Clearview North Feb 2013 - Issue 135 - Page 55

INDUSTRYNEWS Fundraising with Finesse Window fabricator and Kenrick customer Finesse Windows recently raised more than £2,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at a fund-raising event supported by Kenrick. Midlands-based Finesse, a Kenrick customer for more than 15 years, held the event at its purpose built showroom to raise money for the charity. The event was organised by Finesse MD Russell Bridge, to raise money for the charity in memory of his father Dave who passed away five years ago. Russell said: “The charity is close to our hearts and I am delighted that this event was such a success. So many people from the window industry gave very generously and I’d like to thank them for their contribution in helping to fight this awful disease.” Finesse and Kenrick worked closely together to develop a bespoke version of Kenrick’s Excalibur multi-point locking system which benefits from purposedesigned shootbolt locking bars to provide six locking points and a robust central gearbox. ‘The charity is close to our hearts and I am delighted that this event was such a success’ Kawneer does the business at Brunel The entire range of architectural aluminium systems from Kawneer features on the new £32million flagship entrance to Brunel University. The sup plier’s AA®100 curtain walling was used as a mullion-drained picture-frame system at either end of the atrium and the main entrance as well as the stair cores; while the same system, but capped, was used as rooflights either side of the top of the atrium. The curtain walling was complemented by AA®541 top-hung casement windows, and series 190 heavy-duty and 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors and AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors.The striking Eastern Gateway Building is now home to the previously disparate elements of Brunel’s Business School for 2,000 students but also features an art gallery and café as part of its additional role as the main entrance/reception to the university campus in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Initially designed by YRM Architects, it was taken from detailed design stage by Architeknic Architects as architects for the main contractor. The 7,000m² building over four floors was built over 20 months. Business leaders warn Cameron on EU David Cameron’s plans to re-negotiate Britain’s European Union membership are doomed to failure and could hurt the British economy, business leaders have warned. The heads of some of Britain’s biggest companies – including BT and Virgin – have signed an open letter saying that attempting a major change in Britain’s relationship with the EU could “create damaging uncertainty” and put off investment in the UK. The Prime Minister will later this month make a major speech about Britain’s future in the European Union, outlining plans to seek a “new settlement” that could then be put the British people in a referendum. Conservatives are pushing for Britain’s membership of the EU to be slimmed down, with many now calling for a return to a simplified “common market” agreement. If such an agreement is now possible, they say, Britain should leave altogether. Mr Cameron has said he does not want the UK to leave the EU, something he has said would not be in Britain’s best interests. But business leaders say that Mr Cameron should stick to negotiating for targeted changes on regulations affecting industries such as energy and telecoms. Both the US and Ireland have made clear their concerns about Britain potentially leaving the EU. Obama official Philip Gordon on a visit to London called for “a strong UK voice in a strong EU”; and Irish PM Enda Kenny says a UK exit would be “disastrous for our country”. To read more, visit FEB 2013 55