TECHNAL LTD

Hydro Building Systems UK Ltd
Severn Drive
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire GL20 8SF

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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.

Curtain Walling:

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.

     

Windows:

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.

 

Doors:

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.

 

Technical Support for Architects and Contractors 

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.

 

ARCHITECTURAL Glazing Systems .
BALCONY Doors .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Facade Cassettes .
CONSERVATORY ROOFS Roofing Systems .
CONSERVATORY ROOFS Roofing Systems Aluminium
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Anodised .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Colourcoated .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Passivhaus Certified Passive House Standards
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium Polyester Powder Coated .
CURTAIN WALLING Architectural Systems .
CURTAIN WALLING BS EN 13830 .
CURTAIN WALLING Burglar Resisting Bullet Resisting
CURTAIN WALLING Door Units .
CURTAIN WALLING Dry Glazing System .
CURTAIN WALLING Factory Assembled Unitised
CURTAIN WALLING Fire Protection .
CURTAIN WALLING Fire Resistant DIN EN 1634 E30
CURTAIN WALLING Fire Resistant DIN EN 1634 E60
CURTAIN WALLING Glazed .
CURTAIN WALLING Glazed With Integrated LED Lighting
CURTAIN WALLING Inclined Glazing .
CURTAIN WALLING Low Rise Facade Low Rise
CURTAIN WALLING Passive House Certified .
CURTAIN WALLING Prefabricated Unitised
CURTAIN WALLING Purpose Made Metal .
CURTAIN WALLING Refurbishment .
CURTAIN WALLING School Refurbishment .
CURTAIN WALLING Seismic Test Compliant AAMA 501.4
CURTAIN WALLING Site Assembled (Stick) .
CURTAIN WALLING Stick .
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 .
DOOR FRAMES French Doors .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Anodised
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Double
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Folding Glazed
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed Secured by Design Pas 23 and 24
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 Automatic .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Balcony Sliding
DOORS COMMERCIAL Bullet Resistant .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Bullet Resistant Ballistic Security BS EN 1522 FB4 Level 4
DOORS COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant DIN V ENV 1627 .
DOORS COMMERCIAL DDA Compliant Threshold .
DOORS COMMERCIAL EN 14351-1:2006 A1:2010 .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Entrance .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Folding .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Glass .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Glass Frameless Hinged Doors
DOORS COMMERCIAL Purpose Made Bespoke
DOORS COMMERCIAL Revolving Manual Circular
DOORS COMMERCIAL Security .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Wheelchair Access .
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 .
EMERGENCY EXIT DOORS Panic Exits Door and Hardware
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 Burglar Resistant DIN V ENV 1627 .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Communal Entrance .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Disabled Access .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Escape Route Fire Escape
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Revolving .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Security .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Sliding .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Sliding/Folding .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Swing Hinged
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Toughened Glass: BS 6262
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 Earthquake Protection Requirement
FACADES Architectural Insulated Panels Passive House Performance
FACADES Burglar Resistant EN 1627
FACADES Fire Resistant .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Aluminium Glazed .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire EI30
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire EI60
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire FD30
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire FD60
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare Entrance Doors
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare Fire Resistant Resistance
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare Glazed
FRENCH CASEMENT DOORS Commercial Open In Open out Barrier Free
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
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 Aluminium Secured by Design .
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 Purpose Made .
SHOP FRONTS Aluminium .
SHOP FRONTS Architectural Components .
SKYLIGHT Windows .
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 Frame .
STRUCTURAL Glazing .
STRUCTURAL Glazing Sealant Systems
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Aluminium .
STRUCTURAL SECTIONS Aluminium Sections .
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 Concealed Sash Sashes
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Double Casement
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Factory Glazed Unitised
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Insulated
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Insulated Profiles
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Integrated Sashes Integration Sashes
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Outward Opening Italian
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 Slide
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Tilt and Turn
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL BS 6375 Parts 1 and 2 .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Bullet Resistant Anti-Ballistic .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant BS V EN 1627
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant Class WK3
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant EN 1627-30 RC2
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant PAS 24
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL DIN 14351 .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems Aluminium
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems Italian Sash Projected Top Hung Projecting Top Hung
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Fixed Light .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Horizontal Pivot .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Inward Opening .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Outward Opening Italian
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Reversible Fully Reversible
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Security .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Security Thermally Broken Aluminium Profiles
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Side Hung .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Top Hung .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Vertical Pivot .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Vertical Sliding .
WINDOWS: METAL MISCELLANEOUS Assemblies .
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 PAS 24
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 Secured by Design
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 Two-Tone Colour
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Weatherstripped BS 4255
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Steel Top Hung
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Tilt and Turn .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Aluminium Anodised
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 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 Casement .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Fixed Lights .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Pivoted: .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Reversible .
WINDOWS: METAL STANDARD Tilt and Turn .
WINDOWS: MISCELLANEOUS Balcony Enclosure .
WINDOWS: MISCELLANEOUS Healthcare Facilities .
WINDOWS: MISCELLANEOUS Hospital .
CD Commercial Doors
CONFORT Sliding Doors
CROWN Steel Windows & Doors
CROWN FLUSH Casement Windows
DF 75 SI Aluminium Window Systems
DUALFRAME Aluminium Windows & Doors
ELEGANCE Curtain Walling Systems
FY 65 Aluminium Windows
GXI Sliding Doors
MINERGIE Insulation Certification
MX Curtain Walling
MY Curtain Walling
PY 55 Aluminium Doors
SOLTIS FT 381 Serge Ferrari
SPINAL Curtain Walling Systems
STII Aluminium Doors
STORMFRAME Entrance Doors and Ground Floor Framing
TRUE DUAL COLOUR Window Frame Colours

TECHNAL GOES RETRO AT THE DOCK OFFICE SALFORD

July 2019

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

July 2019

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US ON TEL: 01924 232323 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.TECHNAL.CO.UK.

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