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:
A new hospital building which provides state-of-the-art patient facilities and a high quality healing environment features structural glazing from Technal to create a flush façade and flood the wards with natural light.
Designed by The Manser Practice, the scheme at Chesterfield Royal Hospital has a T-shaped plan which reinvents the traditional layout of wards to improve efficiency and patient dignity. Each ward has two clusters of patient rooms with windows created from Technal’s MX SSG curtain walling to ensure a high level of natural light and further improve the patient experience.
An award-winning city centre regeneration project in Wakefield is one of the first applications of a new addition to Technal’s MX aluminium curtain walling suite – the MX62 option developed to accommodate larger dimensions and maximise natural light.
Designed by Carey Jones Chapmantolcher, the first phase of the £140m Merchant Gate development is located in the heart of Wakefield’s historic Civic Quarter and has created a vibrant new centre for business, leisure and living. Five high specification buildings and a multi-storey car park feature more than 2,600sqm of Technal’s façade systems, fabricated and installed by Dortech Architectural Systems.
Architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, in partnership with fabricators Quest Solutions, has supplied around 1,500 windows for the new £250m Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield – the UK’s fastest-built large acute inpatient hospital.
The 88,000sqm hospital is part of a £311m PFI project for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, developed by Consort Healthcare – a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Haden Young. It was designed by lead architects BDP.
Façade systems from architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, have helped the University of Leeds to set a new benchmark for student accommodation in the city.
More than 3,000sqm of Technal’s glazing systems for the new Charles Morris Hall were fabricated and installed by Dortech Architectural in a £1m contract and fast-track programme for design and build contractors Morgan Sindall.
The first application of the latest aluminium glazing system from Technal is now under construction. The revolutionary new MODAL low rise façade system has been specified for the Sirius Academy and Ganton Special School in Hull.
Designed by Aedas and under construction by Balfour Beatty Construction, the Hull National Academies Framework project will replace Pickering High School and provide a new site for Ganton Special School.
Architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, has published a new guide to specifying MODAL – the UK’s first low rise façade system to achieve such a high level of security, performance and thermal efficiency as standard.
MODAL uses a highly engineered and innovative modular framing system, which reduces work on site and gives specifiers the widest choice of configuration options currently available in the UK for low rise façades. This provides robust, stylish, secure and high performance glazing for applications such as schools and colleges, healthcare facilities and leisure projects.
Glazing systems from architectural aluminium specialist Technal have been selected by CZWG Architects for Southwark Council’s iconic new library building which is now under construction in Canada Water, London.
Spearheading an ambitious programme of regeneration, Canada Water Library resembles an inverted ‘ziggurat’ – a terraced pyramid of successively receding storeys – that partly overhangs the Canada Water basin.
Two acclaimed buildings featuring aluminium glazing systems from Technal, have won RIBA Awards for architectural excellence.
The Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre designed by Ray Hole Architects has won an RIBA Award in the Public Building category. The scheme has also been shortlisted in this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Building Awards, which will be announced in October.
CitySpace, a flagship sports and leisure facility at the University of Sunderland designed by FaulknerBrowns, has won an RIBA Award in the Retail and Leisure category.
Hydro Building Systems has opened a new and highly sustainable technical centre for the research, development and testing of its Technal brand of aluminium façade products.
The state-of-the-art facilities have already been used to carry out full-scale testing for Technal’s latest innovation – the revolutionary MODAL low rise glazing system which was developed in the UK and was the first product to be tested in the new centre.
Calthorpe House is one of a small number of buildings in the Midlands to achieve a BREEAM (2006) ‘excellent’ rating. This highly sustainable landmark office scheme features the latest curtain walling from architectural aluminium specialists, Technal.
Designed by Webb Gray & Partners for developers Calthorpe Estates, and constructed by BAM, the £40m building is also the first application of a new adaptation of Technal’s MX curtain walling system.
Architectural aluminium systems specialist, Technal, has helped to create a highly distinctive and complex façade for an innovative new campus building at the University of Sunderland, using three variations of its MX curtain walling system.
The CitySpace facility, which has been selected by the ODA as an Olympic and Paralympic training camp for London 2012, has also achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.