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Glazed elements by Kawneer feature on the new Cardiff and Vale College.

Glazing elements by leading architectural aluminium systems supplierKawneer are featuring on the largestconstruction project in Cardiff which itself features one of the largestphotovoltaic arrays in the UK.

Kawneer's zone-drained AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50 and 65mmsightlines respectively, were specified with AA®541 top-hung casement windowsby architects BDP for all elevations on the new £45million Cardiff and ValeCollege. Kawneer's mullion-drained AA®100 curtain walling also features as thebespoke atrium rooflight.

Currently under construction on former industrial land south of thecity's central station by main contractor Willmott Dixon, the newstate-of-the-art college overlooking Cardiff Bay is due to open in autumn 2015.The Kawneer elements are being installed by approved specialist manufacturerand installer AB Glass.

Formed after the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren, thedistinctively shaped building will bring together education and trainingfacilities onto a single campus in the heart of the city. Its shape is designedto allow interior spaces to connect with south-facing terraces.

An over-sailing roof angled to accommodate a 1,850m2photovoltaic array will top a conference centre, gym, spa, beauty salons, shopsand a fine dining sky restaurant with views across the city to the MillenniumStadium, all of which will be open to the public seven days a week.

The merger came as part of the Welsh Government's bid to transformpost-16 education and training in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Thedevelopment is being backed by a £20million Welsh Government grant.

Welsh Government Education Minister Leighton Andrews said: “Whencompleted, this impressive new building will become a focal point for learners,employers and communities, helping to drive forward economic activity withinthe region.”


Image: BDP 


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