Senior brings light and space to new Cambridge school the first new secondary school to be built in Cambridge for 40 years, the recently completed Trumpington Community College has been given a bright and modern design that features aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems from Senior Architectural Systems.

Designed by Avanti Architects, the new school has been based on the Danish school models, which encourages large open plan and unstructured teaching areas and as such, boasts a light and spacious interior that has been accentuated by the extensive use of aluminium fenestration systems across all elevations.

Positioned around a central atrium that maximises the flow of natural light, the L shaped building features Senior’s thermally efficient SCW+ and SF52 curtain walling, SPW 300 aluminium tilt and turn windows and SPW501 aluminium commercial doors that are ideally suited for high traffic environments such as schools.  In keeping with the school’s sustainable design criteria, Senior’s thermally efficient SF52 structural silicone glazed curtain walling system has been installed to the entrances to the school and sports centre building and along the elevation that houses the kitchen and dining areas.

All Senior’s products have been fabricated and installed by Soundcraft Doors & Windows for main contractor Morgan Sindall.


Lighter Cat announced

Jaguar has announced its first 4-cylinder F-Type variant. The new model, which weighs 52kg less than a V6 F-Type, is powered by an aluminium Ingenium petrol engine.

Process improvements at Boal

Leading aluminium extruder Boal UK has announced significant investment to improve its processes.

“These changes are all about quality improvement, optimisation and the continuation of supply,” said Group Operations Director Tony Dingley.“Our largest press (9”/3250 Tonne) has undergone a number of renovations, which are now complete.

“We have had a full re-build on our log oven, which is used to heat aluminium logs before they are cut into billet length and pressed into extrusions. It’s important that we not only heat the logs but get a full heavy soak before we press them. This enables consistent dimensions and ageing properties.

“Other improvements include the pressure ring/die slides and rails, as well as a new container side cylinder and ‘C’ plate. This increases our ability to align the press, assisting us in getting dies run correctly first time. Refurbishment of the cooling tables has also helped to improve the handling of the profiles prior to aging. And finally, we have tuned the press, optimising the extrusion process.
On our largest press we run an isothermic control and monitored system, which maintains exit temperature by adapting to each extrusion. BOAL Extrusion in the UK produces over 24,000 tonnes each year, and we are excited about how these changes will streamline our processes for our customers in the months ahead.”

Powder Coating Pre-treatment guidance

The Aluminium Federation Finishing Group has issued guidance for customers and specifiers considering using powder coated aluminium for architectural applications.

The guidance, covering the pre-treatment options generally available in the UK, was issued in April 2017.