The BBC DIY SOS Grenfell special has featured Structura UK‘s help in delivering a new Community Centre and a replacement Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club.
More than 200 square metres of Kalwall® translucent cladding has been installed along the whole elevation of the new Boxing Club, using the newly adapted THERM+ ‘stick built’ curtain walling system from RAICO.
This is the first project that has utilised the new system and results thus far has been positive.
The ability to conceal the fixings and screws, coupled with the mill-finished aluminium framing, has created an incredibly smooth and dramatic façade.
The scheme was also supported by Fabrication Facilities, which supplied specialist fixing brackets and On Site Recruitment which supplied the glazing fixers.
The new Kalwall+Raico system offers outstanding versatility, even allowing the switching of materials – such as aluminium, steel or glued laminate timber (Glulam) – within the same façade.
This means the framing can be prefabricated at the factory and then assembled on site, with the Kalwall panels being easily incorporated.
In addition, there can be a seamless transition between the panels to fixed or operable windows, with no need for additional structural changes or support.
This combination works in harmony to maximise natural daylight, whilst allowing vision out and controlling solar gain.
Overall, the system allows for monolithic, single action installations which save time on site and give excellent cost benefits together with a high thermal performance and long life cycle.
Kalwall is popular in projects where performance, long life cycle and low maintenance are sought after, coupled with an impressive visual finish.
The aluminium or thermally-broken grid core with interlocking I-beams gives Kalwall phenomenal strength.
The lightweight system lowers the need for supporting structures, while offering the highest protection in terms of wind-borne debris and resistance to impact, abrasion and point loads.
The exterior face is colour stable and includes a UV resistant, self-cleaning surface, meaning normal rainfall helps to keep the surface free of dust and dirt, whilst still retaining its original colour during the weathering process.
Furthermore, the inclusion of an erosion-prevention barrier protects the interior from weather exposure and the risk of fibre-bloom, cracking and crazing.
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