Schöck’s steel frame challenge at university R

ecent significant investment in Oxford Brookes University has already resulted in multi award-

winning facilities and this development is continuing with a ten-year, £220 million estate investment plan. One recently completed facility has seen the former Main Hall demolished and replaced with the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, an elegant building, designed by BGS Architects. It is a tribute to one of the most influential figures in the University’s history; and creates a multi-use space for teaching and other key university events, including graduation ceremonies, where it can accommodate over 600 guests.

Steel frame and cladding mean high thermal conductivity Steel has a high thermal conductivity compared with many other construction materials and this means that both the structural steel frame and steel cladding system must be designed to minimise any unwanted heat flows. Steel elements must not be continuous through the cladding

system. With the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, support for the external cladding was provided by cantilever connections to the universal columns and it was critical to provide a structural thermal break at strategic connectivity points. The Schöck Isokorb for steel-to-steel connectivity was the ideal solution. By thermally separating the exterior steel structure from the interior steel structure, these modular thermal insulation elements with their stainless steel components and Neopor®

insulation, reliably mitigate the

risk of condensation, mould formation and corrosion, The units are also able to withstand extremely demanding loads and are effective against both bending moment and shear force.

Totally verifiable performance The product type used at Oxford Brookes is for steel-to-steel, but the comprehensive Isokorb range from Schöck also offers solutions for concrete-to-concrete, concrete- to-steel and – and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets. When any Isokorb product type is incorporated into residential buildings or public buildings, the required fRsi value – the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk that must be equal to or greater than 0.75 – is always comfortably met. The range also complies with the Government Standard Assessment

Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges. Products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, have NHBC approval and offer LABC Registration. There is also the security of independent BBA Certification.

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P C Henderson Set to Exhibit at Leading International Tradeshow – BAU 2019

P C Henderson will be exhibiting at leading international trade fair – BAU – in January 2019 where it will be showcasing a selection of its high quality sliding door hardware. P C Henderson will be on stand 428 inhall B4, demonstrating some of its most popular and renowned sliding and folding door hardware products including; Securefold, Evolve, Roomflex and Flexirol Multidirectional. The company will also be launching three new hardware solutions to the market – presenting visitors with a first time opportunity to see, touch and use full working displays of the new products. Products to be launched at the event include Pocket Door Pro – a professional pocket door hardware system specifically designed for rapid installation in commercial applications. The system has been developed using advanced ‘push fit’ technology allowing for easy and rapid installation. Available in either manual or automatic operation, the hardware is also available as a fully certified fire rated system – to FD30 and FD60 standards. Visitors to the stand will also have the chance to view the company’s new Husky Soft Close system – a straight sliding hardware system with integrated soft close and open.

Garador’s retractable up & over doors easy to automate

Delivering safety, security and years of trouble free service, Garador’s steel Up & Over garage doors have long been a top favourite across the UK. Unlike canopy Up & Over garage doors, retractable doors are designed in such a way that they are really easy to automate with an electric operator. Retractable gearing means the door panel opens on horizontal tracks running back into the garage. They can be easily automated with a GaraMatic electric operator so the homeowner can open their garage door by pressing a button on a hand transmitter. GaraMatic operators are expertly engineered to ensure fast and smooth opening and the hand transmitters incorporate bi-directional radio signals which are heavily encrypted for high security. Garador’s retractable Up & Over doors also come with a unique parking position and multiple spring cassette, to ensure that the door is always safe to use. They come in a wide choice, of designs, colours and finishes. A video explaining the advantages of Garador’s retractable Up and Over doors is available on Garador’s YouTube channel or find out more by calling.

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