Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Charter Commercial; recently completed a new build project for Prodrive’s prestigious new headquarters in Banbury. Prodrive best known for motorsport relocated its HQ to a new larger facility next to the M40 motorway, less than a mile from its previous home. The new facility will be Prodrive’s third headquarters, originally based at Silverstone in 1984, they moved to Banbury in 1986. The single 110,000 sq ft structure offers more flexibility to Prodrive’s motorsport and advanced technology businesses and allows for a far more efficient operation.
Comar 5P.i. Top Hung and Casement thermally efficient polyamide insulated windows were specified. These aluminium windows offer outstanding weather performance and reduce heat loss through the trademark P.i thermal break ensuring low U-values so energy bills are minimised.
Comar 6 stick build curtain walling is a versatile thermally efficient system designed to integrate panels and glass of different widths into the façade 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. Comar 6 was selected due to its slim 50mm profiles which maximised the glazed area for natural day lighting.
In a busy HQ environment, Comar 7P.i Pivot Commercial Doors 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. Comar systems were finished in a dual colour, using RAL 9010 White Matt internally and RAL 7000 Grey Matt for the building external facade.
All Comar approved fabricators are required to have the technical expertise to attend pre-site meetings and provide detailing. Charter Commercial liaised closely with the specifiers to provide design advice and detailing which ensured the project ran smoothly and met site deadlines.
Project name: Prodrive Headquarters
Architects: AJA Architects LLP
Fabricator: Charter Commercial
Main Contractor: A & H Construction
Project Value: £149,000
Systems Used: Comar 5P.i Casement/Top Hung, 6 (Stick Build), 7P.i CD (Pivot)
Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire