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ALUMINIUM PYRAMID OPENS DEDICATED ALUMINIUM CENTRE


Pyramid Profiles the long-standing Midlands-based fabricator, recently opened a dedicated showroom and training centre for aluminium products, to enable its customers to see products in situ to help them in providing a better service to the retail market.


Danny Hague, National Sales Manager at Pyramid said:


“As we are based in the Midlands we are easily accessible to our customers should they wish to bring their own retail or trade customers along to show them our aluminium range, which includes both Beaufort and Universal Systems.


“We do not install any products, which makes this initiative an unusual one; however, with aluminium making such a rapid comeback it was evident that in the retail market – especially where consumers are considering making substantial investments such as bi-folding doors for example – that there should be an opportunity to see products for themselves in a showroom environment.


“We recognised that there is a lack of


coverage of aluminium products in double glazing showrooms and are investing accordingly.


‘we are easily accessible’


Te annual CAB Tectonics Prize was awarded to Andrew Tindale at a recent prizegiving for the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, University of Nottingham.


Andrew won his prize for his thesis project ‘(By) Product Landscape’ and was presented with his certificate and cash award by CAB Chief Executive, Justin Ratcliffe, in front of more than 400 students who packed the stunning Nottingham Contemporary, a fitting venue


for a celebration of design excellence.


Tectonics is the art and science of construction within architecture. Andrew’s thesis explored the current relationship between humankind and landscape at Topley Pike Quarry in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. It proposed that this post-industrial, manufactured landscape’s legacy may be preserved as a trace after quarrying had finished. Te prize was won for the excellence of understanding of the scale of


“Te new showroom will also act as a training centre to enable installers to refresh their skills on the installation of aluminium products; our in-house manufacturing team will take them through the installation process so that they can become quicker and more efficient on site.


“Tis is one of the ways in which we continually look at helping our customers in gaining sales and offering a more professional service,” he added.


Tel: 01543 454242 Email: enquiries@pyramid-profiles.co.uk Visit: www.pyramid-profiles.co.uk


ANDREW WINS ANNUAL CAB TECTONICS PRIZE


this post-industrial landscape and the invention of a process for making briquettes out of moss grown on the site.


CAB has had a long association with Architectural Awards and is dedicated to supporting the architects of the future. Indeed a number of young architects were involved in winning entries in the Aluminium in Renovation Awards organised and promoted by CAB in recent years.


CAB also has developed


excellent ties with the University’s Department of


Architecture and is currently undertaking a case study project with Professor Michael Stacey, Chair in Architecture, on aluminium and durability which aims to better understand aluminium’s life expectancy. Te condition of the installation(s) and how they have weathered and worn will be an important part of the project.


KAWNEER SYSTEMS HELP SEAFORTH’S NEW VISION Curtain walling and windows from Kawneer are featuring on the facelift of three tower blocks.


Work is drawing to a close on the re- cladding in Kawneer curtain walling of the first of three residential tower blocks in a £20 million redevelopment by housing association One Vision Housing.


Kawneer’s AA®100 dry-jointed zone-drained curtain walling with 50mm sightlines,


‘a major part in the regeneration of the Seaforth Docks area’


complemented by AA®543 tilturn windows, is being installed on the last elevation of Alexander House at King’s Park in Liverpool by specialist sub-contractor Extruded Window Systems.


Te tower block refurbishment plays a major part in the regeneration of the Seaforth Docks area of the maritime city and once all three are completed in 2014 more than 200 new apartments will have been created.


Main contractor Bramall Construction


started work on King’s Park in 2011 and the first phase is expected to be complete by


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autumn 2012 with work on the remaining two towers – Montgomery House and Churchill House – due to start then.


As well as the modernisation of the three


tower blocks, architects Brock Carmichael’s plans include remodelling open spaces to provide lots of secure and accessible recreational areas and the incorporation of Home Zones – areas that attempt to strike a balance between traffic and all other road users, be they pedestrians or cyclists.


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