Acorn appointed to Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf Scheme 

Acorn Aluminium has been appointed to deliver window and curtain walling elements of Birmingham’s Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf scheme by main contractor, Torsion.

Designed by Corstorphine and Wright Architects, the project in Princip Street, will create 266 one-and-two-bedroom apartments.  

The £2.4m curtain walling and glazing element of the build includes the design, manufacture and installation of 500mcurtain walling and 4000 mof windows.

“We’re delighted to have been reappointed by Torsion to another landmark city centre project, this time just down the road from us in Birmingham”, said Paul Stevens, Managing Director, Acorn Aluminium.

“At 23-storeys and located at a gateway to the city centre it’s a high profile and high-rise site and centre piece to the revival of the city’s canal-side, Gun Quarter.”

The development is divided between two interconnecting blocks: a lower five-storey podium and a 2-storey tower. In addition to apartments the development includes a 23rd floor residents’ room and roof terrace, cycle parking and ground floor terrace.

Product overview

The Senior SPW600 is a highly versatile 75mm window system, while its also available in the SPW600e enhanced thermal option, which uses additional thermal inserts on top of the latest polyamide thermal breaking technologies used across the range. 

The SF52 curtain walling system from Senior Architectural Systems, is defined by a consistent slim 52mm sightline. It also offers an exceptional level of flexibility and is suitable for both ground floor and high-rise applications, with full weather testing to CWCT and EN13830. 

Accommodating glass units of up to 56mm, this combines to create a highly cost-effective commercial window capable of achieving a BFRC A Rating. 

The project broke ground in June this year and is scheduled for completion in 2025. Acorn Aluminium is expected to start on site in the Spring of 2024. 

Acorn’s re-appointment follows a series of project partnerships with the Torsion Group including the £65million Saxton Lanedevelopment in the centre of Leeds, which was completed earlier this year (2023).

We are also currently onsite at Torsion Group’s redevelopment of the International Hotel in Leicester for luxury student accommodation provider True Student. 

“Our reappointment reflects the growing strength of our partnership with Torsion Group but also our ability to accommodate larger and high-profile projects”, Paul said.

He concluded: “We’re comfortably set up with the right infrastructure to take on projects around the three to four million pound mark and are continuing to win some very high profile regional city centre projects.” 

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