Senior strengthens supply chain links with new college contracts

from Senior Architectural Systems specified for use on two new college contracts. Senior has supplied the glazing packages


for both the new Lancashire Energy HQ at Blackpool & Flyde College and the Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) at Wakefield College in West Yorkshire, working with fabricator and installer Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium Ltd and main contractor Bardsley Construction to deliver the design vision of architects IBI Group. Combining attractive slim sightlines and

high thermal performance, the building envelope of both college buildings has benefitted from products from Senior’s exten- sive range of aluminium doors, windows and curtain walling systems. Reflecting the college’s focus on training

for the renewable energy sector, the new Lancashire Energy HQ at Blackpool & Flyde

ollaboration and repeat business with key supply chain partners has seen aluminium glazing solutions

College boasts a sustainable design scheme which includes a living green wall and an energy-efficient glazing package. The improved thermal performance and slim sightlines offered by Senior’s SF52 aluminium curtain walling made it the ideal choice to create the college’s attractive double-height atrium and striking faceted entrance, which also features Senior’s robust SPW500 aluminium doors. Further contributing to the building’s BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’ are Senior’s thermally-broken SPW600e aluminium windows.

Also designed by IBI Group, the new ASIC building at Wakefield College features the same specification of aluminium fenestration solutions from Senior which have once again been installed by Aire Valley Architectural Ltd for main contractor Bardsley Construction Ltd. Here, Senior’s SF52 curtain walling has been used to add further interest to the building’s attractive façade design which features a mix of masonry brickwork and coloured cladding panels. The modern design of the new-build three storey building maximises the use of light and space, with the slim profile of Senior’s SF52 curtain walling system and SPW600e aluminium windows helping to create a welcoming and comfortable learning environment.

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Bespoke rooflights enhanced London home

Located in a West London conservation area, the existing property required updating by remodelling the kitchen and dining room that suffered poor connection to the rear garden. North facing, these rooms received little daylight from the modest sized windows. It was a dark and dingy space. Architect Simon Feneley’s response at Feneley Studio, was to reconfigure the ground floor providing a utility and cloakroom off the entrance hall with a formal sitting room at the front of the property. A full height sliding pocket door reveals a newly extended family room with a panoramic view of the garden. The roof of the extension is asymmetrical about the axis from the front door, providing increased floor to ceiling height and avoiding a long continuous corridor. Custom made East and West facing rooflights by Lonsdale provide generous amounts of natural light and are a focal point of the extension with dramatic results as the sun moves from early morning until dusk. Ever changing forms of sunlight fall upon the polished concrete flooring which runs throughout the ground floor, with daylight washing down the full height herringbone wall tiling in the contemporary kitchen.

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Flying light Kalwall® translucent cladding has transformed the newly completed 4,200 square metre extension at Indiana’s

South Bend Regional Airport. Designed by architects Ken Herceg and Associates, the new terminal comprises five gates, restaurants, gift shops and break-out areas all housed under an architecturally exposed, steel-framed barrel vault structure that simulates the structure of an aircraft wing. This is covered with a curved Kalwall Skyroof®

10 metres wide and 180 metres long. As passengers exit the dark and windowless TSA screening

area, they are bathed in welcoming and natural daylight with unimpeded views across the runways. Kalwall eliminates shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of light and shade. The system also enhances simplicity by doing away with the need for blinds, curtains or solar control. Even on cloudy days, the interior is flooded with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced. The standard Kalwall 70mm thick panel offers insulation up to 0.28W/m2

K – equivalent to

a cavity filled brick wall, while still allowing for up to 15 per cent visible light transmittance.


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