Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems - The Winston Churchill School
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems and Hampshire
Commercial Aluminium System Limited, a Comar approved
fabricator, have recently completed an extensive refurbishment
programme on The Winston Churchill School in Woking, Surrey.
One of the elevations consists of a two-storey, 200m span of cladding, originally timber, which had reached the end of its life cycle. To totally update the building Comar 2 window walling was specified with integrated top-hung opening vents and panels. Comar 2 offered a precise fit to the specification requirements of the building, offering fast-track installation, a wide range of glazing options, integration, security, high-span mullions and transoms
Due to its semi-unitised construction, Comar 2 can be fabricated in the factory, shipped and, once on site, the two part channel and plate clip together to form 100mm x 45mm or 100mm x 30mm box section. This fast-track installation was imperative, as the works were scheduled to start and finish in vacation time when health and safety issues were minimised. Slim 35mm or 45mm sight lines are available as well as high span mullions which offer high deflection loads; again, ensuring that the specification of the school was met. Due to Comar 2ís wide range of gasketry and beads, panels and glass can be glazed into the same facade up to 75mm wide. This means there is no need to step cut the panels and a uniform eye-catching finish was achieved. For this project, security was naturally a factor and Comar 2 was internally glazed Comar 2 also offers the flexibility of an externally glazed condition where floor slabs need to be accounted for.
For the opening lights Comar 5 50mm casement system was used. Manual teleflexes were specified on all high-level windows and folding cam openers on the mid level vents. Windows were restricted to 100mm and polyester powder coated in white to create a bright contrast to the red panels.
For the main entrances Comar 7 doors were selected. Comar 7 is a flexible door system which from multi-function profiles all door configurations can be manufactured. The Winston Churchill School utilized this with side entrances specified as swing doors hung on AXIM transom closers, with anti-finger trap stiles and the main entrances were Comar 7 automatic sliding doors. The auto-doors utilized Comarís unique automatic door beams which house most major manufacturers bolt-on auto gearing. Here Ditech was selected with integrated safety sensors and break out facility.
Hampshire and Comar worked closely with the specifiers at design stage. This close partnering ensured that site issues were minimized and the project was completed to site deadlines.