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Hydro and Orkla to combine aluminium extrusion businesses

Orkla ASA and Norsk Hydro ASA have agreed to combine the aluminium extrusion business of Sapa and Hydro’s Extruded Products, creating a world leading supplier of extruded aluminium solutions. The company will be a 50/50 joint venture owned by Orkla and Hydro, and called Sapa, with its headquarters in Oslo.

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Slough Bus Station - A Dramatic Symbol of Urban Regeneration

Curtain walling from architectural aluminium system specialists, Technal, has helped to create a highly visible new gateway and transport hub for the Berkshire town of Slough.

Designed by Bblur Architecture and built by McLaren Construction, Slough Bus Station is a bold new transport interchange that links the railway station and bus passengers to the town centre, replacing its infamous Brunel-designed bus station. It provides safe, enjoyable and efficient facilities and a new route into the main shopping areas, joining the north and south of the town which had long been separated by the A4 trunk road.

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Technal’s Low Rise Glazing System is now Patented

The new MODAL low rise façade system from architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, has received a European patent for its innovative and technically advanced design.

MODAL uses a completely unique modular framing system which gives specifiers the widest choice of configuration options currently available for low rise façades. It also radically reduces work on site – the framing modules are fully fabricated and assembled in the factory for better quality control, rapid installation and on-site glazing.

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Technal Curtain Walling for Spectacular New Leisure Complex in France

A new sustainable leisure complex in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France is showcasing a range of façade options created using Technal’s Geode-MX aluminium curtain walling suite.

The Balneoludique de Gruissan swimming pool and spa complex is a 2,000sqm scheme located in a spectacular marine environment.  The new facility is designed by architects Chabanne & Partners to blend into the surrounding beach and pine forest and to offer protection from the prevailing north east winds.  It has created a series of intimate leisure spaces for the building users split into three zones – sport, relaxation and wellness.

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Technal Announces New Thermal Performance Data for Casement Window System - Exceeding Building Regulations Requirements

Architectural aluminium systems specialist, Technal, has announced new thermal performance data for its FXi65 casement window system, which exceed Building Regulations requirements.

The new figures demonstrate that even with a 24mm double glazed unit, a Uw value of 1.4w/m²K can be achieved. This is significantly below Building Regulations requirements but is a specification often requested by architects and contractors.

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A £48m Education Scheme in Hull is the first Academy to use Technal's Revolutionary new Low Rise Façade System

Sirius and Ganton Academy is a dynamic 21st century learning environment created to accommodate state-of-the-art facilities in Hull. It is also the UK’s first academy to be constructed using Technal’s revolutionary low rise glazing system.

Designed by Aedas and built by Balfour Beatty Construction, this Hull National Academies Framework project has replaced Pickering High School and Ganton Special School.

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Technal Launches Brise Soleil Sun Shading System in the UK

Architectural aluminium façade specialist, Technal, has launched its new brise soleil sun shading system in the UK, which provides highly efficient solar control and the highest standards of architectural aesthetics.

Already used extensively internationally, the Suneal system is a multi-functional addition to the façade which will protect occupants from glare from the sun, control solar gain, optimise natural light and enhance any building envelope with its stylish appearance and visual appeal.

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Technal Curtain Walling for Iconic Canada Water 'Super Library'

Façade systems from architectural aluminium specialist, Technal, have been specified by CZWG Architects for Southwark Council’s iconic new ‘super library’ which has now been completed in Canada Water, London.

Spearheading an ambitious programme of regeneration, Canada Water Library resembles an inverted terraced pyramid of successively receding storeys that partly overhang the Canada Water basin.

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Technal's new Low Rise Façade System used for Inspirational Special School in Hampshire

One of the first applications of the latest aluminium glazing system from Technal is a visionary new primary school in Hampshire for children with learning difficulties.  The revolutionary MODAL low rise façade system was specified for Forest Park School near Southampton.

Designed by Hampshire County Council’s in-house architects and constructed by Morgan Sindall in a £8.9m contract, the new building has created an inspirational, child-centred facility which is set to transform special school provision in Hampshire.

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Faceted Curtain Walling and more than 4,000 Aluminium Windows from Technal for New World Class College in Hartlepool

The new £53m Hartlepool College of Further Education features extensive use of architectural aluminium façade systems from Technal.

Designed by Bond Bryan Architects and built by Miller Construction, the new state-of-the-art campus brings world class education and training facilities together in an iconic building and is set to make a significant impact on the town of Hartlepool, on both its economy and the local community.

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Technal Façade Concept Wins International Award for Design

Architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, has won an international award for innovation and design for its latest façade concept.

The Batimat Design Awards are held every two years as part of the international construction exhibition and conference in Paris.  The awards recognise manufacturers who have launched innovative building products developed in conjunction with in-house or external designers.

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Greenwashing: Is this a Potential Credibility Issue for Aluminium?

“A producer promoting recycled content above 90 per cent is 'greenwashing' its metal”, according to Hydro's Roland Scharf-Bergmann who issued a warning in a speech at the Metal Bulletin conference in Istanbul.

In recent years, attention to global warming has led consumers and policymakers to demand more information about recyclability measurements in products made from aluminium.

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Technal Launches New Façade Products and Design Concepts at Batimat 2011

Architectural aluminium façade specialist, Technal, has launched a series of new curtain walling, window and door products at Batimat 2011 in Paris.  It also presented some innovative new concepts which look to the future of façade design.

This year the Technal stand at the international construction exhibition was designed by the leading French architect, Nicolas Michelin and had a number of key themes:

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