The challenging design and performance specification of a new GP surgery has posed no problem for AluK's aluminium system and approved fabricator, Midland Window Group (MWG). Avonside Health Centre in Warwick features a striking Anthracite Grey aluminium frame facade, incorporating automatic entrance doors and over 80 windows fitted with grey solar control glass. The building's unusual design also demanded complex angled frames manufactured from AluK's versatile Curtain Walling system to accommodate a glazed lean-to roof.
Aluk's fully integrated range of aluminium systems provided an ideal solution to the project?s exacting specification says MWG Director Manj Sanghera "Aluminium was selected for its durability and for the colour options available. AluK's high performance products were easily able to meet the 1.8w/mK2 U-value set for the new building, and the company's technical assistance and support on site was invaluable."
AluK's Advanced Plus was the first aluminium window suite in the UK market to achieve an 'A' WER (Window Energy Rating) with a double-glazed sealed unit. The window features a state-of-the-art polyamide thermal break and boasts a U-value as low as1.3w/mK2.
AluK and MWG worked closely with the project's main contractor, TS Contracts of Cannock, to complete the new Health Centre, which provides local residents with state-of-the-art primary care facilities from GP consulting rooms to specialist nursing and midwifery services. Using AluK's Advanced Plus 70mm window suite, MWG fabricated and installed 32 tilt and turn and 50 outward opening windows, plus two windows with smoke-release gearing, which enables a wider opening in the event of a fire to increase the passage of air into the room and to let smoke out.
Avonside Health Centre's internally glazed Advanced Plus windows are complemented by aluminium doors from AluK's rebated and weather-rated Commercial range. The automated main entrance doors incorporate a low threshold for easy wheelchair access and egress, while the staff entrance has a set of double doors operated by an electronic access control system.