Senior Architectural Systems Delivers the Fenestration Package for Two Landmark Schemes

As the UK’s largest privately owned aluminium fenestration systems manufacturer and winner of a prestigious Kings Award for Enterprise in Innovation, Senior Architectural Systems is not a company to stand still. Here we take a look at two of the company’s recently completed contracts both of which are leading the way in sustainable construction methods to become ‘firsts’ in their sectors.

A closer look at the UK’s first carbon-neutral built community arena

The new Canon Medical Arena in Sheffield has been designed by architects Bond Bryan and aims to address inequality in the city by providing significant employment opportunities as well as offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ preventative healthcare service. The centre will be home to cutting-edge diagnostic imaging systems which will help to relieve post-Covid waiting lists and allow residents to receive early intervention where needed. It is also the new permanent home of the Sheffield Sharks and Sheffield Hatters, as well as the RESPECT programme, which aims to provide young people with better access to sports and health education.

The striking building puts sustainability into practice and achieving carbon-neutral status was only possible through the careful specification of building materials. Senior’s aluminium fenestration systems, which offer full cradle to cradle recyclability, were the ideal choice.

Senior’s SF52 curtain wall system has been used to create the arena’s modern façade, offering attractive slim sightlines and design flexibility without compromising on exceptional thermal performance. Senior’s SD aluminium commercial doors were selected to complement the use of the SF52 curtain wall system and provide a robust solution for such a high traffic application. Both Senior products were expertly fabricated and installed by specialist contractor MIS Architectural Aluminium Rotherham on behalf of main contractor Beboys.

Going the distance at the UK’s first carbon neutral bus station

Senior’s varied order book has also seen the manufacturer involved in another landmark scheme – the new St. Margaret’s Bus Station in Leicester which has also been designed and built to achieve carbon-neutral status.

Designed by architects BDP, the creation of St Margaret’s Bus Station was supported by the allocation of £10.5 million from the Getting Building Fund, a government scheme designed to deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure across the country. With space for 24 bus bays, the striking building has been designed with sustainability at its heart, and features LED lighting, solar panels, electric bus charging points, and a glazed concourse for maximising natural light and reducing energy consumption.

Senior’s popular SF52 curtain wall system has been used throughout as it offers the perfect combination of design flexibility and enhanced thermal performance. The system has been weather tested and offers full cradle to cradle recyclability, making it the ideal choice for meeting the bus station’s sustainability credentials. Senior’s SPW501 aluminium door system was also selected for St Margaret’s Bus Station thanks to its suitability for high traffic commercial environments. Both Senior products were fabricated and installed by Elite Aluminium Systems Ltd for main contractor Morgan Sindall.

Senior – the sustainable choice

As all of Senior’s extensive range of fenestration systems are manufactured from responsibly sourced, low carbon aluminium, contractors and their customers don’t have to compromise on choice to achieve their sustainability targets. The range includes Senior’s patented PURe® collection of aluminium windows and doors that can achieve ultra-low U-values and can be coordinated with other solutions, including its thermally-enhanced aluminium curtain wall systems and louvre guard system which provides controlled ventilation.

From helping to minimise embodied carbon through its UK based manufacturing and distribution facility, to ensuring compliance with Part L and Passivhaus targets, Senior is committed to supporting the industry’s journey to Net Zero.

To discuss your next project and how Senior’s team of regionally based technical sales managers can help, please get in touch using the details below.

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