Kawneer systems help herald a gateway to a unique building

bimstore manufacturers Kawneer have had their products specified in a unique building project for one of the UK’s leading universities.

The Poole Gateway building is a state-of-the-art combined technical facility for the university’s faculties of Science and Technology and Media and Communication, the latter of which houses the UK’s only recognised Centre for Excellence in Media Practice.

Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained and capped curtain walling are utilised on the development’s atrium, while the manufacturers’ thermally-superior AA®720 entrance doors were used throughout the building and the AA®190 TB automatic sliding door was used at the campus side entrance lobby.

The Kawneer products interfaced really well with the masonry and rainscreen façade.

Kirsty Pesticcio, senior architect at specifiers Atkins, said: “The glazed elements have a significant impact on the building and the Kawneer products interfaced really well with the masonry and rainscreen façade.

“The triangulated gateway form was very complex in nature so we had to ensure fixings were angled with precision to tie into the structural members. Kawneer-approved installer Leay were engaged early within the design process to ensure the developing design met both our design concept and technical constraints of the products chosen.”

Kawneer’s BIM components are available to download here.The building was targeting a BREEAM “Excellent” score so upper BRE Green Guide ratings for material specification, aligned with budgets, was important.

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