Client: Harborne Pool & Leisure Centre, Birmingham
Architects: Saunders Boston Architects, Cambridge.
Fabricator: K2 Aluminium
Main Contractor: Wates Construction
Project Value: £110K
System Used: Comar 5P.i, 6 (Step Cut), & 7P.i
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator K2 Aluminium Systems, recently completed the £12M showcase Harborne Pool & Leisure Centre in Birmingham which has achieved a BREEAM rating of excellent. To achieve this, the building included features such as resourcing sustainable materials, green roofs, water saving measures, solar energy and natural daylight spaces. This state of the art facility is unique in Birmingham as it is the first facility to be operated by a leisure management company on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The new centre includes a 25M, 6 lane, swimming pool, learner pool, community room, group and adult fitness studio and interactive childrens gym.
Comar 6 curtain walling is a versatile thermally efficient system designed to integrate panels and glass of different widths into the façade with special profiles to include opening vents and doors. The design of Comar 6 makes it ideal for complex facetted curtain walls as well as sheer glazed facades. Comar 6 was selected due to its slim 50mm profiles which maximised the glazed area for natural day lighting. Comar 5P.i windows and Comar 7P.i doors were selected. Polyamide Insulated (P.i) window and door systems provide exceptional thermal performance in a market where energy efficient designs and meeting the demands of the latest building regulations are paramount.
In a busy leisure environment, Comar 7 commercial door sets are a natural choice. Not only are they available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding, they have been designed specifically for applications where high traffic solutions are required. For safety, Comar 7 doors were fitted with rounded Anti-finger trap stiles, Axim soft touch Panic Exit Devices and Axim Concealed Transom Closers which were hung directly from Comar 6 and complied with the Disability & Equality Act 2010. All aluminium systems were finished in an 80micron chlorine resistant polyester powder coat.
All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing. K2 Aluminium Systems liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines.