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Kawneer strikes a global first for responsible sourcing
23 September, 2016
BES 6001 marks Kawneer as the world’s first manufacturer of aluminium architectural products.

Leading UK manufacturer Kawneer has become the first supplier of architectural aluminium products in the world to achieve BES 6001, the framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products.

So ground breaking was this accreditation that the governing body, BRE Global, had to create a category especially for the product group.

Kawneer’s overall assessment of “Good” (certificate number BES 650797) for the sales, design, manufacture and supply of aluminium architectural products was carried out by the BSI and now sets the benchmark for others.

The scheme provides manufacturers with a means by which their products can be independently assessed and certified as being responsibly sourced. The scheme is recognised by the BREEAM family of certification schemes where credits can be awarded for construction products independently certified through BES 6001.

Specifiers benefit from using accredited manufacturers by securing additional BREEAM credits for their buildings, reducing risk down the supply chain and demonstrating corporate reputation and leadership.

Kawneer’s assessment covered three areas – organisational management, supply chain management and environmental and social issues.

Organisational management covered the company’s responsible sourcing policy, legal compliance, and quality management and supplier management systems. Supply chain management covered material traceability, environmental management systems (its top mark) and Health and Safety management systems.

It also scored particularly highly under environmental and social issues, specifically on greenhouse gas emissions, resource use and life cycle assessment but as well as energy management, waste prevention and management, water abstraction, eco-toxicity, transport impacts, employment and skills, local community engagement and business ethics.

Examples of how Kawneer achieved accreditation include a focused site-wide team which has reduced average power consumption by 26.38%, gas consumption by 33% and water intensity usage by 83.77% since 2008.

In addition, in production the Runcorn-based company uses recycled aluminium billets 100% of the time and all of the production waste is recycled back to a smelter to be re-used. Then by having extrusion, paint and thermal break rolling all under one roof, the number of miles products travel in the supply chain is minimised.

Dr Shamir Ghumra, director, Centre for Sustainable Products, BRE, said: “Kawneer is the first aluminium company in the world to achieve certification to the BRE BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing.

“The successful audit by BSI and listing on GreenBookLive means that customers of Kawneer can now have even more confidence with the aluminium products sourced from the company. BES 6001 is recognised in the leading sustainability rating schemes for buildings (BREEAM) and infrastructure (CEEQUAL) which will give designers more reasons to specify Kawneer products.”

Alaister Downie, Kawneer’s environmental health and safety manager at Runcorn, said: “We were being asked by our customers if we were approved so we decided to go for accreditation and were delighted to find we were the first aluminium products company to achieve this standard.

“At Kawneer UK we are conscious of the impacts that our products and their manufacture have on not just our local environment but also globally. I think the accreditation to BES 6001 shows that we as a business are working in an ethical manner and committed to reducing these impacts through responsible sourcing and efficient resource use.”

For further information, please contact: 
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501
“Quality” Kawneer glazing helps with a Cardiff catalyst
9 September, 2016
A building at the heart of Cardiff city centre’s regeneration features Kawneer glazing.

Architectural aluminium systems from Kawneer were specified for a catalyst building for the regeneration of Cardiff city centre for their “quality”.

Two types of Kawneer’s curtain walling – AA®100 capped and zone-drained and AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) mullion-drained as rainscreen cladding – and two types of doors – AA®545 low/medium-duty swing and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors – were specified by Rio Architects for One Central Square – a £20 million Grade A office building with basement car parking and ground-floor café.

The speculative scheme set over eight floors, some of which are cantilevered, was the first phase in a five-year 1millionft² development comprising commercial, retail and residential space in an area of almost an acre between the city’s central railway station and the Principality Stadium. The Kawneer systems were installed by approved sub-contractor Dudley’s Aluminium for main contractor Willmott Dixon.

Driven by Cardiff-based development company Rightacres Property in partnership with the city council, Central Square was masterplanned by Foster + Partners, with One Central Square designed by Rio Architects in response to a brief which asked for 180,000ft² of Grade A office space to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of this part of Cardiff and would achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.

Associate Lee Protheroe said: “We met the brief with the sensible use of building orientation, detailing and exciting materials. The Kawneer elements were significant, forming a large percentage of the contemporary façade treatment, which were specified for their quality. Kawneer is a strong brand that is known throughout the construction industry.”

Built on the site of former office buildings, a major challenge was to demonstrate how the new square and streets around it would handle a major event such as a rugby international, and as such a new direct pedestrian route from the square to the stadium - the Millennium Walkway - was designed to handle 35,000 people exiting the southern gates of the stadium in under 20 minutes.

With public access and open space at its heart, Central Square is also expected to house the new 150,000ft² BBC Wales headquarters, the highest building ever constructed in Wales – a 27-storey, 92-metre high-rise – and a 200-bedroom hotel.

City council leader Cllr Phil Bale said: “Central Square is the key gateway to Cardiff and the wider city region for many potential investors, residents and visitors and so its role in providing a positive image for Cardiff and Wales cannot be underestimated.

“The council has worked closely with Rightacres and its design team to create a masterplan that is reflective of the city’s ambition to be among the most liveable cities in the world.”

For further information, please contact: 
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501
Kawneer systems hail a new future for education in Wales
Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on the new Cardiff and Vale College.

A multi award-winning building dubbed “the future of further education” in Wales features glazed elements by leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer.

The new £45 million Cardiff and Vale College uses Kawneer’s zone-drained AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50 and 65mm sightlines respectively, with AA®541 top-hung casement windows and mullion-drained AA®100 curtain walling as a bespoke atrium rooflight.

The 16,000m² building in the city centre brings together many of the college’s activities onto a single campus and creates a real-life environment for skills training with open and welcoming faculty clusters set around a public route through the heart of the college.

Its distinctive wedge shape connects the interior spaces to south-facing terraces with views towards Cardiff Bay. The oversailing roof is angled to accommodate a 1,850m² photovoltaic array, one of the largest in the UK, and The Classroom – a fine dining sky restaurant located under the northernmost tip with views across the city towards the Millennium Stadium.

The landmark building designed by BDP features 130 teaching rooms including specialist labs, workshops, IT studios and two vast learning and skills centres comprising a conference centre, theatre, gym, Urbasba beauty salon and spa, and shops, all of which are open to the public seven days a week. It is home to 4,000 students studying across 200 different courses with thousands more engaged through the year on short courses, employer training and apprenticeships.

It was officially opened in October 2015 by First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and Minister for Education and Skills Huw Lewis.

The First Minister said: “This is what the future of further education looks like in Wales. This new city centre campus is truly an inspirational building which will give learners in Wales access to a wide-ranging, flexible curriculum in a world-class learning environment.”

The Education Minister added: 'This is yet another example of the Welsh government investing in exceptional education facilities for our learners. Modern and vibrant, this new college is providing a learning environment for the 21st Century. It will inspire its students while benefiting the local community long into the future.”

Believed to have been the largest construction project in Cardiff at the time, the college was built on former industrial land south of the city’s central station by main contractor Willmott Dixon, with the Kawneer elements installed by approved specialist manufacturer and installer AB Glass.

Backed by a £20 million Welsh Government grant, it was formed after the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren as part of the government’s bid to transform post-16 education and training in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Cardiff and Vale College has won two awards to date – a RIBA Regional Award 2016 and a RICS Regional Award (Design through Innovation) 2016.

For further information, please contact:
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44(0)1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0)1928 502501
Kawneer systems help a transport interchange move into the 21st Century
19 August, 2016
Curtain walling, framing and doors by Kawneer feature on Altrincham Interchange.

Architectural glazing systems by Kawneer feature on the £19 million exemplar redevelopment of an integrated public transport interchange.

Kawneer’s AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) mullion-drained curtain walling with toggle fixings and concealed vents has been used on the concourse of Altrincham Interchange in Cheshire, complemented by framing and 10D light/medium duty commercial entrance doors on a replacement link bridge.

The Kawneer systems were specified by architects AHR for client TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) for the redevelopment which was designed to cater better for existing and future passengers in terms of accessibility, safety and security while retaining the valuable heritage of the original facility.

The 19th Century rail station buildings and a substantial proportion of the platform canopy ironwork were retained, enhanced and brought back into use. The urban realm around a listed clock was also designed to showcase this unique piece of architectural heritage.

The scheme included the replacement of a 134-year-old bridge connecting the four rail platforms. A new 45-tonne pre-fabricated steel bridge was lifted into place in a single evening to minimise disruption to the travelling public. This significantly improves accessibility between bus, train and tram services.

The glass and steel structure has become something of a destination in itself, the long, curved façade featuring doors accessing a series of uncomplicated drive in/drive out bus bays.

The bus station is the heart of the new building and this includes the spacious concourse, featuring Kawneer’s curtain walling, which links the bus bays to the historic booking hall and new footbridge to the metro and rail services.

From the outside it is possible to clearly see the red brick and stone façade of the station that was for so long hidden behind rows of bus stop platforms and islands.

The concourse roof featuring 50 solar panels is supported by two rows of steel columns and cantilevered back from the façade towards the historic buildings, while lightweight ETFE rooflights run along its length, enabling daylight to flood down without extensive supporting structure. The rear row of columns stands out from the historic station façade to avoid diluting its aesthetic qualities.

Glass fins are suspended from the back edge of the higher concourse roof, descending to the front edge of the Victorian roof lower down. The roof is finished in standing seam, plastered internally in white to reflect light.

Within the building, a separate brick enclosure houses travel facilities, a baby changing area, toilets and staff offices, and on the first floor, access to plant. A new “Cycle Hub” enables cyclists to securely park their bikes under full cover, with constant CCTV coverage and swipe-card entry.

The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor SG Aluminium whose managing director Peter Taylor said: “Initially the design was for a total glass-bolted system but cost was paramount and Kawneer fitted the bill with the AA®100 SSG giving a similar appearance from the outside.

“The minimum of profiles internally, with slim 50mm sightlines, also kept the architect happy so all parties were happy with the cost and the solution.”

The build was completed in three phases over two years as it took place around a fully working interchange on a fairly constrained site while keeping all three transport modes running. Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of this was the installation of the new footbridge over four platforms.

This was craned into place in two large segments during a single possession or closure of the railway lines. So it had to fit first time, with each section weighing more than 20 tonnes.

During the staffed consultation exhibitions one attendee was heard to say: “People like buildings with character as well as buildings that are fit for purpose.” Altrincham Interchange delivers both aspects in buckets.

For further information, please contact: 
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501
Kawneer helps deliver a pioneering healthcare prognosis
Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Architectural glazing from leading aluminium systems supplier Kawneer features on a multi award-winning building which sets a blueprint for next-generation healthcare.

Two types of Kawneer’s curtain walling – AA®201 unitised (or modular) and AA®110 traditional (or “stick”) system – were used alongside AA®541 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) integrated window vents and AA®720 and series 190 heavy-duty entrance doors on the £167 million Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

The new hospital is ground breaking in multiple ways, from being the greenest hospital in the UK (it is BREEAM “Excellent” rated), through the first in Europe to be built in a park, to the first “cognitive” hospital, harnessing the power of “big data” with the latest in computer technology.

It was officially opened on June 22nd by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, some nine months after the 63,000m² precast concrete building with undulating wildflower meadow green roof and load-bearing façade was handed over following a construction programme of just over two years.

Kawneer’s AA®201 unitised curtain walling was specified especially to help with this aspect of the greenfield project as typically it can be installed in a fraction of the time of traditional or stick curtain walling.

The AA®110 stick system was used to flood with daylight the atrium concourse which forms the hospital’s public hub while the AA®201 unitised system performs the same function for the sides of three open fingers radiating outwards which alternate with gardens, intertwining building and landscape. Both curtain walling systems have nominal sightlines of 65mm and at Alder Hey incorporate red and blue coloured infill panels.

The brief to architects BDP was for a hospital that engenders well-being and raises patients’ and visitors’ spirits by adding to their quality of life, integrating the hospital and park for the therapeutic benefit of children, their families and staff. 

The result is a unique concept, re-casting Alder Hey as the Children’s Health Park and creating a hospital without precedent, utilising the latest thinking on infection control, patient dignity and privacy, segregation of patient, clinical and facilities management flows, and technological advances. 

Rising out of the park with its undulating profile, it makes it an instantly recognisable and a striking and iconic gateway to Liverpool, comprising 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds for patients in intensive care, high dependency and burns, together with 16 digitally-enhanced operating theatres. 

BDP project director Ged Couser said: “It was quite a challenge but I think we have delivered a world-class building. The trust claims it is the greenest hospital in the country, generating 60% of its energy on site through the use of photovoltaics, CHP [Combined Heat and Power) and closed loop ground-source heat pumps.

“The main contractor Laing O’Rourke was keen to have as much unitised glazing as possible to make the programme work but because of the geometry of the build it wasn’t possible to install unitised curtain walling everywhere so we had a mix of that and stick curtain walling.

“We also had a requirement for the sightlines to be as slim as possible and for there to be no difference between the stick and the unitised systems and that is what we achieved with the Kawneer systems and aluminium’s sustainability certainly contributed towards the BREEAM rating.”

Delivered by Kawneer’s special projects team, Alder Hey has already won three awards – RICS North West Building of the Year, RIBA North West Building of the Year and a 2016 RIBA National Award.

The RIBA judges said: “The client and architect have created something special here. Not only is this a complete contrast to the previous Alder Hey building, which still lurks next door as an institutional reminder of how most of us think of hospitals, it offers a new model for the design of children's healthcare facilities far and wide.

“A hugely complex brief and a short delivery timescale were handled superbly well by the design team with an obviously tenacious and astute client team driving forward at every step.

“Despite some compromises, the team had managed to maintain the core strength of vision (the underlying theme was 'if we've seen it before it's not for us') and the building provides a humanising yet professional backdrop to the life-changing dramas that unfold beneath its (undulating) roof every day. The land of remarkable people now have a hospital to match their aspirations and this project demonstrates how architecture can make a difference.”

The above five-minute video on the new Alder Hey features interviews with Ged Couser, the interior designer and a critical care consultant.

For further information, please contact: 
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501
Kawneer systems help to set three precedents
Curtain walling, framing and windows by Kawneer feature on the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Architectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on the only purpose-built arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.

Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained curtain walling and 451PT thermally-broken framing system, both with narrow 50mm sightlines, are complemented by AA®720 HI tilturn windows on the £66+ million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Hotel development.

The exhibition centre, which links to the existing BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena via a 35m sky bridge, incorporates a 216-room four-star Pullman hotel, the group’s first new-build in the UK and its first hotel outside London.

Constructed concurrently over two years on the city’s 18th Century waterfront by ISG to designs by architects Denton Corker Marshall, the exhibition centre hosted its first event in September 2015 and the hotel opened to the public in February 2016.

The 87,000ft² steel frame exhibition centre, which has more than doubled existing capacity at ACC Liverpool, features a Kawneer-glazed public atrium with stunning views across the River Mersey and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

As well as the atrium, it also features food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three equally-sized halls of 2,100m² can be divided by moveable walls, with the centre capable of hosting major international exhibitions, conventions, concerts and sporting events.

The 116,000ft² Pullman Hotel has been cleverly designed as three feature tubes which reduce the overall mass of the building. Here there is extensive Kawneer glazing and a spacious double-height atrium at its lower levels. The nine-storey concrete frame building features a guest gym, with ground floor reception, bar and restaurant plus meeting space located at first floor level.

The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Bennett Architectural Systems for design and build contractor ISG. Director Rob Bennett said the Kawneer systems met four particular requirements – high acoustic performance for the hotel, the site’s extreme environment on the docks, challenging solar gain, and large panes of glass. 

Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, said: “Early stage engagement and excellent levels of collaboration between all project stakeholders have significantly contributed to the successful delivery of these two key note schemes in Liverpool. Innovation has been embedded within the project from day one and there has been a real sense of ownership and passion about the way the entire delivery team has worked together to achieve this great result.”

Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “We are extremely proud to add Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool to our range of venues. The design and flexibility of Exhibition Centre Liverpool presents limitless opportunities and its integration into the arena and convention centre has given us a unique offering. The integrated hotel enhances our campus offering.”

For further information, please contact: 
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501
Kawneer systems help university deliver world-leading research and innovation
12 July, 2016
Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on several buildings at Swansea University’s new Bay Campus.

Architectural aluminium systems by leading supplier Kawneer have played a key part in the design of the facade of what was the largest construction project in South Wales.

Kawneer’s curtain walling, windows and doors feature on several buildings on Swansea University’s £450million Science and Innovation Bay Campus site, one of the few global universities with direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade, which is being delivered by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and University partner St. Modwen.

The project comprised a 1,000,000ft² development in Neath Port Talbot on the exposed shores of Swansea bay, including 465,000ft² of academic space and 1,462 student residences, associated retail space, highway works and on-site infrastructure for the 5,000 students and 1,000 staff.

Designed to BREEAM standards, the Kawneer elements on Phase 1 by main contractor VINCI Construction UK were installed by approved specialist sub-contractors APiC UK and AB Glass.

These include Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines, AA®541 top-hung, open-out casement windows and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doors on the School of Management (pictured), Great Hall and Bay Library buildings. AA®110 mullion-drained curtain walling, with 65mm sightlines, is being installed on the School of Management.

The education element apart, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and AA®541 side-hung, open-out casement windows were also used on the student residences.

In addition, Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling and AA®541 top-hung casement windows were installed on the Institute of Structural Materials (home to Swansea Material Research and Testing Ltd ‘SMART’) and Engineering East (home to Engineering Manufacturing Centre) – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Glyn Parker, associate with frequent Kawneer users Powell Dobson Architects, said the Kawneer systems were key to the weathering and aesthetics of the buildings, with their aluminium make-up contributing to the BREEAM scoring.

He added: “They were a key part of the architectural appreciation, meeting the requirements of the technical brief with pleasing aesthetics. Skilful detailing by the designers ensured the weathering characteristics were achieved."

Typically constructed of steel frame cladding and precast masonry systems, the academic part of the 65-acre campus on the former BP storage and transit site is formed of low-rise, modern-style buildings incorporating teaching space and R&D facilities, the latter in partnership with international and national companies. The student residences are traditionally-styled collegiate blocks arranged in courtyard configurations with fabulous views across the Swansea bay area.

Designed by architects Prophyrious (site master planners and concept architects) with Hopkins, the project is aimed at delivering world-leading research, innovation and education facilities to the city and surrounding community. Development work will continue up to 2020.

St. Modwen is developing the Bay Campus with contractors VINCI Construction UK, Galliford Try and Swansea University’s framework contractor Leadbitter, a Bouygues UK company. Visit

For further information, please contact: 
Jane Ashley
Marketing Executive
Kawneer UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1928 502500
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 502501