Infinite views with Hi-Finity corner
The staircase is followed externally with diagonal lines lifting Reynaers’ CW 50 Structurally Clamped curtain walling up into the cantilever, where visitors are then welcomed into a first-storey meeting room that boasts floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass. The Hi-Finity open-corner sliding door system means a complete removal of barriers between indoors and outdoors and a feeling of weightlessness.
Charcoal façades create a rhythmic feel, offset with panels of glazing to add verticality. The building is north-facing with no solar gain in the summer, meaning that office staff sit behind the first-storey run of glass, an open-plan working environment flooded with natural light and fresh air. A mixture of mechanical and natural ventilation is integrated, including Reynaers CS 77 Parallel Opening Windows and hidden-vent CS 86 High Insulation tilt/turn windows.
The high quality of materials and adventure into the design reflects the prominence of the building and of the aluminium systems company in the glazing industry. Reynaers made a £6 million investment in the facility due to its ongoing success in the UK commercial and residential markets, as well as its new avenue of trade suppliers.
For John McComb, Technical Director at Reynaers, the Centre represents years of growth and provides a perfect platform for the future of the aluminium systems company. He said: "I’ve been with Reynaers for more than 20 years and our old premises was tired, we’d long outgrown it. Our new UK headquarters needed to showcase where we are, at the cutting edge of glazing systems technology, as well as giving us room to further grow in years to come. The old building was less than five miles away so the transition was completed smoothly, and visitors are responding to it really well – it’s very different to our industrial neighbours".