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KAWNEER Curtain Walling To Star In Pioneering Redevelopment

Unitised or off-site modular curtain walling by leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer is to feature on a pioneering redevelopment in Scotland.

Kawneer’s AA®201 curtain walling will be installed by specialist contractor Charles Henshaw & Sons on St Andrew House - the first office block to hotel conversion project in Scotland to benefit from the Business Premises Renovation Allowances Scheme, a Government initiative to encourage the conversion and renovation of empty properties in key areas.

Charles Henshaw is expected to start work for main contractor Mansell Construction Services this summer and be on site on West Nile Street in central Glasgow for five months, working to a design by Ryder Architecture for developer Regent Capital Plc.

The £27.5 million, 14,500m² project involves stripping a two- to three-storey retail podium, which will remain occupied during the work, and the disused 17-storey office block back to their reinforced concrete structure and refurbishing and recladding them with the Kawneer unitised curtain walling incorporating insulated panels and glass units.

The tower, which was one of the first high-rise buildings in the city when it was built in the 1960s, will become a 210-bedroom Premier Inn hotel. Visual connection between the tower and podium will be made through the use of irregular strips of recessed windows that create a clear vertical emphasis.

Tom Lamb, managing director of Kawneer-approved installer Charles Henshaw & Son said: “St Andrew House is a logistically complex project, with installation taking place on a very tight site above working shop units, which made unitised curtain wall the best option.”

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