Kawneer Glazing Systems Win Over At Award-Winning Neighbourhood Middlewood Locks

Image Above:  Middlewood Locks Courtesy of Scarborough Group

Kawneer’s aluminium systems now being used on a second phase.

Following their use on the first phase of the largest regeneration project in the north-west, architectural glazing systems by UK manufacturer Kawneer are now being used on the second.

The first phase of the Middlewood Locks project in Manchester by developer Scarborough International Properties features Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA®130 brise soleil and AA®720 external doors on the ground floors of six blocks of apartments around three large basins of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canals.

The AA®130 brise soleil has also been used between external balconies as privacy screens and was complemented by Kawneer’s AA®3572 lift/slide doors and AA®720 thermally-superior side-hung casement windows which feature on the first floor upwards of the seven-storey blocks.

The award-winning waterside neighbourhood, a joint venture with Metro Holdings of Singapore and Hualing Group of China, was promoted by former Chancellor George Osborne as a critical part of the Northern Powerhouse.

Lying next to Salford Central railway station at the gateway to Spinningfields – Manchester’s Central Business District, the vibrant 25-acre, £1 billion neighbourhood will eventually comprise more than 2,000 new one to three-bedroomed apartments, maisonettes and townhouses.

It will also include 900,000ft2 of commercial development – 500,000ft2 of Grade A office space, shops, restaurants, hotel, gym and convenience store – alongside landscaped green spaces. The second phase, which is currently under construction, will comprise 546 apartments.

Designed by previous Kawneer specifiers Whittam Cox architects and constructed over 30 months by main contractor BCEGI, the dual-colour aluminium Kawneer systems (black externally, white internally) were installed over two years by a team of up to 40 from specialist sub-contractor/Kawneer dealer FK Group.

Design team leader Gwyn Jones said: “FK worked very closely with Whittam Cox architects and Kawneer to provide bespoke, as well as system design solutions, to the full building envelope including the cladding elements, to achieve the required design intent and performance of the project.

“The project design across all individual blocks was assisted due to the close working relationship between FK, Kawneer as system supplier, and Whittam Cox architects.”

Whittam Cox architect David Turner said: “The glazed elements were a large factor to portions of the scheme due to the acoustic requirements. They were built into formed openings of either masonry or cladding in a traditional way. In this instance sustainability was lower down the performance requirements.

“The client was happy with the Kawneer product and consequently has retained it for the Phase 2 works which are currently on site.”