Aluminium curtain walling & doors for the University of South Wales

Aluminium curtain walling & doors for the University of South Wales

Architect: Lawray Architects
Contractor: John Weaver
Products: SL52 Curtain Walling, GT55 NI Door System

Aluminium building systems from AluK have been supplied for the new main entrance building at the University of South Wales (previously University of Glamorgan). Specified by Lawray Architects, in collaboration with John Weaver (Contractors), AluK doors and curtain walling systems were installed to create a new focal point for the entrance of the university.

Combining design flexibility with functionality, the SL52 Curtain Walling System in RAL7038 Matt colour was fitted in two areas in the main entrance of Block B, using the mullion drainage method. This system helps to create impressive glass façades that enhance the aesthetics of a building, but also provides the performance required to meet and exceed current standards.

Meanwhile, 13 structurally enhanced aluminium swing door framing systems (GT55 NI) were used for heavy traffic areas where no insulation was required. This system provides the ultimate in security, certified to LPS 1175:SR2 and by 'Secured by Design'; it is one of the most secure swing door systems available on the market.

Lawray Architects required a company that would be able to fulfil the project requirements, not only in terms of the functionality, high quality and aesthetics of the systems supplied, but also in terms of service offering and ethics.

Another key factor for specification was AluK's new collection of BIM components. Chris Evans explains: "The BIM components enable our staff to be able to input the product ranges into our REVIT modelling software. This increases the intelligence levels to the model itself and assists us with items such as thermal modelling, daylight factors and wind load calculations. Having this sort of information to hand reinforces the company’s forward thinking attitude towards product innovation."

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