Specifier Review
curtain walling

AluK systems specified for Maes Yr Yrfa School

AluK (GB) doors, windows and curtain walling systems have been supplied for the refurbishment of the Maes Yr Yrfa School in Cefneithin, Wales. Specified by Lawray Architects, in collaboration with Kier Group and Nolan Commercial, AluK’s aluminium building systems were installed throughout the school building.

“We were introduced to AluK in 2009, when their products were specified for the Maes Yr Yrfa re-cladding project,” explains Chris Evans, Associate at Lawray Architects. “We worked closely with AluK’s technical department and representatives to ensure that the correct systems, in terms of aesthetics and robustness, were used. Since then, we’ve continued to specify AluK systems on almost all of our projects in South Wales”.


The SL52 Curtain Walling System, the 58BW Window System as well as the GT55 NI Door System were used throughout the entire wing.



Combining design flexibility with functionality, the SL52 Curtain Walling System helps to create impressive glass façades that enhance the aesthetics of a building; it also provides the performance required to meet and exceed current standards. “Although many curtain walling systems are similar, the technical knowledge and literature supplied by AluK made specifying and detailing easy for us,” says Chris Evans. “AluK also provided us with their support in terms of the solar shading design and AOV design for ventilation in the classrooms.”


Also installed was the AluK 58BW Window System, a cost effective, high performance solution that offers a wide range of configurations and formats to suit the building’s design. Certified under the Secured by Design scheme, this window system offers complete choice and flexibility.

The GT55 NI Door System, supplied for the school refurbishment project, is perfect for heavy traffic areas where no insulation is required. This system provides the ultimate in security, certified to LPS 1175:SR2 and by ‘Secured by Design’; it is one of the most secure swing door systems available on the market.

Chris Evans goes on to say: “In terms of innovation, AluK’s products such as the new thermally broken door system (GT55 TB), in our opinion, give them an edge over other manufacturers.  The results of the test data on AluK’s latest products also show the commitment of the manufacturer to drive their business forward and keep up with the ever changing demands of industry.”

AluK provides its partners with a complete specification and design service. As a part of its ongoing support the company has now issued a complete range of BIM components for their capped curtain walling system, windows and commercial doors. AluK’s South Wales testing facility is the only of its kind operated by an aluminium systems manufacturer in the UK, allowing to develop and test bespoke solutions quickly and effectively.

The project was completed in early 2012.