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Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on a hotel at the heart of a businesspark.


Architectural glazing by Kawneer was specified for a major hotel chain’s first village resort in Scotland ... and for a departure indesign detailing for the business park it is located on.



Kawneer’s AA®110 zone/mullion-drained curtain walling, with 65mmsightlines, has been used alongside the manufacturer’s AA®541 top-hung casementand AA®543 tilturn windows and series 190 heavy-duty commercial entrance doorsthroughout the £14million De Vere Village Urban Resort at the Prime FourBusiness Park in Kingswells near Aberdeen.


The aluminium systems were specified by frequent Kawneer users HallidayFraser Munro architects for their “familiarity with the use of the systemsthrough past projects”.


The four-star resort on a high-profile three-acre former greenfield sitein the park comprises a 148-bedroom hotel with restaurant, bar and conference andleisure facilities including a 25m swimming pool, luxury health spa, gymnasiumand fitness suites as well as  aStarbucks coffee outlet.


The building was designed by Halliday Fraser Munro with four andthree-storey bedroom blocks above the restaurant and public areas at groundfloor and the leisure facilities contained within a two-storey block to the rear,with  conference facilities also on theground floor.


The restaurant and public areas are orientated to open out onto TheFourcourt – a high-class amenities hub which acts as the central point for parkevents, providing a sense of community, interaction and a buzzing social venue.


Built over 12 months by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine for thepark’s developers Drum Property Group, the complex is of steel frame structurewith bathroom pods and granite and aluminium rainscreen cladding in keepingwith Aberdeen’s heritage but also reflecting the modernity required in abusiness park of this nature.


Part of the park’s Phase 2 development, and employing more than 100people, it is expected to play a major role in generating economic activity forthe north-east of Scotland for many years to come.


Halliday Fraser Munro design director Graham Martin said: “The buildinghad to fit into the design guidelines that had been approved for the overallbusiness park. But given the unique nature of the building use, and theprominent location at the highest point on the site, a landmark building couldbe considered.


“As it fitted into the design guidance the planners were very receptive.The change in colour of the materials from other buildings on the site wasaccepted as this site was identified for a landmark building.”


He added: “The curtain walling was designed to create large, clean panesof glass with the black granite rainscreen cladding frame accentuating thedifference in planes. The curtain walling and granite surrounds are fundamentalto the overall aesthetics of the building, creating a framed set of elevations.”


He also said that aluminium’s sustainability was always a considerationbut had not been the primary reason for specifying it.


“The ground floor areas with large expanses of glass overlooking TheFourcourt become visible at night and help to create a lively heart to thePrime Four development. The client is delighted with the overall aesthetics ofthe building.”


David Cation, pre-contract director of Kawneer-approved specialistsub-contractor Charles Henshaw & Sons, said: “The mixed use of the building– bedrooms, coffee shop and gymnasium – demonstrates the suitability andversatility of Kawneer glazing systems in each environment while maintainingthe continuity of appearance.”




Photo: David Cation

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