Collingwood College, Surrey

Collingwood College, Surrey

Architects: Mouchel
Fabricator: Alimatic Ltd
Main contractor: Apollo Construction
Type of works: supply and installation of Comar 5P.i windows, Comar 6 curtain walling and Comar 7 doors.

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems and its approved fabricator Alimatic Ltd, have recently completed a full refurbishment project to provide a whole new building envelope to Collingwood College, Camberley, Surrey. The design brief was for the façade to be modern, clean and contemporary whilst complementing the school colour. The College and the Local Authority are extremely happy with the end result and are now planning the refurbishment of an adjacent school. Intensive consultations took place as the brief for this project required Alimatic to specially design many elements, including the corner panels to ensure the smooth installation.

For the sleek modern façade, Comar 6 curtain walling was specified. 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 offers a slim 50mm sight line with a multitude of transoms and mullions to cater for all deflection loads and grid centres.

For the opening vents, Comar 5P.i. thermally efficient polyamide insulated aluminium windows were installed offering outstanding weather performance and low U-values. Comar 5P.i is a 60mm window system that reduces heat loss through the trademark P.i thermal break ensuring low U-values, so energy bills are minimised. Comar 5P.i is available in a variety of configurations and can be manufactured into casement, tilt and turn, pivot, top swing and sliding windows. The windows installed at the College were top hung/fixed light composites.

In a busy educational 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 educational applications where high traffic solutions are required. For safety, the Comar 7 swing doors were fitted with anti-finger trap stiles, Axim soft touch panic exit device and Axim concealed transom closers which were hung directly from the Comar 6 frame. All aluminium systems were finished in Hipca White RAL 9910 (semi gloss) polyester powder coat.

All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing. Comar Architectural Advisors and Alimatic Ltd liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice, which ensured the project conformed to planning requirements, ran smoothly and met site deadlines.

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