An ambitious refurbishment project to upgrade and reconfigure an office building located close to Manchester Airport has involved cladding and architectural glazing specialist, Dortech, installing MX52 curtain wall and other systems from Technal.

Now known as The Landing, the building was originally occupied by the gear and chain manufacturer, Renold, and was acquired by The Property Alliance Group to extend its ownership of the Trident Business Park: offering new tenants 18,000 sq ft of Grade A space, as well as access to sports facilities and a dedicated shuttle bus linking to the airport.

Following a competitive tender process, Dortech was awarded a contract by the main contractor to supply and install 150 m2 of visible grid and toggle style, MX52 curtain wall. The scope of the work also saw the Huddersfield based manufacturer producing two automatic opening PY doors and some 400 linear metres of bespoke aluminium flashings.

Importantly, in a location liable to suffer aircraft and other noise, the curtain walling and other Technal systems provide good acoustic insulation performance; with a sound reduction approaching 40 dB where the IG unit sizes demand larger glazing thicknesses for strength. Meanwhile Low-E, heat soaked toughened glass and argon filled cavities aid the thermally broken aluminium frames of the Technal system to achieve excellent thermal performance.

A spokesperson for the project team commented: “This was a performance driven specification under which the contractor wanted to work with Dortech as its façade specialist, and Dortech proposed the use of the Technal systems as it meets all of the project requirements.

“The specification set high performance values for the curtain walling and replacement windows in terms of thermal insulation and weather penetration. The work involved replacing the main entrance doors with two new sliding doors and stripping out the whole first floor gable wall – replacing it with fully glazed curtain wall, which now looks very striking.”

MX52 Visible Grid curtain walling offers specifiers the option of creating larger glazing areas due to the enhanced strength and reduced deflection of the transom sections. Varying IG unit thicknesses can be incorporated into the grid, with the option of concealed vents to achieve natural ventilation. There is also an additional option of a 62mm module for the MX Visible Grid vertical façade.

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