 11% growth is forecast for 2015 and current estimates indicate that a recovery to pre-recession levels is possible by 2017. Jane Tarver, AMA Research, said: “The total market for bricks, blocks, concrete precast and natural stone products is likely to continue on its relatively strong path of growth in the medium term with good growth in housebuilding and returning confidence in the private commercial sector likely to underpin value growth.” Bricks were estimated to account for around 30% of the total market in 2014, with indications that the strong growth experienced 2013-15 will continue into 2016 with predictions of a further increase of over 10%. The report explains that UK manufacturers of bricks have ...

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Air network

Jon Hill, technical manager at Polypipe Ventilation, examines recent developments in ventilation ducting technology and provides advice on specifying the correct systems.

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