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Kawneer wins key partnership with Sunesis

Sunesis has appointed Kawneer as an approved supplier.

Leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has secured the contract to supply glazing systems to Sunesis, the joint venture between Scape Group, the local authority owned built environment specialist, and main contractor Willmott Dixon to deliver pre-designed primary school buildings.

Founded in 2010, the venture’s aim is to drive an evolutionary change in educational buildings procurement, delivering new schools for a fixed price with absolute certainty of specification and programmes as short as 26 weeks.

In the past six years, it has successfully delivered more than £100million of new education facilities to private and public sector clients, providing more than 8,500 new primary school places.

Kawneer is now the preferred supplier for Sunesis and will provide AA®100 curtain walling, AA®541 BRE Green Guide A+-rated casement windows, and series 190 heavy-duty external entrance doors for future Sunesis’ Keynes2, Paxton2 and Dewey school models.

The Keynes2 model features the organisation of classrooms around a large multi-functional central ‘street’ equivalent in size to four classrooms. Constructed without a single load-bearing wall, this model can be reconfigured when needed, with the 1FEN model designed to be easily extendable up to 2FEN provision.

The Paxton2 model comprises two parallel arcs connected by a central corridor. This arrangement ensures each classroom is linked directly to external space and the reception outdoor areas are kept separate from older children with options for a dedicated covered play area.

The building uses natural ventilation in the principal teaching areas and roof lights provide high levels of daylight to the centre of the plan. It is available in 1.5FE and 2FE sizes and its frame design makes it easy to extend in the future.

The Dewey is an efficient multi-storey building suited to urban sites where space is often at a premium. It is available in 2FE and 3FE, each with a further option to add a nursery. Designed around a regular modular arrangement, it features outstanding teaching spaces, including BB103 recommended 60m2 classrooms throughout.

As part of the new two-year framework agreement Kawneer will deliver technical support at every stage, from initial concept design at BIM Level 2 and the preparation of specifications, through to installation through the manufacturer’s national network of approved specialist sub-contractors.

Kawneer sales and marketing director Mark Clemson said: “This new partnership with Sunesis takes our long-standing involvement with Scape and Willmott Dixon to a whole new level and we are delighted to have secured this much sought after supply chain framework.”



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Kawneer is the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural aluminium systems. Kawneer is also part of the Alcoa Company, the world’s leading producer of aluminium and alumina, active in all major segments of the industry including mining, refining, smelting, fabrication and recycling. Based in Runcorn, Cheshire, the company operates a nation-wide network of fully trained authorised dealers, which fabricate and install its precision-engineered curtain walling, framing, window and door systems. The dealer network is supported by a dedicated project engineering team, which also works directly with the specifier to provide sophisticated technical and design support tailored to meet the needs of any project, large or small.

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