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Suppliers of: Aluminium Windows, Sliding Doors, Aluminium Doors, Commercial Doors, Curtain Walling,
Technal has a history in the UK which spans more than 30 years, Technal’s door, window and curtain walling systems have been used to create purpose-designed façades for buildings in sectors as diverse as offices, airports, leisure, schools and higher education, healthcare and residential apartments.
The Technal brand from HYDRO is a pioneering international specialist in architectural aluminium façade systems. Technal has established an unrivalled reputation for innovative and inspirational design solutions and has built up an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects.
Technal has a clear understanding of the requirements of architects, contractors, developers, building occupiers and fabricators, which has enabled it to engineer an innovative, technically advanced and highly flexible product portfolio. Our aluminium building systems including curtain walling, window, door and low rise façade products. Each has been developed to meet specifiers’ requirements for enhanced thermal performance, design flexibility and visual appeal.
MX & MY are complete aluminium curtain walling suites, offering specifiers enhanced thermal performance to meet the most stringent Building Regulations and the widest choice of aesthetic options from a single system.
- MY62 - For those seeking large glass spans with minimal interruptions. This is ideal for new build or refurbishment curtain wall applications that architecturally command maximum natural light and slim sight lines. MY62 can be used on both timber or steel frame structures alike.
- MX VISIBLE GRID - MX Visible Grid is a Versatile Glazing Solutions for Flat or Faceted Façades. MX Visible Grid gives superior load distribution thus allowing the system to hold larger, heavy glazing units.
- MX TRAME - MX Trame has a pioneering design, which uses projecting aerofoil transom caps to add depth to the façade whilst slender face trim gaskets, that are flush with the front face of the infill, soften the corresponding vertical or horizontal sections.
- MX62 - MX62 gives specifiers the option of a 62mm module for the MX Visible Grid vertical façade to allow glazed units in larger sizes to be accommodated, maximising natural light.
MX SSG STRUCTURAL GLAZING - A Striking Flush Glass Façade, MX SSG responds to the increasing demand for structural glazing to create flush glass façades with visibly less aluminium.
MX BG Beaded Glazing - MX Beaded Glazing is a contemporary alternative to conventional façades, which uses an externally beaded frame option to create a ‘picture frame’ appearance.
Technal offers one of the most comprehensive and flexible commercial aluminium window ranges available today. Each system features a variety of safety and security options, achieves outstanding weather resistance and is supplied with a high performance thermal break.
- FY 65 WINDOW - The FY 65 high performance window is Technal’s most innovative window system to date, bringing a host of technical advancements and design features that will enhance almost any fenestration project.
GXI SLIDING WINDOW/BALCONY DOOR - The GXi sliding window and balcony door has been designed with an attention to detail and quality of finish that sets it apart from it’s peers. The system incorporates a wealth of design features and a wide selection of options for comfort, safety, visual appeal and long-term durability, meeting specifiers’ requirements for both function and form.
Technal’s market-leading commercial aluminium doors provide specifiers with flexibility in design, safety and security, combined with excellent weather resistance. Door suites are available in a wide range of configurations including - hinged, pivot, revolving or sliding systems and these are all compatible with Technal’s curtain walling and low rise façade systems.
- PY 55 DOOR - The PY 55 door range offers outstanding thermal performance, levels of security and specification options for high traffic applications.
- CD COMMERCIAL DOORS - The CD Door is a heavy duty door solution for use in busy public places and combines lasting resistance to wear with effective security and protection against vandalism. This is a robust system that is ideal for secondary school applications and entrances to public buildings such as airports, offices and shopping centres.
- STII - Delivering exceptional thermal performance, the new STII Commercial Door System is an aluminium door system suited to high traffic commercial applications. Offering a range of framing options, installations can be tailored to suit most space and sizes up to three metres high. Designed for use with Technal’s aluminium window systems and curtain walling, the STII doors provide an integrated façade solution for your projects where high traffic aluminium doors are essential.
A comprehensive range of support services is available to architects and contractors, which includes technical assistance with design development, through to the preparation of specifications. To help specifiers in the production of faster and more accurate project drawings, CAD files for all the façade systems offered by Technal can be downloaded from the specification section of the Technal website.Technal also responds to individual project needs through more bespoke designs for specific schemes, performance enhancements and new innovations to enhance both new and existing architecture.
For further information on all our products and services, please visit our web site www.technal.co.uk or download our brochures from our BPi library.
TECHNAL GOES RETRO AT THE DOCK OFFICE SALFORD
A residential refurbishment of the iconic 1920s Dock Office in Salford Quays has included a stunning two-storey steel framed structure at roof level, incorporating Technal MX Toggle curtain walling, fabricated by Quest Solutions (UK) Ltd, to all sides to achieve panoramic views across the city. Technal’s FY65 windows were also specified, providing an aesthetic in-keeping with the original art-deco design.
Originally built as offices and a bank by Harry Fairhurst and Son in 1927, the landmark building sits within an area of Salford in Greater Manchester that has been undergoing drastic redevelopment since the 1980s. The re-development by Liveman Properties has converted the Dock Office into a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments, with an additional 14 new duplex apartments constructed on the existing building roof.
DV Architects, Liverpool, specified Technal’s MX Toggle Glazing curtain walling for the steel frame extension and Technal FY65 windows. Architect Billy Hodge commented, “The Dock Office is a local heritage asset and great care has been taken to make sure that the character of the building is not altered.
“Two additional storeys have been added to the height, stepped back from the main façade and designed to have a flush surface with no projecting framing. We wanted the design to be clean and modern so that it contrasts with the older façade - appearing as a simple dark box on top of the crisp white building below.”
Technal’s MX Toggle curtain walling allows for the creation of a flush glass façade, which, in addition, can be either concave or convex. The double-glazed units are fixed to the transom and mullion profiles through a specially designed, thermally broken toggle to allow quick and easy installation.
Billy continued, “Technal FY65 windows and the glazing are also a key feature of the new façade. Timber windows have been replaced with Technal’s FY high performance double glazed aluminium frames in white, which were chosen as they have a similar pattern to the original window design. As the building is listed, the new windows complement the character of the existing white concrete façade, whilst also improving the thermal efficiency of the building.”
The Technal systems were fabricated and installed by Quest Solutions (UK) Ltd who commented, “Quest installed the traditional high performing Technal FY65 window for the lower floors and Technal’s Toggle glazed MX curtain walling system with black ceramic glazing which was used to create the cap-less flush glass façade that protrudes from the roof with visibly less aluminium.”
Technal is part of the Hydro Group, a world leader in aluminium solutions that also encompasses sister brands Sapa and WICONA. Through its globally renowned Hydro Technology Hubs, the group is shaping a sustainable future, with innovative products that satisfy and surpass customer expectations, in line with demands of CSR and increasing environmental regulations.
TECHNAL SPECIFIED FOR NEWCASTLE STUDENT LIVING DEVELOPMENT
Specified for their long-term durability and visual impact advanced aluminium window, curtain walling and door systems, from the Technal brand, have been installed at The Shield, a high-end student accommodation development close to Newcastle city centre on Stoddart Street. Technal is a part of the Hydro Group, a world leader in the building systems sector.
The £18.4m development is located in the east side of Newcastle city centre, a regeneration site previously occupied by light industrial buildings, a brick-built office and a warehouse.
Comprising three blocks of student accommodation extending to seven storeys at Stoddart Street to the East, the scheme steps down to four storeys at Clarence Street to the West.
Designed by Newcastle-based xsitearchitecture, and developed and constructed by BAM, the building features a refined palette of external materials to animate the façade. These include brick, aluminium, bronze coloured cladding and standing seam, in a range of natural colours.
Punctuating the visual mass of the three blocks, Technal’s FY Visible 65mm windows make a significant aesthetic impact. Installed in a vertical configuration to contrast with the cladding’s horizontal line, side hung open out windows were mainly used across the project, with some top hung open out vents also featured – all fitted with stylish standard Technal-exclusive hardware including locking handles and releasable restrictors.
To achieve optimum U-value in this instance, approximately 70% of the windows on the building included spandrel glass, a ceramic toughened glass with foil-backed insulation to surface 4 of the unit. Each configuration was carefully designed to avoid disrupting outward views.
At ground floor level to ensure maximum security, any fixed light or fixed light with vent windows had to be Secured by Design and, as a result, were fitted with security clips. Also, due to their size, some corner windows high up on the building used reinforced mullions.
Explaining why Technal’s FY 65 aluminium window is such a popular choice for student living projects like this, National Specification Manager at Technal, Mark Hargreaves, said: “This is one of Technal’s leading window ranges and offers exceptional security, thermal, acoustic and weather performance. Available in two distinct styles, visible opening and concealed vent, as along with numerous configurations, the range ensures visually consistent window types across a single building.
“Each system provides outstanding thermal performance for example, a 24mm double glazed unit with a typical window size of 1.25m x 1.48m can achieve Uw values as low as 1.3w/m2K.”
Technal’s MX Visible Grid curtain walling system was also specified for this project for its durability and design flexibility. Featured mainly to enhance daylighting in communal spaces, MX Visible Grid has been installed at ground floor level alongside Technal’s PY 55 doors, and at height alongside the FY 65 windows - visually zig zagging on alternate floors to add interest.
The PY 55 doors were specified for their exceptional level of quality and are ideal for high traffic applications, helping to provide excellent security for busy buildings like this one. All of the systems have been finished in a contrasting black powder coating.
One of the reasons the products were used is that they not only create a stunning façade, but are also energy efficient, and met the low U values required of the building. Technal’s products are always specified due to their high quality – the FY 65 windows have zero snags, which is a testament to the robustness of the system.
In walking distance of Northumbria University’s City Campus East and the main Newcastle University Campus, the new accommodation offers a mix of self-contained studio flats and en-suite bedrooms with shared kitchens, housing up to 400 students.
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