Reynaers takes to the water with Paynes & Borthwick


An extensive range of systems have been supplied by Reynaers Aluminium to a prestigious riverside apartment, office and retail development in Greenwich.

The architectural aluminium systems were specified and installed at the Paynes & Borthwick site which comprises five blocks and a tower, with heights varying from three up to 18 storeys.  The project, fronting onto the River Thames, includes 257 highly specified one, two and three bedroomed apartments, as well as 14,000 sq ft of commercial office and retail space.

A key feature of the development is the incorporation of the lower blocks into the retained, grade II listed brick façade of the former marine boiler factory Paynes & Borthwick Wharf.

A series of aluminium systems were supplied by Reynaers including CW 50 curtain walling, which the company says provides unlimited creative and installation flexibility, while also allowing the maximum amount of light into a building.

Also installed are CS 77 and CS 38-SL windows which are both thermally improved, with three chamber systems offering safety and comfort for the occupants.  CS 77 has been installed on the high tower and features fibreglass reinforced polyamide strips ensuring high thermal insulation levels are maintained.  With its slender exterior contours, the CS 38-SL is described as offering an ideal solution for new build and refurbishment projects involving the replacement of original steel framed windows.  This made them particularly suitable for the Paynes & Borthwick redevelopment where they were installed on the listed brick façade section.

Within the new build, CP 130 sliding doors were installed in the tower to enable balcony access from the apartments.  The system offers an aesthetic, functional and flexible solution maximising the outstanding views available.  In addition, Reynaers’ Vision 50 system was used to provide ground floor entrance doors for the retail units.

Paul Duffy, Sales Director for Reynaers, said: “The requirements for this development, with its mix of new build and sensitive refurbishment of listed buildings, were varied to say the least.  Working closely with the architects and fabricators, we were able to provide a whole range of systems that would meet all needs in terms of efficient and effective operation, while working within the parameters of a listed building project – both from an aesthetic and performance standpoint.

“We believe the Paynes & Borthwick project is an excellent demonstration of the extent and flexibility our range of systems offer to meet the requirements of both new builds and refurbishments.”

Originally conceived by Assael Architects, the project was subsequently taken over and seen through to its successful conclusion by KDS Associates, Blackfriars Foundry office.  Ardmore of Enfield, Middlesex was the main contractors with Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium in Slough being the fabricators for the project.

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