SAPA BUILDING SYSTEMS LTD

SEVERN DRIVE
TEWKESBURY
GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL20 8TX

Tel: 01684 853500
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Suppliers of: aluminium windows, aluminium doors, aluminium curtain walling units, aluminium curtain walling systems, aluminium facades, commercial building facades, aluminium glazing systems, aluminium solar protection, blast-proof windows & doors, security windows &

Sapa Building Systems Ltd offers architects and specifiers a wide range of innovative aluminium systems for curtain walling, doors, windows and specialist applications.

Product ranges for:

Domestic & Commercial aluminium windows & Doors. Aluminium curtain walling systems and curtain walling units. Solar control, building facades and Photovoltaic systems.

Building protection systems to include fire, blast and security. Roof Glazing and Atrium construction. Commercial entrance systems, doors, windows and facades. Sliding folding door systems.

Window & Door Systems:

Avantis 95 Window & Door Systems

Avantis 95 combines the highest thermal insulation levels with unparallelled weather performances, which makes it the perfect alu­minium profile system for low energy, passive and sustainable architecture.

Avantis 75

Avantis 75 is a thermally broken three-chamber window and door system, which sets the highest standards of thermal insulation and stability. Avantis 75 is the ideal solution when very high performance and quality are major requirements.

Avantis 75 HV  

Avantis 75 HV is a high performance thermally broken three-chamber window system, which sets the highest standards of thermal insulation and stability. Avantis 75 HV is the ideal solution when very high performance, quality and a slim sightline are major requirements.

Avantis 70  

Avantis 70 is a high performance thermally broken three-chamber system with a building depth of 70 mm. The Avantis 70 largely sur­passes the recent thermal insulation standards and is a comprehensive solution for commercial, residential and industrial projects.

Avantis 70 HV  

A high performance thermally broken 3-chamber hidden vent window and door system that largely surpasses the recent thermal insulation standards and is a comprehensive solution for projects that require the slimmest sightline but higher thermal performance.

Avantis 70 Ligna  

Avantis Ligna is a thermally broken three chamber system with a minimal frame sightline of only 35 mm. The system is designed to meet the increasing demands of buildings with a specific minimal or industrial look. 

Avantis 55  

Avantis 55 is a thermally broken, three-chamber system with a building depth of 55 mm. The system offers a wide range of inward and outward opening possibilities for windows and doors while guaranteeing a very good price-quality level.

The Avantis 55 meets the recent thermal insulation standards and is a comprehensive solution for commercial, residential and industrial projects.  

Plaisance 50 Windows & Door System

Plaisance 50 is a non-thermally broken system for aluminium windows and doors with a 50 mm building depth. The system offers a wide range of inward and outward opening possibilities, available at a very good price-quality level. Plaisance 50 is a comprehensive solution for new build or refurbishment projects. 

Folding/Sliding Door Systems

Artline & Artline XL  

Elegantly bringing the outside inside, the Artline window is art with a purpose - quality, lightness and comfort. Its design implies a conscious effort to create an art object that is both functionally and aesthetically pleasing. Creative both in its design and in its effect on the building and the user, Artline is contempory architecture.

Confort 160  

Confort 160 is a high performance thermally insulated sliding door system, with a user-friendly (lift-) slide action. The system, with an attractive aesthetic line, is durable, stable and remarkably energy efficient. With a maximum vent weight up to 400 kg large glazed areas are easily attainable. 

Confort Smartline  

Confort Smartline is an optimised, high performing, thermally insulatedsliding door with a slim sightline. The system combines this highlyattractive aesthetic line with remarkable energy efficiency. The slidingdoor belongs to an entirely new generation of sliding systems thanks totechnical innovation and well-considered design.

Confort 125  

Confort 125 is a thermally insulated sliding and lift-sliding system that is durable, stable and robust. The system is available in a 1, 2 and 3 rail version, so a 6-leaf sliding door is perfectly feasible. With a maximum vent weight of 240 kg for the sliding and 300 kg for the lift-sliding version, large glazed areas are easily attainable.

Curtain Walling Systems

Stick Curtain Wall Systems

The Curtain Wall is build up with long vertical profiles between the floors of the building. Installation and glazing is usually performed at the jobsite.

Semi Unitised Curtain Wall Systems

Comprises of the Elegance System in semi unitised components.

Unitised Curtain Wall Systems

Unitized curtain walls entail factory fabrication and assembly of panels and may include factory glazing. These completed units are hung on the building structure to form the building enclosure. Unitized curtain wall has the advantages of: speed; lower field installation costs; and quality control within an interior climate controlled environment. 

Integrated Windows

Elegance IT is an outward opening window-system, specifically designed with minimal visual aspect opening vents, for integration with Elegance 52 ST, HL,VL,SX and SGC.

Specialist Curtain Wall Systems

We also offer two systems of specialist and safety curtain walling to provide blast protection and additonal security features.

 

 

These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.

ARCHITECTURAL Glazing Systems .
ARCHITECTURAL Solar Shading Systems .
BALCONY Doors .
BRISE SOLEIL See Also SUN LOUVRES AND SCREENS: .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Facade Cassettes .
CONSERVATORY Roofing Systems .
CONSERVATORY Roofing Systems Aluminium
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Anodised .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Colourcoated .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Passivhaus Certified Passive House Standards
CURTAIN WALLING Architectural Systems .
CURTAIN WALLING Door Units .
CURTAIN WALLING Factory Assembled Unitised
CURTAIN WALLING Glazed .
CURTAIN WALLING Glazed With Integrated LED Lighting
CURTAIN WALLING Inclined Glazing .
CURTAIN WALLING Low Rise Facade Low Rise
CURTAIN WALLING Prefabricated Unitised
CURTAIN WALLING Purpose Made Metal .
CURTAIN WALLING Refurbishment .
CURTAIN WALLING School Refurbishment .
CURTAIN WALLING Unitised .
CURTAIN WALLING Window Units Aluminium .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Anodised .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Anodised BS 3987:1974 .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Blast Resistant .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium BS 1474:1987 .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Curved .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Double Glazed BS 5713:1979 .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Glazed .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Aluminium Thermal Break .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Double Glazed .
CURTAIN WALLING UNITS Glazed .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anodised
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Obscure Glazed
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Powdercoated
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Purpose Made
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Thermal Break
DOORS COMMERCIAL Attack Resistant .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Purpose Made Bespoke
DOORS DOMESTIC Balcony .
DOORS DOMESTIC ALUMINIUM Colourcoated .
DOORS DOMESTIC ALUMINIUM Glazed .
DOORS DOMESTIC ALUMINIUM Insulated .
DOORS DOMESTIC BI-FOLD Concertina Multifold (Folding/Sliding/Stacking) .
DOORS DOMESTIC BI-FOLD Concertina Multifold (Folding/Sliding/Stacking) Aluminium Glazed
DOORS DOMESTIC BI-FOLD Concertina Multifold (Folding/Sliding/Stacking) Glass
DOORS DOMESTIC ENTRANCE Aluminium Glazed .
DOORS DOMESTIC ENTRANCE Aluminium Insulated .
DOORS DOMESTIC ENTRANCE Aluminium PAS 23 and PAS 24 Kitemarked .
DOORS DOMESTIC ENTRANCE Double .
DOORS DOMESTIC METAL . .
DOORS DOMESTIC METAL Colourcoated .
DOORS DOMESTIC METAL Entrance .
DOORSETS Apartments Flats Communal Entrance PAS 23 and PAS 24
DOORSETS Blast Resistant .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anodised
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Colourcoated
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Coloured
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed Blast Resistant
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed Purpose Made
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed RAL Colours
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed Secured by Design Pas 23 and 24
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Polyamide Insulated
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Powdercoated
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Sections
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Anti-Vandal .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Attack Resistant .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Communal Entrance .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Sliding .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Swing Hinged
FACADE PROFILES See Also FACADE SYSTEMS .
FACADE SYSTEMS Aluminium Ground Floor Framing .
FACADE SYSTEMS Aluminium Profile .
FACADE SYSTEMS Aluminium Sections .
FACADE SYSTEMS Cassettes .
FACADE SYSTEMS Components Architectural Aluminium Sections
FACADE SYSTEMS Insulated Aluminium .
FACADE SYSTEMS Prefabricated Elements .
FACADE SYSTEMS Structural Glazing .
FACADE SYSTEMS Unitised Systems .
FACADE SYSTEMS Window Systems .
FACADES Aluminium .
FACADES Aluminium Colourcoated
FACADES Aluminium Glazed
FACADES Architectural Insulated Panels .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Aluminium Glazed .
FIRE RESISTANT DOORS . See Also FIRE CHECK DOORS:
FRENCH CASEMENT DOORS Domestic .
FRENCH CASEMENT DOORS Domestic Aluminium
FRENCH CASEMENT DOORS Domestic Aluminium Open Out
FRENCH CASEMENT DOORS Domestic Multipoint Locking
GLAZED ROOF STRUCTURES Aluminium Sections .
GLAZING Systems .
GLAZING Systems Aluminium
GLAZING Systems Aluminium Framed
GLAZING Systems Aluminium Framed Curved
LOUVRES AND SCREENS Solar Control .See Also SUN LOUVRES AND SCREENS:
PANIC PUSHBARS EN 1125: 2008 CE Marked
PANIC PUSHBARS Touchbars .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC . .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Aluminium .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Aluminium Colourcoated .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Aluminium Frame .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Aluminium Glazed .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Aluminium Multi-Point Locking Systems .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Bi-Folding Bifold (Folding/Sliding) .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Colourcoated .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Glazing: Double .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Lift and Slide .
PATIO DOORS SLIDING DOMESTIC Ventilated .
PROFILES Aluminium .
ROOF GLAZING SYSTEMS . .
ROOF GLAZING SYSTEMS Aluminium .
SCREENS Aluminium Glazed Fire Resistant
SECONDARY GLAZING UNITS Aluminium .
SECONDARY GLAZING UNITS Aluminium Colourcoated
SECONDARY GLAZING UNITS Purpose Made .
SHOP FRONTS Aluminium .
SHOP FRONTS Architectural Components .
SLIDING DOORS Aluminium .
SLIDING DOORS Aluminium Passivhaus Certified Passive House Standards
SLIDING DOORS Commercial .
SLIDING DOORS Commercial Entrance .
SLIDING DOORS Glazed Double Glazed
SLIDING DOORS Glazed Aluminium .
SLIDING DOORS Glazed Steel .
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS Building Integrated .
SOLAR PANELS Facade Installation .
SOLAR PANELS PV (Photovoltaic) Modules .
SOLAR PANELS PV (Photovoltaic) Modules Building Integrated Modules (BIPV)
SOLAR PANELS PV (Photovoltaic) Modules Building Integrated Modules (BIPV) Purpose Made
SOLAR PANELS PV (Photovoltaic) Modules FiT (Feed in Tariff)
SOLAR PANELS PV (Photovoltaic) Modules Purpose Made
SOLAR SCREENING .
SOLAR SHADING SYSTEMS Curtain Walling .
SOLAR SHADING SYSTEMS Sun Louvres .See Also SUN LOUVRES AND SCREENS:
STRUCTURAL Glazing .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Aluminium .
STRUCTURAL SECTIONS Aluminium Sections .
SUN LOUVRES AND SCREENS Aluminium .
WINDOW PROFILES Aluminium .
WINDOW SECTIONS Aluminium .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anodised
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anodised BS 1615:1987
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anodised BS 3987:1974
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anti-Ligature Hardware Incorporated
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium BS 4873 Kitemarked
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium BS 7950
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium BS 7950 Kitemarked
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Factory Glazed Unitised
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Pivot
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Polyamide Thermal Bridge
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Powdercoated BS 6496:1984
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Powdercoated Colour
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Purpose Made Bespoke
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Secured by Design
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Thermal Break
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Tilt and Turn
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL BS 6375 Parts 1 and 2 .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems Italian Sash Projected Top Hung Projecting Top Hung
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Fixed Light .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Horizontal Sliding .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Inward Opening .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Reversible Fully Reversible
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Security .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Top Hung .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Vertical Sliding .
WINDOWS: METAL MISCELLANEOUS Blast Resistant .
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium .
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Anodised
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Balcony Enclosure
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium BS 4873 Kitemarked
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium BS 6375
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium BS 6510
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Casement
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Curved Thermal Break
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Double Glazed Units
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Drained and Ventilated
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Dual Colour
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Inward Opening
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Pivot
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Powder Coated
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Powder Coated BS 6496:1984
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Radius Corners Thermal Break Thermally Broken
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Sliding
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Special Sizes
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Thermal Break Thermally Broken
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Tilt and Turn
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Timber Frame
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Two-Tone Colour
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Weatherstripped BS 4255
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Steel Fixed Lights
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Steel Top Hung
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Tilt and Turn .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Anodised
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Bay
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium BS 5368
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium BS 6375:Part 1
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium BS 7412
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium BS 7950
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium BS 7950 Kitemarked
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Casement
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Colourcoated
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Direct Fixed
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Dual Colour
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Factory Glazed Unitised
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Frame Fixed
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Passivhaus Certified Passive House Standards
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Pivot
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Polyamide Insulated
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Powder Coated
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Replacement
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Secured by Design
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Security BS 7950
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Sliding
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Thermal Break
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Tilt and Turn
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Timber Subframe
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Top Hung
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Top-Swing Reversible
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium WER (Window Energy Rating) Class A
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium WER (Window Energy Rating) Class C
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Blast Resistant .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD BS 4873 .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD BS 4873 Kitemarked .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Fixed Lights .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Reversible .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Tilt and Turn .
WINDOWS: MISCELLANEOUS Healthcare Facilities .
WINDOWS: MISCELLANEOUS Hospital .
ARTLINE Aluminium Sliding Doors
AVANTIS 95 Aluminium Windows
CONFORT Patio Doors
CROWN Aluminium Windows
CROWN 98 Aluminium Door Systems
DUALFOLD Folding Sliding Doors
DUALFRAME Aluminium Windows & Doors
DUALFRAME Roof Glazing Systems
DUALSLIDE Aluminium Sliding Windows
ECO CLIP Solar Control Systems
ELEGANCE Solar Control Systems
ELEGANCE Aluminium Curtain Walling
GLOSTAL Entrance Doors and Ground Floor Framing
GRIDFRAME Solar Control Systems
GRIDFRAME Aluminium Curtain Walling
HAWK Aluminium Entrance Doors
MONAFRAME Aluminium Windows & Doors
MONALOCK Multipoint Locks
MONARCH Aluminium Windows & Doors
NRGY 62 Curtain Walling Systems
POWERFRAME Blast Resistant Curtain Walling
POWERFRAME Blast Resistant Doors and Windows
POWERFRAME Protection System
PROFRAME Sliding Door Systems
SECUR Fire Resistant Windows/Screening
SECUR Fire Resistant Doors
SECUR II Fire Resistant Screens and Doors
STORMFORCE Aluminium Entrance Doors
STORMFRAME Entrance Doors and Ground Floor Framing
WINDOW WALL Aluminium Facades
WINDOW WALL Aluminium Window Systems

New Sapa sliding door meets demand for transitional living

February 2019

Driven by the trend for transitional indoor-outdoor living, aluminium systems specialist Sapa has launched its high-end sliding door – the C160S. Belonging to an entirely new generation of sliding systems, this energy efficient door combines a great aesthetic with high thermal performance - ideal for urban apartments and traditional homes alike.

Achieve better energy efficiency

Reflecting increasing product performance requirements within building regulations, the C160S delivers the thermal values required for tomorrow’s residential needs, today. Energy performance is designed into the heart of the lift and slide door system coupling profiles with 50mm glass fibre reinforced polyamide strips to reduce thermal conduction. Further improvements to thermal performance, if required, can be achieved by the use of customised thermal barrier elements within the profile cavities of the door and frame.

Frame exceptional views with large glass panels

The improved thermal performance does not compromise the system’s strength. Capable of glazing areas up to 2.8m high, its range of track configurations provide multiple opening and fixed glaze options. Acoustic needs are also well catered for with glazing depths of up to 53mm making it ideally suited for environments where external noise might be problematic. Utilising stainless steel rails and polyamide rollers ensures the lift and slide system provides a light touch and ease of operation on even the largest of doors.

Integrate interior and exterior design effortlessly

Design and style within residential apartments and houses play a key role. The C160S design allows for dual colour options meaning exterior building requirements need not affect interior design choices. With over 400 powder coated paint colours available in matt, gloss or satin and an optional anodised finish, accessories can also be supplied in corresponding colours to match the profiles for a coordinated look.

Designed with attention to detail

Real attention has been paid to both finishing details and building integration; for example, integration of the frame into the building structure renders the outer frame near invisible, maximising the available light while allowing a flush finish to the internal floor. Where such integration is not possible a range of standard and low threshold options are available. The C160S also features an ingenious reverse locking principle, with elegant locking plates on the frame side, eliminating unattractive and protruding locking bolts whilst protecting the operator from risk of snagging.

Excellent weather performance

Featuring integrated sealing with two levels of drainage for efficient water evacuation and EPDM gaskets throughout the lift-slide door ensures water and draft free closure, whatever it faces.

Dependent upon configuration, the C160S achieves impressive weather performance; 600 Pa for air permeability (EN 12207), 900 Pa for water tightness (EN 12208) and 1800Pa for wind resistance (EN 12210).

Commenting on the launch of the new door system, Sapa’s Market Manager James Wilson said: “Trends in increased daylighting require larger glass sizes and weights; however, when these are applied to sliding doors the system strength and ease of operation are critical. Our C160S offers specifiers and homeowners a highly attractive aesthetic line, exceptional performance and remarkable ease of use. Recent C160S developments means we are now ideally placed to advise on optimised large sliding glazed solutions and we would urge customers to contact us for any specification support required.”

Sapa package picked for new Cambridgeshire community school

February 2019

Aluminium curtain walling and windows from the range at Sapa have been used in constructing a stylish new school in Cambridgeshire as a result of the manufacturer’s national supply chain agreement with Kier, and the main contractor’s past experience of working with the fabricator.

Godmanchester Bridge Academy, which was completed in time for the start of the current academic year, provides space for 420 children up to the age of 11, plus 52 pre-school places. The project was sponsored by the Godmanchester Community Education Trust to help serve a new housing development in the area, while the facilities will also be used for adult learning in the evenings.

Described as a response to the site’s location and topography as well as local education needs, the project team has made expressive use of Sapa’s E52 and DF75 Si windows in bringing natural light and ventilation to the occupied spaces, as well as security and architectural expression.

E52 ST curtain walling is an externally capped, thermally broken curtain wall system that offers many design options through the use of different mullions and cover caps. It can deliver very good energy and acoustic performance as well as the aesthetic appearance to suit different property types from residential and retail to education or commercial.

In this instance, the E52 curtain wall system was chosen from Kier’s approved list by Nottingham based Acorn Aluminium as the most cost effective and adaptable option, to meet the technical specifications and design aspirations of project architects: Woods Hardwick. This included incorporating striking glass spandrel panels – in vibrant red, yellow and other colours – alongside the vision areas to windows around the two-storey structure.

The high spec double-glazing also incorporates Sun Guard SN 70 37 glass to offer an excellent G value, as well as a U-Value of 1.6 W/m2K. The frames are finished in RAL 7012 matt grey.

The Project Architect, Mark Newstead commented: “Owing to the level constraints on the site meaning some of the building is part buried, it was key to the design that the school benefits as much as possible from natural daylight, the fully glazed façade to the classrooms, which have direct access to an external play area, are broken up with vertical coloured bands which relate to the internal colour scheme of the different year-group classrooms - which aid wayfinding as well as providing a playful design statement befitting a primary school.

“Through close liaison with the contractor and Acorn, we have provided a striking, fit for purpose façade solution. The large double storey spaces to the school, such as the school halls and the school library/IT suite, are areas which will be used by the wider community; and the large areas of glazing flood the spaces with natural light and provide natural ventilation. We would have no hesitation in working with Acorn Aluminium and the Sapa system again”.

The Senior Estimator for Acorn Aluminium, Paul Stevens, added: “We do a lot of work in the education sector – as well as retail and commercial – with our £275K contract for this job being won on the basis of our past track record with Kier, as well as the Sapa systems being part of Kier’s supply chain agreement. We actually chose to use E52 and the DF75 Si windows due to our confidence in the products’ performance. In addition to the DF75 Si windows being inset within the E52 curtain wall, we also supplied and installed a number of individual windows around the buildings.

“This was a very successful project where we got very good design and logistical support from Sapa: helping us to work together with Woods Hardwick as the architect and Kier.”

The Project Manager for Kier, Lee Collins, summed up saying: “The project has gone very well, including the supply and installation of the windows by Acorn Aluminium, which came about under our national supply chain agreement. Everyone is extremely pleased with the outcome.”


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