The Forge is a stunning new build apartment complex in Digbeth, Birmingham, that utilises Alutech’s aluminium systems for the windows and doors. Fabricated by one of Alutech’s longest standing commercial fabricators, Tech Aluminium Systems, the steel frame building features Alutech’s SL160 systems for lift and slide doors, as well as Alutech’s W72 and W62 window systems.
The project was self-managed by the development company and what really sets it apart is the way in which the specialist trades were asked to design their own interfaces with the structure of the building and liaise with each other to devise workable solutions. One of the elements incorporated by Tech Aluminium Systems with Alutech was a special seal that was used on the windows to keep rain out while other construction work was being carried out.
Tech Aluminium Systems Director, Keith Douglas, commented, “Conventionally, where brick built new builds are concerned, the installation of windows and doors is reliant on the construction of the openings, which can often be delayed. But in this instance, the steelwork of the building went up quickly and the window apertures were created, meaning quick progression of the project.”
Keith continues, “We worked collaboratively with Alutech in the UK and Belarus to devise a solution for the project that worked well with the other elements of the building. The result is an impressive-looking project that all parties were very happy with.”
Selecting the right glazing for a project can be challenging. Alutech’s SL160 aluminium lift & slide doors system combines state-of-the-art performance sliding hardware with great aesthetics to provide the perfect effortless sliding door solution.
The 72mm and 62mm casement window systems have a single chamber thermal break with bonded foamed insert, which has been designed to be easy to fabricate and install. It is able to meet challenging requirements for thermal and acoustic performances.