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WICONA Windows frame historic skyline for York Insurance company

The creation of a new corporate headquarters and customer interface facility for a York based insurance company has seen high performance systems from the WICONA range employed to help achieve the client’s ambitions of building a stylish and sustainable property, including attaining a BREEAM rating of Very Good.

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WICONA Finder

Following its relaunch, the renowned WICONA Finder is proving itself attractive and dynamic.

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6,000m2 of Curtain Walling for elegant new apartments scheme in leafy London suburb

Chiswick Point is an elegant new mixed-use development by Bellway Homes in the London suburb of Chiswick, which features more than 6,000m2 of high performance aluminium curtain walling from Wicona, as well as window systems and a new lifting sliding balcony door.

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The façades of four buildings entirely replaced with WICONA curtain walling

The façades of four buildings at Velocity Village – one of the largest mixed-use developments in Yorkshire – have been entirely replaced using 14,000m² of curtain walling from Wicona.

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Specially-adapted façade solution from WICONA helps to create a new landmark for the University of Leeds

Specially-adapted façade systems from Wicona have been specified for a new £26m library – a magnificent and inspirational undergraduate facility for the University of Leeds, one of the largest universities in the UK.

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WICONA launches its most technically advanced sliding door system to date

Wicona has announced its most recent innovation with the launch of the WICSLIDE 160 – a new aluminium lifting sliding system, which takes balcony door technology to the next level.

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Large span window and balcony door solutions from WICONA for new luxury apartments scheme

One Westbourne Gardens is an exceptional new residential development in the heart of Bayswater in West London which has provided a collection of nine striking apartments featuring specially-engineered large span aluminium picture windows and balcony door solutions from Wicona.

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5,000m2 of high specification WICONA Curtain Walling for flagship regeneration scheme in Glasgow

A high specification glass and aluminium façade has been created using advanced curtain walling solutions from Wicona for a £24 million regeneration project overlooking the River Clyde in Glasgow.

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Specially adapted WICONA windows for one of the most prominent and challenging new buildings in Hamburg

The Chamber of Commerce Innovations Campus (HKIC) in Hamburg is a unique building which has a radical design that successfully overcame a series of significant project challenges.

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European industry first for WICONA for sustainable façade systems

Wicona has become the first aluminium façade systems supplier in Europe to use recycled polyamide for thermal breaks. 

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WICONA launches new software tool to support façade design

Aluminium façade specialist, Wicona, has developed a new software tool to radically reduce the time required for the production of 2D and 3D drawings and 3D renders.

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WICONA façade solution for award-winning transport interchange

The team behind the new landmark Transport Interchange in Rochdale has been celebrating a series of award successes and recognition for excellence in architecture and engineering.

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WICONA FENESTRATION SOLUTIONS FOR NEW LUXURY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT NEW PROVIDENCE WHARF IN LONDON

Over 1,000 high performance aluminium windows and balcony doors from Wicona will be installed at a new luxury residential development now under construction in London's Docklands.

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MAGNIFICENT DOUBLE SKIN GLASS FAÇADE CREATED USING WICONA GLAZING SYSTEMS

The new headquarters for the publishing group, Tamedia, features specially-adapted aluminium glazing systems from Wicona, which have helped to create a magnificent and highly sustainable glass and timber building in the heart of Zurich’s media district.

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Refurbished university building featuring Wicona glazing wins façade award

The refurbishment of a high-rise building at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, which features a highly distinctive, bespoke façade solution from Wicona, has received the prestigious ‘German Façade Prize’ for its curtain walling.

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Europe's first building to have integrated hydropower generation

A highly innovative, bespoke and energy-efficient aluminium and glass façade solution has been developed and engineered by Wicona for a new landmark transport interchange in Rochdale – the first in Europe to use integrated hydropower.

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Wicona releases BIM components for its façade systems
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WICONA façade systems specified for 2014 winter Olympic projects

Façade systems from Wicona have been specified for two projects for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games – the new Krasnaya Polyana Railway Station and the luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel in the host city of Sochi.

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Bespoke façade solutions for award-winning hospital building in germany

An energy-efficient aluminium and glass façade for an award-winning surgical department at the University Hospital in Ulm, South Germany, has been created using bespoke curtain walling and window solutions from Wicona.

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WICONA expands façade product range with WICTEC curtain walling suite

Wicona has expanded its product range in Ireland, with the launch of the WICTEC aluminium curtain walling suite.

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New design manuals for façades and windows

Even in the computer age, printed information has still retained its value, as the new WICONA design manuals for façades and windows amply demonstrate. They were produced on the basis of suggestions from the market and are intended for practical everyday use by architects and metal construction workers.

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WICONA BESPOKE FAÇADE SOLUTION FOR NEW LANDMARK HEADQUARTERS IN THE BLACK FOREST

A highly innovative, bespoke and energy-efficient aluminium and glass façade solution has been developed and engineered by Wicona for a new landmark headquarters scheme in the Black Forest in Germany for Testo AG – the world’s leading supplier of portable measuring technology.

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WICONA LAUNCHES ITS MOST ADVANCED ALUMINIUM CASEMENT WINDOW RANGE TO DATE

Aluminium façade specialist, Wicona, has launched a new range of high performance casement windows, WICLINE evo – its most advanced window series to date.

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Joint venture of the Profiles, Building Systems and Precision Tubing operations of Sapa and Hydro

Today is the first day of Sapa AS – the newly formed Joint venture of the Profiles, Building Systems and Precision Tubing operations of Sapa and Hydro. Combining the two businesses, we bring together strong local presence and technical expertise with an unmatched network, on all continents.

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WICONA LAUNCHES FULL RANGE OF CURTAIN WALLING, WINDOW AND DOOR SYSTEMS IN THE UK

Following the success of its bespoke façade solutions, Wicona has launched a range of technically advanced and high performance aluminium curtain walling, window and door systems in the UK for a comprehensive range of applications.

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ENERGY-EFFICIENT WICONA FAÇADE FOR AWARD-WINNING NEW CONFERENCE CENTRE IN GERMANY

An energy-efficient aluminium and glass façade for a new award-winning conference centre in the historic town of Heidenheim in Germany has been created using curtain walling, window and door systems from Wicona.

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WICONA LAUNCHES ‘IDEAS’ APP FOR ARCHITECTS AND SPECIFIERS

Aluminium façade specialist, Wicona, has launched an iPad app for its Wicona Finder architectural database – an invaluable source of innovative design ideas for curtain walling, window and door solutions.

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WICONA roof glazing contributes to stunning performing arts auditorium at YARM SCHOOL

One of the most impressive performing arts centres to be built at a school in the UK features a bespoke roof glazing solution from Wicona.

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BESPOKE WICONA FAÇADE FOR ACCLAIMED GERMAN NATIONAL LIBRARY

BESPOKE WICONA FAÇADE SOLUTIONS FOR ACCLAIMED GERMAN NATIONAL LIBRARY PROJECT IN LEIPZIG. The internationally-acclaimed extension to the German National Library in Leipzig features a series of bespoke façade solutions from Wicona.

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BAU fair 2013: Ideas become built reality

The BAU exhibition in Munich was once again a huge success for WICONA: the visitor’s feed-back on the stand was extremely positive. The stand design, the welcome by the team and of course the new innovations could more than meet all expectations. The new solutions for aluminium curtain walls, windows, doors, fire protection and software were scrutinized in detail and found broad approval.

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WICONA CURTAIN WALLING FOR GLASGOW VELODROME

The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have just been completed, creating a new world class sporting landmark for Scotland. Curtain walling from Wicona was specified for this fantastic venue, which will be the showpiece for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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NEW ANTARCTIC RESEARCH STATION IS COMPLETED FEATURING WICONA GLAZING SYSTEMS

High performance aluminium glazing systems from Wicona are set to withstand some of the most extreme climatic conditions on earth, following the completion of a new research station in the Antarctic.

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WICONA DEVELOPS BESPOKE UNITISED FAÇADE SOLUTION FOR NEW 50-STOREY TOWER IN FRANKFURT

A new 50-storey office scheme in Frankfurt – now Germany’s fourth tallest building – incorporates 3,000 opening vents and two bespoke aluminium façade solutions developed by Wicona.

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Hydro and Orkla to form the world's leading aluminium solutions provider
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Wicona Façade Solutions Specified for First Business Centre in Goriska Region of Slovenia

The first business centre in the Goriska region of Slovenia has been completed, creating a new ‘vertical city’. This ambitious project, which is set to bring new life into the town of Nova Gorica, features a range of aluminium façade solutions from Wicona.

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Wicona Glazing Systems Specified for New Polar Research Centre in Antarctica

A new Indian research station in the Antarctic is to feature high performance aluminium glazing systems from Wicona, which will have to withstand some of the most extreme conditions on earth.

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The New Hartlepool College - One of the Largest UK Applications of Wicona Roof Glazing

One of the largest UK applications of Wicona’s Wictec 50 aluminium roof glazing system has been completed at the new £53m Hartlepool College of Further Education.

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One of The World's Most Sustainable Office Buildings Wins Global Best Tall Building Award

The stunning new headquarters building for KfW Bank in Frankfurt, which features extensive use of Wicona unitised curtain walling, has won a major global architectural award.

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Greenwashing: Is this a Potential Credibility Issue for Aluminium?

“A producer promoting recycled content above 90 per cent is 'greenwashing' its metal”, according to Hydro's Roland Scharf‑Bergmann who issued a warning in a speech at the Metal Bulletin conference in Istanbul.

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How to specify roof-glazing - some key considerations for building designers

In this article, Ian Smith, Senior Manager at aluminium façade specialists Wicona, looks at some of the challenges and key considerations for specifying roof glazing.

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WICONA's highly sustainable test centre generates 60 per cent more electricity than it needs for its own operations

In its first year of operation, the new dedicated test centre for Wicona’s façade products – one of the first energy-positive industrial buildings in Europe – has generated 60 per cent more electricity than it needs for its own consumption.

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WICONA roof glazing - now available in the UK

The highly engineered Wicona Wictec 50 roof glazing system is now available in the UK. Developed in Germany, this provides a highly efficient solution for glazed roofs which has been used extensively internationally on a wide range of technically challenging projects.

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WICONA façade concept wins major award for innovation at BAU 2011

Wicona has won a major award for innovation for its aluminium façade concept, TEmotion, at BAU 2011 – the world’s leading event for architecture, materials and systems which takes place in Munich every two years.

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The Cube is unveiled - the largest UK application of WICONA unitised curtain walling

The Cube in Birmingham has been unveiled. Featuring 20,000 Wicona unitised panels that form a dramatic, glistening façade, the project is the UK’s largest application of Wicona’s façade system.

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Sheffield's tallest building is completed - featuring 6,000sqm of WICONA unitised curtain walling

The tallest building in Sheffield has been completed. The 32-storey tower, designed by Conran & Partners, features 6,000sqm of Wicona unitised curtain walling, delivered in a £5m façade contract by Solaglas Contracting in partnership with Wicona.

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Unitised façades - an off-site solution for the building envelope

Ian Smith from Wicona, looks at the increasing demand for unitised façades, the advantages of this innovative approach to the building envelope, and progress on site at Wicona's largest project to date in the UK.

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The Cube moves a step nearer to completion with the installation of 20,000 WICONA unitised panels to form a glistening metallic façade

The final phase of Birmingham’s highly successful development, The Mailbox, has moved a step nearer to completion with the installation of the final Wicona unitised panels that form a dramatic façade. Designed by Make, The Cube is an exceptional £100m 23-storey mixed-use scheme, which is pushing the boundaries of design and construction. It is inspired by the jewellery and engineering heritage of the city, and is based on the concept of a jewellery box.

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WICONA opens new dedicated test centre - one of europe's 1st ever energy neutral industrial buildings

Hydro Building Systems has opened a new dedicated test centre for its Wicona brand of façade products – one of the first energy neutral industrial buildings in Europe.

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Tornado Tower wins major international award

The accolade for Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa was won by the Tornado Tower, awarded by the US-based Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) - the world's leading authority on the design, construction and development of tall buildings.

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Construction advances on Sheffield

Installation of 6,000sqm of Wicona unitised curtain walling is now well underway as part of the construction of a 32-storey tower, which will be Sheffield’s tallest building. The £5m façade contract is being delivered by Solaglas Contracting in partnership with Wicona Projects.

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University research facility featuring WICONA double skin façade winds RIBA award for architectural excellence

The Beatson Cancer Research Facility at the University of Glasgow, which was constructed using Wicona unitised curtain walling, has won an RIBA Award for architectural excellence.

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WICONA curtain walling helps to create a storm in Doha

More than 30,000sqm of Wicona unitised curtain walling have been used to striking effect for the Tornado Tower on the shores of Doha Bay in Qatar.

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Double skin façade for award-winning research centre constructed using WICONA unitised curtain walling

The double skin façade for the multi award-winning Beatson Cancer Research Facility at the University of Glasgow, was constructed using Wicona unitised curtain walling.

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WICONA expands fabricator network for unitised façades

Façade specialist, Wicona Projects, is expanding its network of fabricators in the UK, with the announcement that AC Yule is to move into unitised and more complex façade projects.

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Unitised curtain walling - how to apply modern methods of construction to the building envelope

Ian Smith, Senior Manager for Wicona Projects, part of Hydro Building Systems – Europe’s largest supplier of aluminium building systems, discusses the increased demand for unitised curtain walling, the advantages of the approach and offers some practical advice to architects and contractors considering using this innovative approach to façade design.

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New senior appointments for façade specialists WICONA projects

Façade specialist, Wicona Projects, has made a new senior appointment as part of its continued expansion in the UK.

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WICONA Projects expands technical team for specialist façades

Façade specialist, Wicona Projects, has expanded its technical team for the UK and Ireland with three new appointments.

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WICONA unitised curtain walling specified for 18-storey tower - the most complex site in Manchester

Unitised curtain walling from Wicona Projects has been specified for a landmark 18-storey office tower in the centre of Manchester – believed to be the most complex building site in the city.

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Sheffield's tallest building to use unitised curtain walling - a more innovative approach to façade construction

The Wicona unitised curtain walling system has been specified for a new 32-storey tower in Sheffield, which will be the tallest building in the city. The £3.5m façade contract will be delivered by Solaglas in partnership with Wicona Projects.

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WICONA unitised façade exceeds requirements for CWCT and european performance tests

The Wicona unitised façade system from Hydro Building Systems has exceeded the test requirements for CWCT (Centre of Window and Cladding Technology) and European curtain walling standards. All the tests for certification were passed first time.

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WICONA unitised curtain walling set to reduce site time by up to 70 per cent

The Wicona unitised façade system from Hydro Building Systems can now reduce time on site by up to 70 per cent.

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Hydro launches architectural handbook for aluminium façades

Hydro Building Systems, Europe's largest supplier of aluminium building systems which offers the Technal and Wicona brands, has launched a comprehensive design guide to aluminium façades.

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WICONA unitised curtain walling used for striking new office tower in Brazil

The Wicona unitised curtain walling system from Hydro Building Systems, which is now available in the UK, has been used for a striking new 39-storey office tower in Brazil.

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WICONA publishes guide to unitised curtain walling

Wicona Projects, part of Hydro Building Systems, has published a new guide to its unitised curtain walling system, which has recently been launched in the UK.

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WICONA Projects launches unitised curtain walling in the UK

Wicona Projects, part of Hydro Building Systems, has launched its unitised curtain walling system in the UK, which can reduce time on site by up to 70 per cent.

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Hydro Building Systems appoints team for WICONA Projects

Hydro Building Systems (HBS), the world's largest building systems company, has made three new appointments following the launch of a dedicated base for Wicona Projects in the UK.

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Hydro Building Systems launches WICONA Projects and scores a construction industry first

Hydro Building Systems, the world's largest supplier of aluminium building systems, has launched Wicona Projects - the first façade specialist in the UK to offer a complete turnkey service for the building envelope.

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