Staircases are one of the most vital transition elements in architecture; they are designed to connect two spaces, whether it is interior to exterior or different internal levels. The positioning of a staircase in a multi-level building will always be vital, but now it is just as essential to create a design visual and consider the staircase as a main feature. Using metal mesh for the balustrades or panel railings on the staircase is not only a great option for safety but also pushes the design boundaries, writes Anthony Millington, Business Development Manager at Amron Architectural.
Residential refurbishment projects have many targets to fulfil, critical amongst these being adherence to updated health and safety directives and adaptations to current energy efficiency goals. Housing standards also dictate provision for maintenance and upkeep and facilities for greater social integration. However, not to be overlooked or forgotten is the visual impact and the positive effect that a transformed building can have on an area and its community.
Architects and interior designers are always looking for novel approaches to create inviting spaces. Amongst these approaches, we are seeing an increase in the use of metal meshes both from the point of view that they are generally made from recycled material in the case of aluminium and steel – but also the style and look of them has that upcycled feel that we are all trying to be more conscious of, writes Anthony Millington, Business Development Manager at Amron Architectural.
Richard Besant talks us through the important revisions to the European standard for powder coating and outlines further measures to ensure the highest possible performance of your powder-coated finish.
Senior Architectural Systems is encouraging specifiers to consider the use of colour in fenestration design and how the use of powder coating can not only help reduce maintenance requirements, but also offer essential design flexibility in the age of social distancing.
Richard Besant, Director of Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, discusses ‘Anomatch™’;
As one of the UK’s foremost architectural powder coaters, specialising in distinctive shades and textures, Powdertech Corby has created a stunning bespoke shade for external cladding on the Blackhorse Mills development in Walthamstow, North East London.
Retail parks are increasingly paying attention to the colours and textures used to decorate their units, giving them character and making the sites more appealing to visit and work within. Team Valley Retail Park, Gateshead, is no exception. For a suite of new retail units, designers concentrated on using shades and textures that address both style and sustainability in the materials they use and the appearance they present.
Powdertech Corby has been coating 1950s-style steel window frames for the iconic Grade ll listed BBC Television Centre building at White City, which has been reopened as a housing, leisure and office development, with four BBC studios remaining at the site.
Evolution™, Powdertech’s latest architectural powder coatings collection, is fascinating, daring and unusual. It is also a highly reliable metal finishing system for aluminium, galvanised steel and mild steel and carries the Powdertech 25-year colour, gloss and adhesion guarantee . Every Evolution finish is produced anew at the time of application and is unique for each customer. Combining flashes of one colour across a second gives a consistent inconsistency, mirroring the authentic variations in patina that occur as metals age and weather.