Clearview National December 2017 - Issue 193 - Page 72

ALUMINIUM PVC-U AND ALUMINIUM WORK TOGETHER FOR SPECIAL SCHOOL COLOUR-CODING » » WHEN THE SPECIFICATION FOR A new-build special school called for a colour coding of windows with unusual bespoke reveals and cills, the solution came in a combination of PVC-U windows set in made- to-order aluminium surrounds. Birkenhead-based K2 Aluminium Systems Ltd, despite its name, is also an established PVC-U installer, so was ideally placed to come up with the solution based on pressed aluminium cills and exterior reveals. Palmerston School, Liverpool, is a special school for pupils aged 11 to 19 with multiple learning difficulties, and is now housed in the new-built premises replacing an original building nearby. The windows are colour coded in red, blue, yellow and green to help pupils to navigate around the school and to identify different areas. The work, for main contractor Kier Construction, entailed 55 windows, each with four top-openers, in RAL 7012 Basalt Grey foil of white. The aluminium elements were pressed and powder coated to order for K2 and included an upright panel between each frame and cill to allow additional ventilation space beneath the lower openers. Also in the contract were five glazed doors fabricated in Schueco aluminium. Slimline Aluminium Windows, Delivered Fast » » THE DESIRE FOR aluminium windows is growing. The demand is being led by the colour options and slim frames available with aluminium. It’s an increasingly big part of installers businesses and that’s why Kingfisher Windows offers its super slimline aluminium window in just 10 to 15 days. The Yorkshire trade manufacturer of windows and doors offers fast turnarounds so installers can fit more aluminium projects into their schedule. Designed for residential properties, the aluminium window has clean lines and slim sightlines to brighten any space. “The new super slimline window meets all the demands from homeowners,” says Deborah Beeley, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kingfisher Windows. “The narrow sightlines maximise the glass area to help bring more light into any space. Security is sorted with multipoint locking and hinge protection built in. It achieves PAS 24 accreditation and meets the standards set out by Secured by Design. “With a frame depth of just 68mm, it’s perfect for refurbishment projects as it easily fits into the gap without cutting back the plasterline,” adds Deborah. “With lead times of just 10 to 15 days, we make it easier for installers to fit more jobs into their schedule.” SMART ADDITION WITH NEW ALUMINIUM FLUSH CASEMENT » » G17 FABRICATOR OF THE YEAR Finalists Astraseal are well-known for their ever-expanding product range. Once again, the Wellingborough-based firm has strengthened its diverse offering with the addition of Alitherm 500, the new aluminium flush casement from Smarts. 72 » DEC 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M The Alitherm 500 offers a credible replacement for timber windows, whilst still providing a viable solution for new- build, replacement and even commercial applications. The inherent slim sightlines of aluminium combined with its flush sash and sympathetic dimensions creates a window that is well suited to period properties. As to be expected from the experts at Smarts, the Alitherm 500 is thermally broken to achieve a U Value of 1.4 W/m²k when paired with Astraseal’s ‘A’ rated sealed units. Available in top hung and side hung configurations with optional dummy sashes, the Alitherm 500 can achieve an astonishing maximum sash size of 700mm wide by 1400mm in height. The investment in their product range and facilities has helped to secure the firm’s first nomination for Fabricator of the Year at the G Awards 2017. Their brand-new, Approved Commercial Installer Network also received a nomination for the coveted Customer Care Initiative award.