A former cattle market gets a sustainable overhaul with Selectaglaze secondary glazing

William Julian Courtauld paid the princely sum of £50,000 to give Braintree its own Town Hall. The first stone was laid in 1926 and it has been in constant use since its construction.

Braintree Town Hall, Grade II Listed, was faced with the task of making its building more energy efficient. Selectaglaze was approached to address issues with the windows, which allowed cold air in and heat to escape.

A meeting was arranged with Braintree Town Hall and the local Conservation Officer, where an aluminium sample from Selectaglaze was set up next to one of the windows. Those in attendance were surprised at how well the timber grain effect blended in with the wood panelling of the room.

After a successful demonstration, Selectaglaze installed 20 vertical sliding units. All products were finished with a timber grain effect that matched perfectly with the interior.

The installation of secondary glazing radically reduces heat loss and all units are bespoke to achieve airtightness which virtually eradicates draughts. An additional benefit of installing secondary glazing was the reduction of outside noise.

“The Council researched a modern secondary glazing system that would complement the oak panelled interior of the Town Hall. A colour matched oak print with raised wood grain has been applied to the visible parts of the aluminium frame achieving an exact match to the existing oak surround.

“The estimated savings from installing secondary glazing in the Town Hall is at least 12% of the combined heating bill, over £400pa at current prices, which are predicted to increase annually.” Said Councillor Robert Mitchell, Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Place.

Royal Warrant Holder since 2004; Selectaglaze has 50 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and installing secondary glazing for all building types from new buildings to Listed town halls. Selectaglaze offers a free technical advisory service along with RIBA approved CPDs.

Contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271 Email: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk


World Class Study Environment for Liverpool’s Researchers

Liverpool University underwent renovation works to ensure it continues to provide a world class student experience in their research environment. Works also included improvements and refurbishment to the rest of their existing estate. One of the main issues was the noise ingress in the Sherrington Building, making it disruptive for research and learning.

Fenestral, who has worked with Selectaglaze for over 20 years, was approached to create a solution. The answer was secondary glazing, which not only reduced the outside noise, but was also unobtrusive.

The ceiling in the laboratories sits lower than the windows with a raked bulkhead, which left limited space for installation and posed a challenge for the type of system that could be used. Using a combination of the Series 46 fixed at the top of the windows, Series 41 and 45 side hung casements beneath, allowed the windows to be opened, creating a subtle adaptation.

Another requirement was to incorporate blinds within the secondary glazing, which have a room side knob control to the side of the windows.  These provide privacy for the students and keep the blinds free from dust.

Secondary glazing can reduce noise levels to around 45dB providing there is a gap of at least 100mm between the primary and secondary windows. Additionally, it assists in saving energy costs by reducing the amount of heat lost from a building by up to 50%.

Barry Higson, Project Manager at the University of Liverpool said; “The product is well specified and manufactured and does exactly what it says on the tin!”

So far Fenestral has installed 158 units, all of which are fully assembled in Selectaglaze’s factory to enable minimal disruption and rapid installation to fit in with the University’s timetable.

With fifty years’ experience and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has vast experience working on all building styles.

For further information, literature and test results, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271 Email: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk


Allegion launches new AXA range for UK market

AXA, part of the Allegion family of brands has launched its brand new range of door hardware products. AXA is a specialist manufacturer of door and window fittings for residential applications, offering effective solutions and high quality products.

The new release of products includes: AXA Oyster ® 10, AXA Remote 2.0™, AXA Door Guard, AXAflex Combi-stays and Telescopic stays and are available to the UK market.

The AXA Oyster ® is a unique product to the market and combines a window fastener and stay in one. This means that only one product is needed for the window, instead of the usual three. The product can be safely used for ventilation in two positions and has a built-in damper that absorbs any gusts of wind.

AXA Remote 2.0™enables users to open and close windows in their home easily, quickly, securely and remotely. The product allows natural ventilation and fresh air with just a push of a button and can be powered by solar.

AXA Door Guard is a safe and highly secure option for residential front doors, enabling users to open a door slightly to see who is there, and restrict access if necessary. The AXAflex Combi and Telescopic stays are the leading products in the field of ventilation, and have been for decades. These products provide an all-in-one safe and efficient window product.
All of the products listed meet current safety and security requirements for ventilation and all come with guarantees of up to 10 years.

Although products are primarily suitable for residential security, they can also be used across other applications such as commercial, leisure, healthcare and education.

Dan Harvey, product manager at Allegion said: “The new range for UK markets is a secure and compliant collection. They are easy to install, look great and offer quick and efficient security solutions for homeowners. The products all meet necessary standards so homeowners can be rest assured they are purchasing the very best in the market.”

For further information about the products and the benefits, you can view the brochure here. You can contact Allegion on contactuk@allegion.com. Visit www.allegion.com/uk for more information.



Wrightstyle appointed to the Royal Academy

Wrightstyle, the leading supplier of steel and aluminium glazing systems, has been appointed to the Royal Academy of Arts, the UK’s oldest arts institution, for the supply and installation of advanced glazing systems.

The prestigious contract forms part of the RA’s £49.8 million redevelopment to link the two buildings it owns – Burlington House and a building in Burlington Gardens that it purchased in 2001.

When complete in 2018, in time to celebrate the RA’s 250th birthday, visitors will for the first time be able to walk from Piccadilly to Mayfair through expanded and improved artistic spaces.

“The RA is an iconic institution and a centre of teaching excellence, and the redevelopment of its historic buildings is therefore a project of enormous national and cultural significance,” said Lee Coates, Wrightstyle’s technical director.

“We have particular expertise in working on historically sensitive buildings, and we have comprehensive systems ranges to enhance any built environment,” he said.

The external glazing contract will comprise systems from both Wrightstyle and Secco Sistemi, for whom Wrightstyle was appointed a fabricator and supplier earlier this year.

The Italian company is a worldwide leader in the production of designer systems for doors, windows and facades – and which are specified internationally for the refurbishment of historic buildings.

Wrightstyle recently completed the iconic frontage to King’s Cross station in London, is currently working on an historic project on Tower Bridge, and expects to complete the RA contract in three phases between the end of this year and spring 2017.

Contractor for the project is John Sisk & Son and the architect is David Chipperfield.

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Specially-adapted façade solution from Wicona helps to create a new landmark


Specially-adapted façade systems from Wicona have been specified for a new £26m library – a magnificent and inspirational undergraduate facility for the University of Leeds, one of the largest universities in the UK.

The 6,500sqm state-of-the-art learning hub will help the University attract more students in an increasingly competitive higher education environment and provides a major cultural centre to enrich the student experience and the wider community.  It is a new gateway to the University, and its design is a bold and confident statement for the future of the institution.

Designed by ADP, the scheme occupies a sensitive location in a conservation area, surrounded by listed buildings including two churches and in a streetscape that has remained almost unchanged in 50 years.  It is the fourth building on a challenging teardrop-shaped site, and its design had to be developed with careful articulation and considered fenestration to the façades.

The four-storey library features stepped façades to the north and south elevations that unlock a series of generous public spaces. It was conceived as a ribbon of learning around a central circulation and internal study space.  Each floor plate steps up towards the south of the site and the internal atrium.

Portland stone cladding adds weight to the building and helps to present it as a place of importance to the University, complemented by extensive use of glass constructed from Wicona’s WICTEC 50SG structural glazing.

The curtain walling was designed to create an even distribution of light and an elegant appearance, as an alternative to punched openings or a grid across the building envelope. Large, flush picture windows were also formed using the Wicona WICTEC system, providing dramatic, panoramic views across the campus and the cityscape.

A ‘veil’ of anodised aluminium vertical fins floats in front of the glazing and the stone cladding for optimum solar shading to the east and west elevations, whilst allowing key and oblique views and unifying the façade elements.

The WICTEC 50SG structurally glazed system created a flush glass finish and was specially adapted for the project to anchor the solar shading fins.  It also had to meet stringent acoustic requirements and a rating of Rw DB 38 because of the building’s city centre location and the impact of high traffic levels.

Commenting on the project, Torsten Bauszus, Senior Architect at ADP, said, “This was a complex scheme located in a historic and urban context so the building envelope required very high quality, bespoke materials and design detailing.”

“The Wicona curtain walling had to meet a number of stringent specification criteria, including aesthetics, thermal and structural performance, and a high level of noise protection. It was also critical that the glazing was sufficiently robust to support the vertical blades for solar shading and that the connections could be integrated and carefully engineered. We are really pleased with how the glazing is performing.  Wicona’s systems delivered our expectations and we will be specifying them for future projects.”

The curtain walling was finished in bronze anodising externally and light champagne internally.

Wicona’s WICLINE 90SG opening vents were inserted into the curtain walling to naturally ventilate the stair core, and WICSTYLE 75 aluminium doors were used for two entrances on the ground floor and for access to the roof where there are 50,000 bees living in hives.

This is a sustainable building which is constructed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard with low energy passive design and renewable energy generation. There was also robust thermal detailing to the envelope to deliver energy efficiency, as well as a sharp and contemporary appearance that reflects the ambition, vision and values of the University.

The four-storey building on the city centre campus accommodates more than 1,000 individual study places; 5km of linear space for 150,000 books; facilities for collaborative group learning; community classrooms to host outreach work with local schools and colleges; a café, courtyard and galleries for artwork and collections on public display.

Engineered in Germany, Wicona’s WICTEC curtain walling suite has been used extensively for complex façade projects in both the UK and across the world.  It has a wide range of structural aluminium profiles to accommodate vertical, angled, sloped and faceted glazing for optimum creative freedom and performance.  There are options for structural and unitised glazing, and enhanced security, fire protection and bullet resistance for visual consistency across a building envelope.

For more information about Wicona’s range of door, window and curtain walling systems for complex and challenging projects, and its bespoke façade solutions, visit www.wicona.co.uk, email info.wiconauk@wicona.com or call 0845 602 8799.


10 Cork Street has an internal make-over fit for the 21st Century

Situated in Mayfair, 10 Cork Street is in one of London’s most sought after areas; built in 1924-1925 to a design by John Belcher and J.J Joass. Pollen House is a prominent stone clad building with a distinctive blueprint, it has a central internal courtyard bringing together two structures to create one building.

When it was built, the area was associated with tailors, today the street is now known the world over for its many commercial art galleries. Sitting close to the Royal Academy and surrounded by the likes of Burlington Arcade and other high-end retail establishments, who wouldn’t want to work in this vibrant area in offices that have had a 21st century internal make-over?

A high specification design by Ben Adams Architects has created a very attractive environment but one that needed significant attention to the existing steel windows in order to minimise the problem of traffic noise. Selectaglaze, a leading designer of secondary glazing systems with considerable experience in acoustics was approached for advice. Noise reduction of about 45dB has been achieved through the treatment of each window with a single hinged casement glazed with 6.8mm acoustic laminated glass.

The minimal frames with flush hinges and locks provide clean lines which complement the existing windows and the new interiors. An additional benefit of the secondary glazing is an approximate halving of heat loss and near elimination of draughts that ensures a more comfortable working environment.

Founded in 1966, and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working in buildings of all styles, including listed properties.

For further information contact the marketing department on 01727 837271; email: enquries@selectaglaze.co.uk; or visit the company’s website: www.selectaglaze.co.uk


Surrey Academy featuring Technal façade products is ‘world’s best school’

The acclaimed Pegasus Academy at Whitehorse Manor in Croydon has been named the best school in the world. The scheme, which has already won a number of awards for architecture and design excellence, features a series of architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal.

The AR School Awards celebrate ‘the most exciting places of learning in the world’. The global search included submissions from as far afield as Portugal, China and Afghanistan. The judges, who included dRMM co-founder Sadie Morgan, praised the project’s ‘material beauty’ and ‘its spatial configuration’. They also commented, ‘The interventions have transformed a Victorian school into something that feels incredibly contemporary and incredibly liberating’.

Whitehorse Manor Junior and Infant Schools were extensively remodelled and expanded to create an inspiring academy in a £4.5m project. An innovative design by architects Hayhurst & Co brought together a fragmented site with a series of extensions to a complex fabric of 20th century school buildings. The new facilities included a nursery, six classrooms, a larger hall, and an entrance and office areas that link two existing buildings.

Fabricated and installed by Everglade Windows, a range of Technal’s façade systems were specified for both phases of the project:

  • Fixed light windows in varying sizes were installed into the building’s striking gold shingle cladding and into the pitched roof for the nursery.
  • Ribbon windows wrap around the nursery, set into curtain walling, to maximise natural light.
  • Sloped glazing was constructed from GEODE-MX curtain walling for the stairwells with complex detailing to the corner edges to meet the architects’ design criteria.
  • GEODE-MX grid curtain walling was used on all elevations and to provide roof glazing above the new entrance, with casement window inserts for natural ventilation.
  • Casement door systems in both manual and automatic configurations were supplied for the main entrance into curtain walling, and for access to the courtyard, nursery and upper floor play deck.

Commenting on the façade systems, Nick Hayhurst, Director at architects Hayhurst & Co said, “This was a complex façade project with some challenging geometry. We used a combination of floor-to-ceiling glazing and individual windows to bridge the ground and first floors. We are very happy with the finished building and would definitely use Technal again for future projects.”

James Wilson, recently appointed Head of Marketing for Technal, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be associated with a project that has achieved such national and international acclaim. This is a wonderful place of learning for young people and we offer our sincerest congratulations to the architectural team for their outstanding design.”

The Whitehorse Manor project has also been recognised with a Civic Trust Award, an RIBA Award (London category), the Schools Award in the AJ Retrofit Awards, and Best Public Sector Interior at the FX International Interior Design Awards.

Technal has now launched its latest and most innovative casement window system to offer exceptional security, thermal, acoustic and weather performance, and unparalleled aesthetics. The SOLEAL window is available in numerous configurations and uses a single system with a 65mm deep profile and common components to give architects and contractors an extensive choice of construction options combined with ease of specification and maximum efficiency in manufacturing.

For further information about the new SOLEAL casement window and other Technal façade products, call 01924 232323, email info.uk@technal.com or visit www.technal.co.uk.


Care Home opens on time thanks to Jade

Spectus Approved Window Contractor Jade Windows earned the praise of a major care home group for returning to finish a 200-window installation despite the main contractor going into administration near to the end of the work.

The Yorkshire-based fabricator went back to rescue the project, working directly for the Care UK group, to finish the last few items. This enabled the new-build Abney Court care home in Cheadle to be completed allowing care home residents to move in as planned, on time. Jade lost out financially, but the gratitude of the client should bode well for future projects as a spokesperson for Care Group UK explained:

“Nothing was too much trouble for Jade. We were very pleased with their windows and installation right from the beginning but when the problem with the main contractor arose, they were back on site and carried out all the last bits and the snagging just as we would have expected had there been no problem. They were as helpful as we could have wished for and, thanks to them, we were able to open the home on time for the benefit of the residents who would have otherwise felt so left down and disrupted.”

The anthracite on white casement windows in the Spectus Elite 70mm bevelled PVC-U system were as specified by the client but, as Jade’s Ryan Fozard said, they were able to advise on the use of special restrictors as well as the design of the oriel bays. He added that they also helped to cut costs for the client by advising on more extensive use of the PVC-U system:

“Originally, quite a few of the windows were going to be aluminium, and much more expensive of course. We had a meeting with the main contractor and were able to offer a huge cost saving by turning to PVC-U for many of them. The result was no compromise on quality, just a much more cost-effective solution.”

He added that the anthracite on white Elite is now a stock item from Spectus, because of its growing popularity, which also made the project much easier to manage.

“But also we had the support of the Spectus commercial and technical teams at every stage of the project. However experienced or professional a contractor may be, there is always a time when a little additional support may go a long way and may even in some cases be the make or break of a contract.”

For more information about the business please contact marketing@spectus.co.uk or visit www.spectus.co.uk


Fight condensation on windows in winter with Guardian ClimaGuard® Dry glass

 Water condensation on windows is a problem that inevitably affects many modern houses and apartments in autumn. Condensing water not only looks unappealing, but also can affect visibility. The choice of ClimaGuard® Dry by Guardian’s Glass Group in Europe is a way to get rid of “steamy windows” while maintaining excellent insulating properties.

Until recently, it was commonly believed that the phenomenon of condensation was typical for windows with high thermal performance glazing. Moreover, external condensation was widely considered the signature of a well-insulated, energy-efficient window. How did this belief come to be?

Good thermal insulation glass does not allow the heat to “escape” from inside the house, so the outer pane usually stays cold and allows the deposition of water droplets from humid air. This, however, is not the case with the anti-condensation Guardian ClimaGuard Dry glass.

The product’s advantage lies in its innovative coating that allows it to effectively fight the phenomenon of “steamy windows”. Field tests conducted by Guardian in real weather conditions show that the average duration of water condensation on ClimaGuard Dry glass is just one hour. By comparison, for self-cleaning glass it is 7 hours, and for regular float glass it can be up to 8 hours. The all-new coating provides excellent transparency without compromising insulation or energy-efficiency of modern windows. The coating is extremely durable and requires no special maintenance. Guardian ClimaGuard Dry can be successfully used both in new buildings and in those undergoing a retrofit. This innovative glass not only effectively eliminates condensation, but it also improves the energy efficiency of buildings and helps to meet the highest standards of sustainable construction. ClimaGuard Dry glass can be used in double- and triple-glazed windows. The product must be tempered to activate the coating.

About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass and fabricated glass products for commercial, residential and transportation applications; automotive trim; and the distribution of building products. Through its research and development centers (Science & Technology Center for glass and Advanced Development Center for automotive), Guardian is at the forefront of innovation. Its automotive trim group, SRG Global, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 17,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Visit www.guardian.com.


New retail centre opens the door to thermal efficiency


The Bishop Centre in Buckinghamshire has recently undergone a complete renovation. The site’s complex series of ageing retail units were demolished and transformed into 101,500sq ft. of contemporary commercial space. Creating large, welcoming entrances that could also deliver excellent thermal performance was vital to the sustainable ethos of the project. As such, DORMA was appointed to supply a comprehensive door package including the ST FLEX Green energy saving automatic sliding doors – specially manufactured in Germany and some of the largest installed in the UK.

Located on the A4 between Maidenhead and Slough, the Bishop Centre is anchored by a 55,000sq ft. Tesco store and features ten additional retailers. Designed by 3D Reid Architects and from developer Land Securities, the Bishop Centre features a high-end structural glazing system, which forms a key part of the external building envelope.

 Consistency of quality and aesthetics was of paramount importance throughout the new development. As such, the team behind the project partnered with DORMA and within the wide range of door solutions selected, a key product was the ST FLEX Green energy saving automatic sliding door.

The door package was installed by architectural glazing contractor Vitrine Systems Ltd, and complemented the Bishop Centre’s extensive Pilkington Planar™ glazed frontage to create a large, expanse of contemporary façade. This was key to establish a bright and welcoming retail unit.

“Large, thermally broken automatic sliding doors would provide more light and a greater feeling of space whilst enhancing the cutting edge aesthetic,” said Tony Williams, Contracts Manager at Vitrine Systems Ltd. “Utilising steel goalposts to support their size, the sleek design of the DORMA ST FLEX Green proved a perfect match to the all-glass facade.”

To meet the performance requirements of the architects’ specification, and with entrances key to achieving energy efficiency, it was also important to select a range of thermally efficient door systems.

The DORMA ST FLEX Green automatic sliding door combines its slender profile and fine frame with outstanding thermal insulation – achieving a very low U-values of 1.4 – 1.8W/m2K to considerably reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions. Designed to closely resemble the company’s standard ST FLEX systems, the ST FLEX Green offers outstanding insulation to meet the thermal requirements of Approved Document L.

The Tesco store located in unit 1, used the DORMA ST Flex Green automatic sliding door to complete the building envelope, whilst the large glass entrance lobby used for additional retail space has two entrance options using DORMA frameless glass automatic sliding doors to maintain the light and airy feel. For the entrances to a coffee shop and wine warehouse, DORMA’s ED250A automatic swing doors were specified to deliver smooth and reliable access into units 10 and 11.

Door packages for retail spaces have to create aesthetically pleasing frontage to welcome potential customers as well as provide a durable solution that can withstand a constant flow of traffic. Adding to this the need to achieve excellent thermal efficiency and for large retail parks it can seem like a challenging specification.

However, for the new Bishop Centre in Buckinghamshire – DORMA provided the ideal solution that met the aesthetic, performance and environmental needs of the project.

For more information please visit www.dorma.com or follow @DORMAUK