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First FiT show appearance for Reynaers

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Leading aluminium systems company Reynaers is planning on making a big splash for its first appearance at this year’s FiT Show.

It will be showcasing its range of aluminium window and door products at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in May and has some big, brand new systems that will feature on its stand, N10.

Marketing Manager Rebecca Cope said: “We will be making our mark at this year’s show with new products, which have been developed by our highly-regarded design team.

“Trade visitors will be able to find out about our comprehensive range of systems, and also how we can help provide the tools to market and sell them too.

“The show is taking place not far from our brand new HQ in Birmingham and we will have big products, a big stand and innovative products that have never been seen before. Watch this space for more news!”

Reynaers has helped to shape the urban landscape for more than 50 years and its products feature in some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. Find out more at www.reynaers.co.uk.

FiT 2017 takes place in Halls 6-8 at the NEC from 23-25 May. Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited on 0121 421 1999 or reynaersltd@reynaers.com.

Commercial Doors Made Easy, in Jack Aluminium’s New Brochure

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If you need an aluminium commercial door, just ask Jack.  Fabricators can find everything they need to create high-quality, secure and thermally efficient commercial doors, in the new TD68 Jack Door brochure from systems specialist Jack Aluminium – available to download at www.jackaluminium.co.uk.

“As part of our marketing support for fabricators, we’ve launched the brochure so they can give their customers a simple, at-a-glance reference to the benefits of the Jack Door system,” says Ash Pearson, Sales Manager at Jack Aluminium.

 “The Jack Door gives fabricators an easy route towards meeting PAS 24 and Secured by Design.  It’s the ideal choice for schools and colleges, hospitals, local authorities and other commercial buildings where security is essential.”

The brochure covers the most comprehensive range of PAS24 commercial doors available, including controlled access, emergency exit and remote access, and a wide variety of hardware and colour options.

All door profiles have in-built strength, security and thermal efficiency, backed by extensive independent testing.  “The Jack Door helps fabricators to meet robust specification guidelines.  The TD68 system has passed PAS 24 and is fully Q marked, so it is ready for fabricators to attain Secured by Design status.

“The Jack Door also gives fabricators real design flexibility.  It has been tested up to 1300 mm wide by 2480 mm high to comply with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) clear opening directives and we’re constantly testing new sizes. We have also tested sidelights & fanlights to PAS 24, allowing customers to build SBD compliant screens.

“When it comes to thermal efficiency, we have achieved a U-value of 1.7 W/m2k on a 1230 mm wide door.”

Jack Aluminium maintains extensive aluminium stock holding for fast delivery, and offers expert service & support to fabricators and their customers.

www.jackaluminium.co.uk

AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is a ‘Lancashire Hot Spot’ for Architects

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Architects can discover the full design potential of aluminium at the new AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre – a Lancashire ‘Hot Spot’ for aluminium windows and doors.

The specially designed centre is part of the leading aluminium fabricator’s new factory premises based in Blackburn and customers are invited to call in to see, touch and feel the full range of modern aluminium glazing products available for their project.

“The new centre has been designed to help our customers choose the best products to develop their projects,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director of AluFoldDirect. “We have installed full-size, working displays of our range so they can see just how many options they have.

“The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre aims to be a useful resource where the whole supply chain, from specification to end user, can get the best advice on how to choose aluminium glazing, backed by top customer support.

“The centre has been split into two separate zones, domestic and commercial and each area has been designed to reflect the look of a typical installation. The domestic zone has a homely feel and the commercial area is a coffee bar, providing a perfect place for customer consultations over a brew.

“It’s the ideal place to ask our on-site aluminium experts to help specify their project and get it right first time. We’ll listen to what our customers need and help them to realise their designs through our precise manufacturing, fast lead times and delivery direct to site.”

For domestic glazing, the AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre includes the new Technic-AL RD1 residential door as well as AluFoldDirect’s best-selling range of aluminium bi-folding doors and slimline windows.

Commercial customers can see aluminium entrance doors and curtain walling using the highly-respected Jack Aluminium system.  The door is equipped with the ISEO Multiblindo lock, the latest advance in versatile commercial security.

Craig adds: “The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is open 8:30am – 5:30pm, Mon to Fri, so feel free to drop by to discuss your project with us or visit http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/aluminium-showroom.html to find out more.”

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

The largest single office development in the Channel Islands utilises multiple aluminium glazing systems from leading provider Reynaers.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

Extending to over 200,000 sq ft, Jersey Esplanade contains large, open plan office spaces across six storeys which surround a central atrium and circulation core. Maximising the coastal location, this allows breath-taking panoramic views of St Aubins Bay and creates a striking new gateway to St Helier.

The BREEAM-rated building combines modulated stone cladding with expansive areas of Reynaers aluminium curtain walling and is occupied by blue-chip brands such as Royal Bank of Canada, Deloitte and C5 Alliance.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

Architects at Axis Mason have created a modern, innovative co-working space that facilitates collaboration with its open layout. The project is otherwise known as Gaspé House, a name selected to mark cultural links between Jersey and Canada and remember the Jersey fishermen who settled in Gaspé, Quebec, many years ago.

Transforming the Jersey seafront with a touch of splendour, the Reynaers systems utilised include CW 86 and CW 50 curtain walling, as well as CS 68 and CS 77 aluminium windows and doors.

Dave Rees, Consult Project Manager at Reynaers, said: “The conditions of the building location on this development proved a challenge. With seafront projects, timing is everything. Unitised facades therefore provided the perfect solution for Jersey Esplanade due to their speed of build and increased fabricator efficiency, with no compromise on performance or aesthetic quality”.

Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

With high execution speed and available in two glazing variants, elements of curtain walling system CW 86 can be pre-assembled in the workshop to decrease time on the building site. Cassettes can then be hooked onto a traditional stick structure or the façade can be built up element by element according to the modular curtain wall principle.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “Reynaers prides itself on developing, where required, bespoke solutions to meet all glazing requirements. For Jersey Esplanade, efficient CW 86 unitised facades and CW 50 curtain walling gave the architects design freedom to accommodate large glazed areas, as well as meeting their time constraints.

“The project also spectacularly showcases our CS 68 and CS 77 aluminium windows and doors, helping the build to achieve its BREEAM status with their excellent performance credentials and sustainability benefits.”

Project address: 66-72 Esplanade, St. Helier, JE2 3QA

Fabricator: Deepdale Solutions

Architect: Axis Mason

Contractor: Dandara

Products:

www.reynaers.co.uk

 

Reynaers SL 38 proves versatile choice for renovations

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The former Van der Elst cigar factory in Leuven has undergone a metamorphosis into an urban oasis. Where the roar of machinery and the aroma of tobacco used to dominate, Jaspers-Eyers Architects has now created a mix of residential units, offices and
shops around a series of green outdoor areas.

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The ‘7Even Gardens’ build makes use of slim line, steel-look aluminium windows from Reynaers, turning an old factory into a pleasant living environment.

The factory complex dates from 1875 and has been expanded many times over the years. A number of buildings have been demolished in order to create space for the gardens. These gardens are constructed around the three renovated buildings and a new-build block. Architect John Eyers made sure that both the business premises and apartments, ranging in size from 50 to 200 square metres, have strikingly high ceilings and an abundance of daylight entering the properties.

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From an urban development perspective, Eyers was looking for a new dynamism while still trying to preserve the original character of the building. “We have left the existing column structure and the technical features as visible as possible with the intention of reinforcing the industrial look rather than eliminating it. After all, this is what distinguishes the building from new-build projects, and the reason why people specifically choose this spot.”

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The slim line steel-look window product from Reynaers imitates the look of the original window frames. Slim Line 38 is one of the latest additions to Reynaers product range and an advancement of Reynaers’ original CS 38 window system, which is featured on 7Even Gardens. SL 38 has exactly the same aesthetic but benefits from even better performance. It boasts the look and feel of steel, supported by the superior qualities of aluminium.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “With its highly desirable slender appearance and market-leading energy efficiency, the SL 38 has proved itself to be a truly versatile system.

“A perfect all-rounder, it is ideal for new builds and renovation projects alike, allowing the preservation of a vintage look or the creation of a fresh and modern build.”

A highly insulated system of inward and outward opening windows and doors, SL 38 combines lightweight elegance and comfort with a unique design. Combined with its stability and ease of production, this system offers an ideal solution for both new-build constructions and the renovation of steel-framed windows and doors. Whilst the original design is respected, a vast improvement on thermal insulation is achieved.

SL 38 is available in three unique design variants – Classic, Cubic and Ferro – with its slim lines allowing an abundance of light and large glass panes. This also makes the system ideal for steel replacement, providing a weightless frame whilst retaining its strength and enhancing its performance.

A special modification to the design also means the system is available with hidden hinges, whilst the use of glazing bars will achieve a more traditional design. The minimalistic frame is reinforced by an invisible drainage system, avoiding the use of drainage caps on the exterior of windows and doors.

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The windows and doors can be provided with double and triple glazing with a glass thickness of up to 55mm without losing the ultra-slim look. In combination with its superior insulation capabilities, the system provides the perfect harmony between durable material, clean design and demanding architectural challenges.

SL 38 features a highly insulated three-chamber system with ultra-slim profiles for increased thermal characteristics. The solution is available in fixed, turn, and turn-tilt variations with Uw values of 1.4 W/m²K or greater depending on the configuration.

For optimum end user comfort, the SL 38 product offers excellent weather performance with air tightness of Class 4 (600Pa) and water tightness Class 9A (600Pa). This strong performance also extends to safety, with a burglar resistance class of 2 and fire resistance class EW 30.

https://www.reynaers.co.uk

Neaco decking chosen for another landmark bridge

 Neaco’s aluminium decking has been specified for another landmark bridge project at Bécon-les-Bruyères train station which forms part of the extensive redevelopment of the Zac des Bruyeres Courbevoie in Paris.

The striking new footbridge is the key feature of first phase of modernisation carried out by contractors, Groupe GCC. It now facilitates access to routes for travelers and allows residents the passage of Asnieres-sur-Seine at Courbevoie. Bécon-les-Bruyères is one of the busiest stations in the suburbs, with more than 20,000 passengers per day, and is set to become a major interchange with upgraded platforms and passenger buildings. The overall development is being led by joint project managers, RFF and SNCF.

Neaco’s National Sales Manager, Peter Melia, comments: “Neaco can now boast an outstanding list of high profile bridge projects which have specified our Techdek system for pedestrian and cycle paths. The product is featured on some of the most acclaimed designs in the UK and Ireland, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Media City Footbridge in Salford Quays, the Twin Sails Bridge in Poole, the Peace Bridge in Londonderry and the Living Bridge in Limerick. We are delighted to add Paserelle Becon-les-Bruyeres to that list.”

“Techdek’s T-Bar profile provides a 74 per cent contact area on the surface yet drains water efficiently and its swage-locked construction between the bars enables high load bearing capability. The system is durable, maintenance-free and comes with the option of a serrated anti-slip surface for safer footing. This combination of attributes makes Techdek an ideal specification for the high traffic demands of an urban bridge and its versatile modular system can adapt to unusual angles and curvatures, allowing it to meet the creative aspects of designs like Paserelle Becon-les-Bruyeres.”

As well as offering bridge-friendly qualities, Techdek has many environmentally friendly attributes: the system is non-toxic, non-combustible, corrosive-free and 100 per cent recyclable with no downgrading of its properties and very little energy required for re-melting. Precision-manufactured off site and easy to assemble with no welding required, Techdek is suitable for many other applications, including staging, modesty screens, solar shading, maintenance galleries and roof access walkways.

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Four steps to specifying the right commercial door

Four steps to specifying the right commercial door

Commercial aluminium systems specialist Jack Aluminium has made it easy for architects and specifiers by creating four steps towards specifying the right commercial door for every project.

“There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a commercial door, but by looking at a few fundamentals you can balance legislative requirements, style, functionality and cost to achieve a great-looking, high-performance door that is built too last,” says Jeff Pearson, Sales Director at Jack Aluminium.

1) Achieve security and efficiency in performance.  “There are increasingly stringent demands for thermal efficiency and security – not only from the law but also from building owners and users who want the very best from their premises.

“A well-engineered aluminium profile needs to be thermally broken while remaining strong enough to withstand the attentions of burglars.  The only way to be sure is through independent test data, so only work with systems suppliers who have invested in rigorous testing.”

2) Versatility in design.  “Commercial projects cover a number of sectors – shops, offices, schools and hospitals – and range from new builds to retro-fits.  Finding a aluminium system that will work across all of these types can save valuable time and resource when specifying.  Rather than starting from scratch on a project-by-project basis, it means that specifiers can develop long-term relationships in the confidence that the system will do what it needs to, every time.”

3) Convenience in manufacture and installation.  “Having the right system on paper is one thing.  It must also be easy for the fabricator to make and for the installer to fit, otherwise there’s a risk of adding time and cost to a project to iron out issues in the factory or on-site.

“When in doubt, ask to see examples of existing projects and speak to the people who had first-hand experience of using the system.”

4) Harmony with the environment.  This last step underpins all of the other elements, and extends from sustainable manufacturing to the long-term durability of the door itself.  “The most sustainable commercial door is one that is built too last.  By making the best use of materials upfront, a good system will reduce long-term wastage by minimising the chance of repair or replacement.

These four steps should be at the heart of all commercial door specification. Jack Aluminium is happy to discuss everything from design and testing, through to fabrication, installation and long-term aftercare, to help architects and specifiers make the right choice.

www.jackaluminium.co.uk

Reynaers nominated in top industry awards

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Reynaers has once again been recognised as leading the industry, after receiving two award nominations this month.

The aluminium systems company has been put forward for the prestigious G16 Awards and the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), which recognise marketing excellence in the built environment.

Judges from the CMAs selected Reynaers as a contender for the ‘Best use of advertising’ award. Reynaers designs and supplies aluminium window, door and curtain wall systems to both the commercial and domestic construction markets and its use of testimonials in its advertising this year has made it stand out from competitors.

Meanwhile, Masterline – the latest window system addition to Reynaers’ portfolio – has been nominated for ‘New Product of the Year’ at the G16 Awards.

The Masterline window system is a completely new window suite that will be launched next year in the UK. It is destined to set a new benchmark in terms of thermal insulation, weather resistance, security, strength and durability, sustainability, design flexibility, aesthetics, production efficiency, and value for money.

Running for more than a decade, The G Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the UK Glass and Glazing industry.

Hugh Moss, Reynaers’ Head of Marketing, said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated for both of these awards and can’t wait for the results. It is fitting that in 2016, our 25th anniversary year here in the UK, we have been recognised as leading the industry with our products and our marketing.”

https://www.reynaers.co.uk

The future trends in housing identified by Reynaers at Home architect survey

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Architect: Crahay & Jamaigne Architectes Photo: Samuel Defourny

Industry professionals have shared their predictions for the future of residential architecture in a national survey from Reynaers at Home.

The majority of respondents said that sustainability was high on the agenda for the houses of tomorrow.

Looking at the current industry, architects agreed that energy efficiency is still a critical consideration when designing a project, with 48% of respondents citing it as the most popular trend.

When asked “What does the future hold for housing design?” almost half said more affordable homes for the younger population. More than one in 10 also said that tech-based solutions for smaller spaces will be a prominent future trend.

Architects predicted that there will be more properties built to meet energy demands and budgets for all ages, with a focus on flexibility and functionality supported by innovative design and quality.

One architect said: “The future in housing design needs more affordable housing for all ages, but there’s not the political will to make this happen. Too many people are heavily invested in the inflated housing market.”

Maximising space and light were mentioned as key trends for the future, as well as amenities and space planning, cost-effective repetitive grid facades and floating corners with bifold or sliding doors below.

Compared with Reynaers at Home’s 2013 survey, there was a 12% collective increase in popularity for panoramic window walls, bifold doors and floating ceiling corners.

A clear effort is emerging to streamline residential architecture into a landscape of sustainable, affordable and efficient homes which maximise space, light and energy usage.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “It’s fantastic to see that as an industry we are looking towards the future. Architects care about the people using their buildings, as well as the world around them.

“Architecture is about creating something that provides an excellent functional space for those who live there, and one that will stand the test of time. This sits in line with Reynaers at Home’s key values, as our product range of aluminium doors and windows boasts fantastic sustainability credentials.

“Reynaers’ products can contribute to the overall sustainability level of the building, thus achieving points for building certificates such as LEED and BREEAM. These certify that a building is designed and built to surpass national standards for a range of factors including energy savings, CO2 emission reductions and sensitivity to their impact.

“The range also offers good value due to its long term high performance and energy efficiency levels, reducing residents’ energy bills and the need for maintenance or replacement.”

Of the architects surveyed, 41% of respondents designed for the domestic market and 38% designed for commercial and domestic. The majority of respondents focused on a mix of new builds and extensions/refurbs.

Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information, see the website www.reynaersathome.co.uk, email homeuk@reynaers.com or call 0121 421 9707.

Customers turn to Alufold Direct for aluminium triangular and gable windows

AluFoldDirect is seeing a significant trend towards aluminium windows, and a growing percentage are large or unusually shaped windows. Customers benefit from AluFoldDirect’s precise manufacturing and fast lead times of 1 week unglazed, 2 weeks glazed.

Triangular windows are an area where AluFoldDirect can make a difference.  “These are hyper-modern and a real alternative to leaded lights, but require a detailed level of hand-made craftsmanship because every window needs different angles,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect.

“For each window, we have to work out the exact geometry and hand make the bracketing before we fabricate the window.  In theory, it’s time-consuming and fiddly, but by applying the same process we use across all of our windows we can do them quickly and do them well.”

Gable windows are increasingly popular in aluminium, because the thin profile and choice of colours gives a slimline profile that maximises the glazing area.  AluFoldDirect typically fabricates up to 3-4 metres wide and 10 metres tall.

A choice of profile gives installers and builders even greater flexibility.  In addition to its slim window profile, many people prefer the square cut curtain walling appearance.  These frames go up from ground level to cover all the floors and then shape to a point on top, for example in the loft space.

With its recent move to a new 35,000 sq ft factory in Blackburn, AluFoldDirect has created a dedicated window manufacturing area for customers.  The company has invested in a bigger saw, enabling cutting of larger profiles to meet demand for gables.

Like all AluFoldDirect products, customers simply measure the exact aperture once ready and send the dimensions.  They’ll then receive it within 1 week unglazed or 2 weeks glazed, direct to site.

http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/