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Building Products July 2017

DOORS, WINDOWS AND ACCESSORIES | PRODUCT PROFILES Curtain walling and doors help renovate Edinburgh conservation area Architectural aluminium glazing series 190 heavy-duty and 350 systems by Kawneer were specified severe-duty commercial entrance for a landmark office building in the doors, were used on the offices on Edinburgh New Town Conservation the second to sixth floors of Area for their ability to meet a number 6 and on some elements diverse range of requirements. of the eight retail/restaurant units Comprehensive Design Architects on the ground, first and basement (CDA) in conjunction with floors of numbers three to eight. Hoskins Architects specified three CDA project director Gareth types of Kawneer’s curtain walling Thompson said: “The project and two types of doors for the £42 required different types of curtain million redevelopment of 3 to 8 St walling, capped and SSG, not to Andrew Square on a prominent mention the bespoke fin caps. The corner of the sensitive World adaptability of Kawneer’s systems Heritage Site. played a critical part in achieving The Kawneer AA110 capped and the design and successfully SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) resolving the complexities of the curtain walling with a 65mm different types of curtain walling.” sightline and a bespoke 80mm wide system, complemented by www.kawneer.com Restrictors help create window of opportunity JULY 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 51 Filling Bath with light Heritage colours and kerb-side appeal was among the factors that persuaded the planning authorities of Bath that Modus pvc-u windows from Eurocell were the appropriate alternative to timber on an exposed location near the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ensleigh estate is being developed by Bloor Homes consisting of 136 upmarket homes selling at up to £1 million apiece. Paul Baker, regional managing director for Bloor Homes South West said: “The planners originally wanted timber windows but that wouldn’t work for our designs because we wanted to install matching fascias and soffits that fitted beneath considerable eaves. This is on an exposed site at the top of a steep hill so they wouldn’t look great for very long.” “Timber windows, fascias and soffits would require expensive maintenance because of the scaffolding required to paint them. These PVC-U alternatives not only have kerb-appeal but are maintenance-free”. Plans are now going ahead for each housebuilder to construct a further 40 homes on an extension to the original site, with Modus being specified for this development too. www.eurocell.co.uk UK hardware manufacturer J.Banks has been designing, developing and producing door and window products for over 160 years. Following the first design for a concealed window restricting device more than 20 years ago, the company has been actively involved in a continuous programme of design and development, which has now evolved into a range of both concealed and face fix window restrictors available from any European manufacturer. Working closely with the major distributors and window companies, J.Banks has developed a wide suite of products designed to meet a variety of applications and window profiles. In recent years the company’s R&D department has recognised the growing need for products that satisfy the new building regulation requirements and the possibility of even more demanding legislation likely in the near future. To address these safety requirements the company produces a variety of products for either face-fix or concealed applications, available as standard nonlocking devices, through to the highly specified range of Res-Lok auto-locking, auto re-engage restrictors, all models are available with the latest Hold-Open arm option. www.jbanks.co.uk Olympians café proves to be Common Ground Following a full renovation and the installation of Origin Bi-fold Doors, Olympic swimmer Fran Halsall has opened the doors to a new café called Common Ground on the outskirts of Manchester alongside fellow sports personalities, cyclists Jessica Varnish and Liam Phillips. The business partners set about planning the space in November 2016. By March, the lease was signed and building work began, taking only five weeks to complete. Minimalist and Scandinavian in style, the cafe has rustic wooden tables and an unusual sit up bar made from natural wood. Origin Bi-folding Doors at the front and back of the café, both three door sets, open up entirely to the outside. Powder-coated in anthracite grey, they were chosen specifically to match the café’s quirky décor. Fran said: “We’ve made the best use of space by installing the Origin Bi-folding Doors, which are amazing. They fully fold back so people can sit and have their coffee in the fresh air. The bi-fold doors certainly make it a beautiful space to enjoy a cuppa.” www.origin-global.com


Building Products July 2017
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