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Case Study – Penketh South Primary’s Brise Soleil

Case Study – Penketh South Primary’s Brise Soleil

Twinfix Limited

Following on from the launch of our Brise Soleil earlier in the year, we were approached by Aztec to provide some external structures for Penketh South Primary School in Warrington. With over 30 years’ experience the Twinfix Technical Team had no problems designing structures to suit both their needs and budget.Our expert team designed, manufactured, and installed a 49 sqm free-standing mono-pitch canopy in the front courtyard of the school and two staircase canopies complete with Brise Soleil.The Brise Soleil served two purposes, while providing additional shelter in conjunction with the canopies running above the external staircases, it also enhanced the aesthetics of the area and complemented the building’s exterior.The canopy roofs comprise of our innovative Multi-Link-Panel NF system, the panels conform to the HSE’s recommended drop test for fragility ACR[M]001:2019 with a B designation, meaning they are classified as non-fragile. The Brise Soleil is made up of vertical ellipsoid blades which are 200mm deep and generally 2.1m height. The aluminium blades were powder-coated in RAL 7035 (light grey) and RAL 3020 (red).The structures were installed in time to protect students and staff from the recent heat wave and also in preparation for the inclement weather that the new school year will bring.
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Oxford Science Park - Brise soleil

Oxford Science Park - Brise soleil

Maple Façades

A four-storey office and laboratory facility at Oxford Science Park uses high-tech solar control glass. However, Maple still had an very important role to play. We supplied and installed a bespoke brise soleil system to further protect the interior from direct sunlight. It was an excellent example of collaboration between architect, contractor and supplier to find the most effective solution.“The use of our 3D modelling software and its compatibility with Vision Profiles’ CNC machining equipment helped reduce design time by 80% for the whole project,” said Maple project director Jay McGrath.
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Burger King Case Study - Brise Soleil & Canopies

Burger King Case Study - Brise Soleil & Canopies

Twinfix Limited

Last year, fast food chain Burger King added forty-eight new restaurants to their rapidly growing portfolio. Twinfix were approached by Ideal Building Systems to design, manufacture & install canopies and Brise Soleils at three of the sites in Kent, Clacton-on-Sea and Swindon.With over 30 years’ experience the Twinfix Technical Team had no problems designing structures to suit the requirements and budget of the client.Twinfix’s expert team designed, manufactured, and installed a brise soleil which covered all four sides of the restaurant at the first site in Swindon and fabricated lean to mono-pitch canopies with squared posts and 3mm thick solid aluminium sheet for roof, complete with brise soleil for rear, sides and front at the restaurants in Kent and Clacton-on-Sea.The structures served two purposes, while providing shelter, they also enhanced the aesthetics of the restaurants and complemented the building’s exterior.Each canopy spans 35 square metres and the roof comprises of pressed aluminium roof at a reduced pitch to fit inside the 150 depths of our frame, concealed gutters and downpipes and prepared for soffits by another contractor. The roofs were powder coated in RAL 3020 Traffic Red and squared aluminium posts powder coated to RAL 9006 White Aluminium.The Brise Soleils are constructed from our 150 x75 rectangular hollow section and had to accommodate some wiring for lights that were installed later by another contractor. These are a striking addition to the building fascia.The design of the proposed future sites look set to follow the same format and we look forward to working with Ideal Building Systems on the upcoming projects.
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Case Study – Kids Planet, Winnington, Brise Soleil

Case Study – Kids Planet, Winnington, Brise Soleil

Twinfix Limited

Kids Planet Day Nurseries currently provides childcare for over 7,500 children across their 54 settings in the North West and Midlands.Last September, the nursery opened a new setting in the commercial hub at the centre of the new Winnington Urban village housing development.Twinfix were approached by principal contractor Short Construction to design, manufacture and install two Brise Soleils for the nursery.The Brise Soleils served two purposes, while providing additional shelter in conjunction with the canopy over the play area and the entrance to the building, they also enhanced the aesthetics of the area and complemented the building’s exterior.The South West elevation spans 14 metres and the North East elevation spans 17 metres. Both structures comprise of 200mm ellipsoid aluminium blades, every 300mm and are 3m and 4m height. The aluminium is powder coated to RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey.The structures were installed in time to protect students and staff from the summer sun this summer and for years to come.
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Shadex 100 Brise Soleil at McDonalds, Ilkeston

Shadex 100 Brise Soleil at McDonalds, Ilkeston

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Project type: RestaurantLocation: Rutland Street, Ilkeston, DerbyshireProduct: Shadex 100 Brise Soleil Horizontal Support method: First Fix Brackets: Through CladdingFirst Fix Brackets: Curtain-walling MullionsFirst Fix Brackets: Blockwork, Before RenderFinish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 5012 Matt Light BlueFire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018)Architect: Peart Bradley ArchitectsContractor: Coxmoor Projects LtdSub Contractor: R. & J. Projects Ltd
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Shadex 100 Brise Soleil at Harrow Business Centre

Shadex 100 Brise Soleil at Harrow Business Centre

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Location: Harrow Business Centre Project: CommercialProduct: Shadex 100 Brise Soleil, 700mm projection Finish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 7046 Matt Telegrau 2 Fire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018) Support method: First Fix Brackets & Isol8 Chucks: Curtain-walling mullions Architect: KDS Associates Ltd Contractor: Brennan Group Sub Contractor: HKL Specialists Limited
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Shadex 150 Brise Soleil Horizontal (First Fix Brackets) at The Wing Memorial

Shadex 150 Brise Soleil Horizontal (First Fix Brackets) at The Wing Memorial

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Location: Folkestone, KentProject Type: Educational & Historial monumentDevelopment Cost: Educational & Historial monument, £3.5mProduct: Shadex 150 Brise Soleil Horizontal (First Fix Brackets)Finish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 7040 Matt Window Grey: Marine SpecificationFire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018)Client: Battle of Britain Memorial TrustArchitect: Godden Allen LawnSub Contractor: John Nason Fascia, Soffit & Guttering
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Livingstone Brussels - Solar Shading Brise Soleil

Livingstone Brussels - Solar Shading Brise Soleil

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

The elliptical louvre blades on the DucoSun Ellips 150 that are incorporated in the construction as a terrace cover, fulfil both a functional and an aesthetic role. "This type of solar shading system with its elegantly shaped blades, minimalist fixings, simple fitting system and the way that the shade tapers at off at the end with the inclination angle of the blades, fits seamlessly into Livingstone's architectural concept", states Archi 2000. "In addition the light grey of the DucoSun Ellips 150 reflects the light perfectly so that the blades blend in beautifully with the sky."
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Inovyn ChorVinyls, Runcorn

Inovyn ChorVinyls, Runcorn

Maple Façades

Maple installed an 11.5m high brise soleil system to the north and west elevations of the four-storey building, which will accommodate up to 450 employees.“Maple’s project management and pre-construction support helped develop a brise soleil solution within budget, to the client’s aspirations – safely and to a high standard,” said BAM’s Senior Project Manager, David Oldfield.
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Tribeca Square, London

Tribeca Square, London

Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings Ltd

Finish: Interpon D2525 Gold Pearl YY217E Parts Coated: Rainscreen panels, brise soleil screens Architect: McBains Fabricator: Sotech Applicator: Specialist Coatings
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Middlewood Locks, Manchester

Middlewood Locks, Manchester

Kawneer UK Ltd

The first phase of the Middlewood Locks project in Manchester by developer Scarborough International Properties features Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®130 brise soleil and AA®720 external doors on the ground floors of six blocks of apartments around three large basins of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canals.The AA®130 brise soleil has also been used between external balconies as privacy screens and was complemented by Kawneer’s AA®3572 lift/slide doors and AA®720 thermally-superior side-hung casement windows which feature on the first floor upwards of the seven-storey blocks.
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Battersea Reach, Blocks H & J

Battersea Reach, Blocks H & J

Fusion Facades

Project Overview:Fusion Facades Limited took center stage in the design and supply of architectural aluminium solutions for Battersea Reach Blocks H & J. Set over 15 storeys, this development known as The Pinnacle comprises 88 apartments, featuring an exclusive collection of penthouses. Boasting exquisite features, including floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies or terraces, and meticulously designed interiors by Broadway Malyan Architects, these luxury homes offer residents an unparalleled living experience with spacious layouts ranging from 613 sq. ft. to 3319 sq. ft. Fusion Facades played a crucial role by designing and supplying Brise Soleil solar shading, SnapLok Capping for flat roof parapet protection, and rainscreen cladding.Project Details:Scope of Works:Design and supply of Brise Soleil solar shadingDesign and supply of SnapLok Capping for flat roof parapet protectionDesign and supply of rainscreen claddingClient's Requirements:Battersea Reach Blocks H & J demanded architectural solutions that not only complemented the modern luxury of The Pinnacle but also accentuated the stunning riverside views. The client's key project requirements included:Architectural Excellence: A design that reflects the high-end luxury and modernity of The Pinnacle while seamlessly blending with Broadway Malyan Architects' interiors.Riverside Views: Solutions that enhance and frame the breathtaking riverside views from the apartments across all 15 storeys.Comprehensive Protection: Architectural elements that provide solar shading, protect flat roof parapets, and offer a sleek rainscreen cladding solution for the building.Fusion Facades' Approach:Fusion Facades Limited approached the Battersea Reach Blocks H & J project with a commitment to innovation and architectural finesse:Brise Soleil Solar Shading: Fusion Facades meticulously designed and supplied Brise Soleil, a solar shading solution that not only offers sun control but also adds an element of contemporary elegance to the exterior.SnapLok Capping for Flat Roof Parapets: The SnapLok Capping solution provided by Fusion Facades served a dual purpose, offering protection to flat roof parapets while contributing to the overall sleek aesthetic of the building.Rainscreen Cladding: Fusion Facades delivered a rainscreen cladding solution that not only offered weather protection but also added texture and depth to the building's facade, enhancing its visual appeal.Results:Fusion Facades Limited's design and supply contributions to Battersea Reach Blocks H & J yielded outstanding results:Architectural Integration: The Brise Soleil solar shading, SnapLok Capping, and rainscreen cladding seamlessly integrated into The Pinnacle's modern luxury aesthetic, enhancing the overall architectural excellence.Riverside Views Accentuated: The carefully considered design of Fusion Facades' solutions accentuated the stunning riverside views from all 88 apartments, contributing to the overall appeal of Battersea Reach Blocks H & J.Comprehensive Protection: Fusion Facades not only provided architectural elements for aesthetic enhancement but also ensured comprehensive protection with the SnapLok Capping and rainscreen cladding solutions.Conclusion:Fusion Facades Limited's design and supply of Brise Soleil solar shading, SnapLok Capping for flat roof parapet protection, and rainscreen cladding for Battersea Reach Blocks H & J exemplifies their commitment to architectural excellence. This case study underscores the importance of expertly designed and supplied solutions in achieving a harmonious blend of luxury, functionality, and breathtaking views in modern residential developments. Fusion Facades' role in Battersea Reach Blocks H & J stands as a testament to their ability to elevate architectural aesthetics to new heights.
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Aluminum Venetian Blinds in Thales HQ

Aluminum Venetian Blinds in Thales HQ

Bandalux Industrial SA

The project includes two buildings : offices, a company restaurant, and a car park . To get visual and thermal confort in a all spaces , it had been installed more tan 938 Signum Bandalux aluminium venetian blinds . They thus allow preserving the intimacy without giving up visibility on the outside , and act as a complement to the brise -soleil of the façade . Pyramide d’Or 2017 (France)
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One Braham

One Braham

AGC Glass UK Ltd

Completed in 2020, One Braham, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, delivers 18 storeys of Grade A office accommodation aimed at tech, telecoms and media clients.The 20,000m² fully-glazed unitised facade, installed by Focchi Spa, combines AGC Stopray Vision-50 and Stopray Smart energy efficient coatings together with vertical brise-soleil on the east, south and west facades.
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The Sorting Office, Dublin

The Sorting Office, Dublin

Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings Ltd

Completed in July 2020, The Sorting Office has been designed and constructed to the highest sustainable standards achieving LEED platinum certification.The development is articulated with design features that add visual interest and assert a clear geometric form. The material palette of the facade consists of perforated aluminium brise-soleil fins applied in a fine texture metallic powder coating that are strategically placed to minimise solar gains.Finish: YW387I Ordos Sable
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ARCO Offices and Fruitmarket MSCP - Architectural Façade

ARCO Offices and Fruitmarket MSCP - Architectural Façade

Maple Façades

We supplied and installed vertical fins, brise soleil light shelves and louvred rooftop plant screens on Arco’s new five-storey office building – as well as fins and an expanded mesh façade to the 350-space car park.“The overall look of the new development is modern and bold, and has already received many positive comments about its ‘iconic’ appearance,” said Arco’s Estates & Facilities Project Leader, Steve Owen.
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Savoy cinema, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Savoy cinema, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Project type: CinemaLocation: St Catherine’s Road, Grantham, LincolnshireProduct: Shadex 150 Brise Soleil Horizontal (First Fix Brackets off Curtain Walling)​Finish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 7046 Matt Telegrau 2Fire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018)Architect: N. B. D. A.Contractor: G. F. TomlinsonSub Contractor: Optimus Architectural Ltd
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The New BBVA  Headquarters - Madrid

The New BBVA Headquarters - Madrid

EFFISUS

The new BBVA Headquarters is located in the northern outskirts of Madrid. The complex comprises an intricate network of buildings, patios and gardens. The buildings were designed to optimize the use of natural light and provide visualization of green areas within the work environment. The main building is easily recognizable by its geometrically shaped brise-soleil and its rounded silhouette central tower. The Effisus Ecofacade membranes were used to seal the connections of the glass elements to the facade, guaranteeing water and air tightness, optimizing the energy efficiency of the building.
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Aluminium Eaves System at Wymondham Library, Norfolk

Aluminium Eaves System at Wymondham Library, Norfolk

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Location: Wymondham, Norfolk Project: Educational Product: Curved Meridian Aluminium Wall Coping, Aluminium Eaves System with hidden gutter & support-work, Rainwater pipes & Brise Soleil Shading System Finish: Syntha Pulvin RAL 7012 Matt Basalt Grey Fire rating: A2 s1, d0 Non-combustible (Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018) Architect: NPS Property Consultants Ltd Main Contractor: Morgan Ashurst Sub Contractor: Roweaver Developments Ltd
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Who said Retirement Villages Can't be Contemporary?

Who said Retirement Villages Can't be Contemporary?

NEACO Ltd

Our modular Stainless-Steel Balustrades offer a luxurious aesthetic as a result of the natural metallic sheen and precision-engineered detailing. Another benefit of incorporating our Stainless-Steel Balustrades is that they are completely resistant to fire and retain their strength at high temperatures. Our Brise Soleil Solar Shading grilles provide a modern, durable and maintenance-free alternative to curtains and blinds and are also A1 Fire Rated. Robin Hughes, Castle Retirement Living’s CEO, says about Neaco’s contribution “good quality products and great people to deal with. We’ll work together again”.
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Accoya cladding for the first ever two-storey KFC company store

Accoya cladding for the first ever two-storey KFC company store

Accoya

This development includes large areas of external elevations & soffits cladded in Accoya. Accoya was also used for the Brise Soleil canopy detailing on the drive-through lane & the double height curtain walling pictured on the front elevations. For this natural aesthetic the pre-finished Accoya profiles were given one (natural plus-ctec) base coat & three top (sansin translucent) coats. As one of the most durable products on the market, Accoya is the ideal material for projects such as this. Accoya is 75% less likely to shrink & swell in variable weather, allowing it to retain its structural integrity.
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Technowood pergola at Bodrum Carrese hotel

Technowood pergola at Bodrum Carrese hotel

Technowood UK

Bodrum Caresse Hotel Technowood pergola roof covering. Pergola sections spanning over 12 metres, Technowood systems have solved an Architectural problem that been around for decades.Hotel Pergola with unsupported spanHardwood timber has been used for many years. Creating roof structures for both interior and exterior applications. Its well known that with timber, the further you need to span means the larger the timber section required. Only to a certain point where steel flitch beams are required. Then the Architect may consider using Glulam beams in a similar arrangement. The sight of steel plates and huge fixing bolts may not be acceptable to the design and so Architects and designers need something else.“From centre stage and into the lime light shines Technowood… Tah Dah…”Technowood is normally fabricated with Aluminium and timber, this is usually acceptable length to 7.5 metres span. In this instance, the fabrication was with GRP and real timber. Glass Reinforced Polymer is able to span up to 12.5 metres.The exterior terraces, designed with massive pergolas; unsupported throughout their length and signed off from the Structural Engineer for conformance.Swimming Pool PergolaThe swimming pool is also covered with an extreme pergola system. The span here is enormous and impressive nonetheless. It provide the vertical structure exactly as the design intended and provides dappled shade across the whole area. There are no upright support pillars to obstruct the walkways or vista.These sections like exactly like huge timber beams, they maybe GRP in the inside but they are certainly real wood on the outside.Brise soleil for terraces and balconiesYou can see from the images that the Technowood has been used to match the design of the pergolas to create brise soleil arrangements on the balconies. These are normal quite small affairs in small spans and not normally in timber, these are different. They are massive in section, huge in length and still in timber.Architects often specify raised timber structures to create shade from the sun. Technowood enable the design to become reality somewhat easier than first imagined. The sections can be moveable, house lighting and speakers too.Installing a Technowood PergolaEach project design must go through the design team at Technowood for approval; They advise on all fixing details. The team have designed and delivered thousands of projects over the last 2 and more decadesInstead of many hands, cranes and dangerous work environments, Technowood systems for Pergolas and Brise Soleil arrangements are lightweight. The fixings, usually hidden from sight resulting in cleaner lines, no flitch plates or nuts and bolts.Contact Technowood to realise your design into the unimaginable…We also have a showroom at The Sky House Design Centre please get in touch to book an appointment.
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Forbury Place, Reading

Forbury Place, Reading

Ash & Lacy

Project DescriptionThe Forbury Place development began in 2014 as the largest speculative office development in the UK outside of London, and is now considered to be Reading’s newest urban business district. The estate offers 600,000sqft of prime office space across 3 office buildings in the heart of Reading’s city centre. No1 Forbury Place is home to global company SSE, and has deservedly been recognised for architectural excellence thanks to its distinctive exterior façade.Specific Project ChallengesProject specific design and application of a floor to floor spanning rainscreen support system.Bespoke designed and fabricated 3D peel effect aluminium panels.Continuity of façade finish, from rainscreen panels across to brise-soleil and curtain walling systems.Solutions OfferedThe specification and engineering of the S150 VariAL H box mullion allowed floor to floor spanning, fixed at slab levels, to prevent point loading of the rainscreen system back to the SFS.Trial panels were manufactured in-house prior to supply on site to ensure architectural intent was interpreted accurately.Powder coating procurement through a single source applicator for all elements of the façade, to guarantee colour continuity.
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Ian Macleod Distillers Headquarters

Ian Macleod Distillers Headquarters

Broxap Ltd

New corporate headquarters for a growing independent distiller called for the perfect blend of outdoor infrastructure to reflect its strong local identity.Ian Macleod Distillers (IMD) embarked on the new HQ project after outgrowing its nearby Russell House head office.The £4.5 million development features two prominent glass towers representing the traditional ventilation shafts of Scottish whisky distilleries.And when it came to the design and creation of the building's outdoor spaces, Broxap's Litchard range provided a similar timeless yet unique aesthetic for the site.Working for Clark Contracts, Broxap designed, manufactured and installed a suite of furniture including two Litchard Picnic Units and 16 Litchard Benches.Our teams collaborated with the project leaders to create 8 Litchard Seats, as well as tables and short benches, to specific dimensions to enable unique group seating configurations.A Palisade Brise Soleil adds another dimension to the breakout space. Door barriers, complete with tapping bars to meet Scotland’s disability access standards, completed the project.The main building delivers 10,000 sq ft of office space for IMD and is the commercial hub for the independent family firm which owns brands including Edinburgh Gin, Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Smokehead.
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Middlebeck Primary School, Newark

Middlebeck Primary School, Newark

Senior Architectural Systems Ltd

Located to the south of Newark, Middlebeck is a 694-acre urban extension which will provide new housing, access to local amenities and a new purpose built primary school. The Christ Church C of E Primary School has been constructed to serve the local community and boasts an attractive design by Gollifer Langston Architects, with the L shape plan of the new school forming two sides of a courtyard.Constructed by the Lindum Group, the attractive and contemporary design of the new school building embraces the use of natural daylighting and the extensive use of glazing helps to strengthen the connection between interior and exterior spaces. Senior’s slimline SF52 aluminium curtain wall system has created a light and welcoming entrance, with Senior’s versatile SPW600 aluminium windows and secure SPW501 aluminium commercial doors used throughout.Robust and fully recyclable, Senior’s aluminium fenestration systems were powder-coated to further enhance durability and to complement the white brise-soleil installed to the south side of the building to help control solar gain. Additional solar shading protection from the overhanging roof, in addition to the use of natural ventilation, photovoltaic roof panels and underfloor heating also contribute to the overall sustainable design of the school building.Senior worked closely with supply chain partner Alusec to deliver the fenestration package.
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Northern Ireland’s First Passivhaus Plus College recognised by UN

Northern Ireland’s First Passivhaus Plus College recognised by UN

Metal Technology Ltd

The £29m South West College in Enniskillen, designed by Hamilton Architects LLP and built by Tracey Brothers Ltd, is the first building in Ireland to be designed to Passivhaus Premium Plus standard, delivering an average project façade u-value of 0.8w/m2K. The 8,000sqm education and community facility is situated on the prime site of the former Erne Hospital and won the 2021 BREEAM Official Public Sector Project – Design Stage Award.Amongst the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world, the Erne Campus has been recognised as a UN Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings. The project has joined 25 other buildings around the world as an exemplar of green construction.Metal Technology Ltd assisted approved fabricator and installer, D & K Architectural Systems Ltd, with thermal modelling of the screens and interfaces to ensure the façade’s systems complied with the stringent design requirements, using triple-glazed System 17 Curtain Walling, System 4-35Hi+ Thermal Casement Windows, System 5-35Hi+ Thermal Tilt & Turn Windows, System 5-20DHi+ Thermal Heavy Duty Doors and System 22 Brise Soleil.A challenging and rewarding project for all involved, we’re extremely proud to have played a key part in bringing this state-of-the-art, carbon zero building to life – an exemplar in sustainable innovation and design.
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Metal Technology systems utilised throughout Winchburgh Education Campus, West Lothian

Metal Technology systems utilised throughout Winchburgh Education Campus, West Lothian

Metal Technology Ltd

The £60.5m education campus project comprises four new education buildings: Winchburgh Academy – a 660 pupil non-denominational secondary school, Sinclair Academy – a 660 pupil denominational secondary school, Holy Family Primary School – a 231 pupil replacement primary school with nursery and a shared community sports block.Delivered by Morrison Construction for West Lothian Council and its development partner, Hub South East Scotland Limited, the project was built in response to a significant new housing expansion in the area. Metal Technology Ltd performed an intrinsic technical role in the collaborative design approach with both Ryder Architecture and JM Architects, supplying its high performance range of architectural glazing systems via approved fabricator Albann Limited. Metal Technology products installed were: System 17 High-Rise Curtain Walling, System 5-35Hi+ Tilt and Turn Window, System 4-35Hi+ Casement Window, System 5-20DHi+ Doors and System 22 Brise Soleil. Two of the buildings have been shortlisted in the Scottish Property Awards taking place in February 2023 – Winchburgh Schools Campus is a finalist for Development of the Year while Winchburgh Sport and Well-Being Hub is a finalist for the Architectural Excellence Award. An impressive scheme to have been involved in, delivering brilliant new educational facilities for the young people of Winchburgh. Well done to everyone who contributed. (Photography – Cadzow Pelosi)
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Terra-34 Architectural Grating used as facade for new extension at Donegal Garda Station

Terra-34 Architectural Grating used as facade for new extension at Donegal Garda Station

Lang+Fulton

The new extension for the Donegal Garda is a prominent feature utilising materials that respond to its topology and enhance the building’s civic presence in the town. The dark coloured brick plinth of the semi-basement grounds the building while the upper floors which feature a facade of open mesh grating provide an open and transparent interface with the public whilst maintaining necessary security provisions.Lang+Fulton supplied the bespoke steel mesh cladding for the glazed upper floors of the facade. The grating achieves a contemporary aesthetic and delivers the practical advantages of protection and a brise-soleil solution, while achieving a transparency that offers the public an insight into the activities of the station; the degree of transparency and solar shading creating an interesting variety, dependent on the angle of view, the time of day and light conditions.The Terra-34 grating, which features an anti-climb aperture, was also used to create walkways, soffits and a secure enclosure around the roof-top plant. The gratings were made to 19 different custom-sizes and shapes for each floor with 3038mm high panels for the facade cladding. Slotted tabs were designed for fixing to the support steelwork. The material was supplied in a hot-dip galvanized finish to withstand the coastal environment.Donegal Town Garda Station has won 4 national awards including Best Cultural/Public Building (RIAI). Adjudicators said that, “The project stands out for its laconic civic presence and its no-nonsense adaptation of the spatial culture of a thriving historic town … the building demonstrates that thoughtful architecture can quietly and carefully edify our everyday culture”.
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BioMed Realty, Granta Park, Cambridge

BioMed Realty, Granta Park, Cambridge

Ash & Lacy

Project DescriptionBioMed Realty’s development comprises 94,000 sq.ft. of new office accommodation over three storeys located in the heart of Cambridge’s Granta Park Estate. Rated BREEAM “Very Good”.The building features a dramatic top-lit central atrium space arranged at the heart of the floorplates. It affords the client, a leading international biotechnology company, to operate in exemplar facilities in a flexible environment to meet current needs, planned growth and evolving working patterns, including future proofing for laboratory uses. Aukett Swanke’s design embodies quality, simplicity and elegance, which enabled rapid construction to meet the proposed occupation date.Specific Project ChallengesThe façade design needed to be optimised so that the building could capture heat in the winter, minimise heat gain in the summer and maximise the use of natural daylight.The south-facing elevation, therefore, required a dynamic screen, acting as a brise soleil, maximising daylight opportunities and simultaneously avoiding excessive solar heat gain in the building interior.Solutions OfferedAsh & Lacy provided a bespoke two-step facade solution, using 3mm natural silver anodised aluminium to meet both the aesthetic and practical requirements at BioMed Realty.South elevation panels were rectangular perforated and mounted on a frame in front of the glazed curtain wall to form the dynamic screen.North, East and West elevation panels consisted of matching solid castellated panels with an embossed pattern matching the dynamic screen panels.
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Aluminium cladding that looks like real timber

Aluminium cladding that looks like real timber

Technowood UK

Fire Retardant aluminium cladding that looks like real timber. This system of real timber that wraps aluminium cladding has been around for 30 years; its not a new phenomenon, in some practices, it’s the norm.Exceptional Architecture with contrasting aluminium wood cladding against a striking white stucco facade. Incredible detailing and accurate installation has made this private residence an iconic statement. Real timber veneer over aluminium results in a contemporary timber cladding, its not an effect, its not plastic… its timber.Aluminium cladding that looks like real timber.Set over three floors and a basement, beautiful landscaped surrounds and many balcony terraces make this dwelling the envy of other property owners. The cladding by Technowood ® has been used to good effect for the wall cladding, soffit board arrangement and also the fascias. This system has many options for start and stop beads with alternatives for reveals and corner detail. The design of these projects is only limited by the designer.Pergola design and Brise Soleilby Technowood®As Technowood have been manufacturing since the 1980’s they are well versed in many different profiles and systems in aluminium covered in real wood. Pergolas that span with a clear run up to 12.5 metres, louvres and Brise Soleil that match. We can create a complete system in timber that looks the same, made at the same time by the same hands… the design can also incorporate powder coated or anodized aluminium elements; supplied at the same time. These are also made in the same manufacturing process.Cladding illumination Up lighting, down lighting or washing warm white illumination across the facade of cladding looks beautiful. Further, this offers a welcome from the building during the darker hours, makes your home more inviting, it also looks stylish. It’s a simple effect to achieve and doesn’t cost a lot in comparison to other illuminated elements of the project.Technowood aluminium timber claddingThe simple system is an inclusive platform of cladding. It starts with a simple L shape bracket, a long length of supporting section T shape (like a timber batten); the cladding directly fixes to it. Think rain screen, when you are designing and you won’t go far wrong. Technowood has been here for 30 years and it’s here to stay. Certified FR A2, FSC and certified for Environmental Product Declaration, its also warranted for 20 years.
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Selly Oak Shopping Park, Birmingham – Sivalbp Cladding & Louvres

Selly Oak Shopping Park, Birmingham – Sivalbp Cladding & Louvres

Vincent Timber Ltd

As a project local to Vincent Timber here in Birmingham, this was quite an exciting one for us. Contractors Design and Build worked alongside architects Piper Whitlock on behalf of Harvest on this stunning, 30-acre regeneration project, which was formerly an industrial site.The project is a joint Sainsbury's and Landsec venture which features 250,000 sq. ft. of retail and leisure buildings. As you may imagine, the large onsite Sainsbury's, erected upon stilts, is an impressive feature building.“It was very exciting working on this large-scale project, especially with the unique solar shading we created. Being built locally meant it was great to see the site as it progressed.”  - Malcolm Frowen, Head of Cladding and Brise Soleil Sales @ Vincent TimberWhat You'll Find Here The Sainsbury's site not only features an unforgettable glazed movement atrium, most of its elevations are also clad in beautiful vertical timber strips. Other retailers include Next, Marks & Spencer and JD Sports while Nando's and Costa provide a fuel break from all the shopping fun. All of which are fronted with aesthetically pleasing solar shading created using our Sivalbp timber.Design and aesthetic have been a huge focus of this project, combining many wonderful materials and features while heavily incorporating the Worcester and Birmingham canal to create a unique experience that's so much more than shopping. Whilst there is parking for 860 cars onsite, the canal side square connects the site to the centre of Selly Oak, providing easy access for pedestrians and cyclists too. Thanks to its environmentally friendly design this project has a Very Good BREEAM rating. About SivalbpVincent Timber is the UK's sole distributor of Sivalbp, a modern production facility based in the South of France.The facility combines the latest technology in wood processing, with high quality pre-coating preparation and sophisticated environmentally friendly coating methods to produce a range of coated products that are both high performance and aesthetically pleasing.Many profiles can be secret fixed, avoiding visible nail heads and protecting the integrity of the coating.
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Clifftown Shore, Essex

Clifftown Shore, Essex

Senior Architectural Systems Ltd

Set on the former site of a pub and a fish and chip shop, the stunning new Clifftown Shore residential development has breathed new life into the Western Esplanade in Southend-on-Sea in Essex. The development boasts a stunning location close to both the seafront and the nearby Conservation Area, which encompasses some of the coastal city’s most celebrated local architecture including the 1912 built Cliff Lift funicular railway. In addition to the 51 luxury one, two and three bedroomed apartments, the development also features a ground floor restaurant and cocktail bar and a host of aluminium fenestration systems.Taking inspiration from the Art Deco style of the neighbouring buildings and the beauty of the natural landscape, the undulating ‘waves’ of the white concrete framed building have been further accentuated by the curved installation and slim sightlines of Senior’s thermally-efficient SF52 aluminium curtain wall system.The stunning views from the individual apartments have been framed using Senior’s patented PURe® tilt and turn aluminium windows, with PURe® SLIDE aluminium doors providing access to the outdoor terraces. The thermal efficiency achieved by Senior’s PURe® aluminium system has been further enhanced with the use of energy-efficient triple glazing.The main entrance to the development features Senior’s aluminium PURe® Commercial Doors to provide safe and secure access. As well as contributing to a more energy-efficient building envelope, with all of Senior’s aluminium windows and doors comfortably meeting the new lower U-value targets of Part L of the Building Regulations, the use of the PURe® system also offers improved acoustic performance.Owing to the coastal location of the development, Senior’s aluminium fenestration systems were powder-coated in marine grade Matt Black to offer additional protection from the elements and provide an attractive contrast with the white building design. The installation of aluminium brise soleil, also powder-coated to match the aluminium windows, is both an attractive and practical feature, and will provide solar shading and protection against solar gain.Designed by LAP Architects and built by Cura Construction, all of Senior’s aluminium fenestration solutions were fabricated and installed by supply chain partner Glass & General.

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