The latest window and door solutions, including new doors for a venerable institution in Cambridge, fire station entrances that fly open in seconds and some eye-catching coloured glazing
Roto Frank has introduced a handle for tilt-and-turn windows that is limits how far they can open. The Rotoline handle is intended for high-rise buildings and windows that can be reached by children. A key allows the window to be turned fully for cleaning and maintenance. Non-key holders will only be able to open the window for ventilation. The handle is available in six finishes.
Larger laminate for DDA-friendly doors
Formica has increased the size of the laminate sheet it makes for facing interior doors. The sheet has been introduced to fit the larger doors specified by the Disability Discrimination Act.
Sensor-powered museum entrance
JB Kind has created a range of doors that can be customised to suit the style of an individual property. Called the New Concept, the collection offers 18 solid designs and a further 18 glass versions that can be combined to create a bespoke door. The glass is introduced as a sheet through a slot in the top of the edge of the door. The doors are available in a choice of five timber finishes.
Sensor-powered museum entrance
Swing door controls from Woodwood Door Controls have been installed on the entrance to the £12m courtyard extension to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The doors are air-powered and triggered by sensors in the door handles that cause the doors to open automatically on touch. Under air power alone the doors open slowly, but they can also be opened with manual assistance. Push buttons on either side of the door hold them open for a pre-set adjustable time to provide assistance to wheelchair users. The doors are connected to the fire alarm.
Woodwood Door Controls
Old-style timber sashes
Jeld-Wen has launched a range of timber sash windows that are fully glazed with low-E insulating glass units. The units have a pre-tensioned sash balance, concealed ventilators through the head section and safety interlocks where the sashes meet. Jeld-Wen says the windows are ideal for use in conservation areas where regulations dictate old frames must be replaced in the existing style.
Sectional doors for fire stations
Industrial door specialist Hörmann has supplied a total of 65 high-speed SPU 40 sectional doors to seven new fire stations built for the Tyne and Wear Fire Service. The doors have been fitted to the front and back of each building. When the front doors open, the back doors open simultaneously to clear the diesel fumes quickly from the appliance room. The doors are said to fully open within 15 seconds of operation. The project has been funded by Jarvis under a PFI initiative.
Revolving doors at Plantation Place
Kaba Door Systems has completed the installation of the grand entrance at One Plantation Place, an Arup Associates office block in the City of London between Fenchurch Street and Great Tower Street (see 9 July, page 54). Kaba was chosen for the job by curtain-walling contractor Josef Gartner. Four manual Talos revolving doors with glass canopies were installed, and connected to the outside by curved glass walls.
Kaba Door Systems
French doors at Countryside
Housebuilder Countryside Properties has installed Sheerframe windows from LB Plastics in its Reedlands development in Wynchwood Park, Crewe, Cheshire, after it changed its window specification from timber to PVCu. Each luxury house has up to 40 windows, including a conservatory and French door combination, to allow as much light into the building as possible. Local Sheerframe fabricator Crystal UPVC Window & Door Systems made and installed the windows.
Rainbow of double-glazing interlayers
Laminated glass specialist Vanceva's coloured glass interlayers have been used to dramatic effect on the Bleury Hall at the newly extended Palais des Congres in Montreal, Canada. The coloured interlayer is used between layers of laminated glass in combination with an insulated double-glazed unit. Vanceva is available in a range of patterns, colours and metallic combinations.
Window gets warm reception
The Aedas Architects-designed learning resources centre at Harper Adams University College in Newport, Shropshire, incorporates architectural aluminium specialist Technal's FXi65 window. The window has a 19 mm polyamide thermal break and gasket detailing that is Technal says enhance the window's thermal performance.