Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Aluprof Making an Entrance

Offering some of the highest insulation levels achievable in commercial aluminium doors and windows, Aluprof have recently supplied systems for the new Premier Inn in Salford Central, Manchester.

Designed by RHWL Architects, the recently completed 143 bedroom, £12.5 million Premier Inn development is located on a half acre site at the corner of Irwell Street and Stanley Street. The development includes a bar and restaurant which capitalises on its south facing riverside location. The new hotel and restaurant, are located within the new ‘Chapel Street’ development and will support the nearby recently completed Grade A office and commercial properties at the ‘New Bailey’ development. Both developments make up the £650 million ‘Salford Central’ scheme.

Salford Central, which is made up the two inter-dependent, but distinct areas, will create around 11,000 new jobs and will provide 220,000 square metres of commercial space, 849 new homes and in total provide 390 hotel rooms.

Entrance doors on commercial schemes such as the Premier Inn, Salford Central, are in use constantly, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year. Both the door system used and the operating gear has to be capable of withstanding such traffic, including to some extent an amount of abuse due to poorly handled luggage. The sliding door system chosen for the installation on the project comes from the Aluprof portfolio of commercial systems. The MB-DPA system which is a dedicated range of aluminium profiles specifically designed for use in heavy duty commercial sliding door sets.

 As the project had to achieve both high levels of insulation as well as high levels of sound attenuation, as it is located on a busy route into the city of Manchester, specialist DG units were specified on the project which included 14.4 mm sound control laminated glass made up into double and triple glazed units. The MB-DPA system is capable of carrying units up to 37 mm in width and is optionally thermally broken using polyamide strips.

Other ground floor swing doors on the project were constructed using Aluprof’s MB 86 ST system, which is a high thermal performance rebated window/door system which meets the high specification required on the project. These doors are a mix of ground floor panelled access doors and glazed fire escape doors. All door systems were powder coated to RAL 9010 matt.

Sound attenuation was further enhanced in the bedrooms where triple glazing was required using 8.4 mm sound control laminated glass in a unit which was almost 50 mm in thickness. Aluprof’s MB TT50 was chosen for this application as it also offers a high level of frame insulation to complement the high acoustic and insulation performance of the DG unit. All windows were dual colour with matching RAL 9010 matt outside with RAL 7022 matt internally. The corner detailed curtain wall areas were made from Aluprof’s MB SR50N HI+ utilising a 39mm thickness, sound control laminated, glass DG units and finished in a single colour construction in RAL 9010 matt.

The MB-TT50 and MB-SR50N HI+ systems are designed for constructing large glazed walls in hotels or public buildings such as banks, office towers, administration buildings or sports halls. Systems can also be used for building curtain walls, ceilings and other spatial structures. They allow the creation of large glazing in buildings while ensuring excellent insulation, which has been recognised by the PHI Institute in Darmstadt. Consequently, these products may be used in the construction of passive buildings. At the moment, only three curtain wall systems are certified A + by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, and this includes the two above-mentioned Aluprof systems.

The installation was completed by Leicester based, Norman & Underwood, Director Ross Hedley, takes up the story:
“The project was a challenging one, as during the design stages we had to demonstrate that we could achieve the high levels insulation and acoustic performance. The broad range of Aluprof systems allowed us to achieve the specification.”
A wide range of door systems are available from Aluprof, these include commercial and residential doors systems, swing, sliding, sliding folding as well as roller shutter garage doors. Aluprof also specialise in fire rated door systems and screens with are approved under the ‘Certifire’ scheme. Aluminium doors and screens can be designed to achieve up to EI120 ratings. With a complete range of systems Aluprof also offer a bespoke design service where profiles can be designed to achieve the most demanding of applications.

With their UK base in Altrincham, Aluprof systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies across the UK. Details on the companies bespoke solutions can be found on the Project Specific and Bespoke Solutions brochure

Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice is available from Aluprof on 0161 941 4005.

Aluprof UK Limited (Metalplast Bielsko SA)
Unit A5
Altrincham Business Park
Stuart Road
WA14 5GJ
United Kingdom

tel. 0161 941 4005

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