Glazing package helps light up campus


CMS Window Systems manufactured aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling for the new £78 million Forth Valley College in Falkirk.

The company was tasked by main contractor Balfour Beatty to deliver the complete glazing package in a project lasting 21 months. The campus, designed by Reiach & Hall and Keppie Architects, opened its doors to students earlier this year.

CMS delivered more than 5,400 square metres of curtain walling, while 1,100 square metres of windows and doors were manufactured for the three teaching blocks.

The new building is designed around a steel frame structure supporting precast flooring with masonry external walls including curtain walling and cladding. Metal Technology aluminium systems were specified for here, including its System 17 capped and silicone pointed curtain walling, System 5-20D doors and System 4-35 windows. The architect specified the use of three surface finishes dependant on the location: RAL 7016 anthracite grey, AA25 silver natural anodised, and RAL 9002 grey white.

Working on a solution developed by CMS, Metal Technology also extruded two new bespoke aluminium profiles for use within the courtyard areas: a ‘bird mouth’ feature external face cap to the curtain walling and a vertical cladding profile to strips of glazing between the windows.