Project Details

Architect: BDP Clerkenwell
Fabricator: Project Aluminium
Main Contractor: Wates Construction
Project Value: £162K
Systems Used: Comar 5P.i, 6, 7 Auto & 7P.i
Location: Bracknell, Berks

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Project Aluminium Ltd., recently completed a new flagship Waitrose store in Bracknell, Berkshire. Waitrose’s greenest store to date and part of their commitment to promoting a green agenda, this 25,000 sq ft store is delivering a key part of the town centre’s regeneration programme and has created new jobs for local people. Incorporating new pioneering sustainability features that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a staggering 80%, this innovative store is the first to trial biodiversity features including a ‘living wall’ and a ‘bug’ hotel.

Comar 5P.i tilt and turn windows and Comar 7P.i doors were selected. Polyamide Insulated (P.i) window and door systems provide exceptional thermal performance in a market where energy efficient designs and meeting the demands of the latest building regulations are paramount. For the sleek modern facade, Comar 6 curtain walling was specified. Comar 6 curtain walling is a versatile thermally efficient system designed to integrate panels and glass of different widths into the facade with special profiles to include opening vents and doors. The design of Comar 6 makes it ideal for complex facetted curtain walls as well as sheer glazed facades.

In a busy retail environment, Comar 7 commercial door sets are a natural choice. Not only are they available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding, they have been designed specifically for applications where high traffic solutions are required.

For safety, the Comar 7 doors were fitted with anti-finger trap stiles, Axim soft touch panic exit devices and Axim concealed transom closers which were hung directly from the Comar 6 frame. All aluminium systems were finished in polyester powder coat, White RAL 7012 for the interior and Grey RAL 7012 for the exterior.

All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing.  Project Aluminium Ltd, liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines.