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January 2020

A refurbishment project to upgrade and reconfigure an office building close to Manchester Airport has involved DORTECHinstalling 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. 

Dortech was awarded a contract 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.

In a location liable to suffer aircraft and other noise, the curtain walling and other Technal systems provide sound reduction approaching 40 dB where the IG unit sizes demand larger glazing thicknesses for strength.

A spokesperson for the project team said: “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.”

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