Kawneer systems feature on a landmark in a city of learning

Glazing systems from Kawneer feature on a Grosvenor development in Cambridge.

Elements of the whole range of Kawneer’s architectural aluminium systems feature on the most central and prestigious new development in Cambridge for years.

Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain walling, which is structurally silicone glazed and mullion drained, was specified by Glenn Howells Architects for Parkside Place, along with AA®3110 horizontal sliding windows, and AA®603 light-duty tilt slide doors, AA®605 low/medium-duty swing doors and series 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors.

The £17.5million mixed-use development comprises four blocks of luxury apartments, one of which is eight storeys and curved on plan to soften the corner of a major intersection overlooking the 24-acre open grassland of Parker’s Piece – one of the city’s major parks.

Some of the 99 mixed-tenure apartments were built over the replacement Parkside Fire Station, located amidst the city’s central colleges, just a stone’s throw from the main shopping and entertainment areas, Grand Arcade and Grafton Shopping Centre.

The new fire station is expected to save substantially on the estimated £4million running costs of the old facility on the site which was demolished to make way for the mixed-use development. Firefighters were based on a temporary site owned by the Territorial Army while the work took place over almost two years.

The project features a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, some of them duplex, and one penthouse, with larger than average rooms designed with a special focus on aspects and layout. It also includes a single, highly-visible, ground-floor 1,9872ft retail unit with planning permission for A3 use.

The Kawneer systems were installed by approved specialist sub-contractor Drayton Windows for main contractor Willmott Dixon for their first contract with client Grosvenor Developments.