Council for Aluminium in Building

Regional Members’ Meeting at Library of Birmingham on 16 November 2017

This Award winning, BREEAM excellent building hosted our second Regional meeting of the year, with presentations in the Repertory Theatre followed by dinner in the stunning Rotunda. The mini conference was hosted by Prof Michael Stacey with guest panellists: Michael Swiszczowski, Chapman Taylor; Michael Ramwell, Gumuchdijan Architects; Laura Gaskell, Haworth Tomkins and Don Ward, Constructing Excellence.

‘Aluminium in building delivers affordable quality’

Using case studies and audience intercation panellists considered how everyone in the aluminium in building supply chain adds value from the fabricator to the finisher to facade specialist to the facilities manager.

The 5 key themes covered were:

1. Design, details and finishes

This included the vision, project information including the specifications.

2. Early interaction, dialogue and fabrication and delivery

The Project benefits from early interaction within the supply chain. The architect will consider the balance of U value/g value and embodied impact of the overall facade or window system and the role of all of the constituent parts that form the building envelope.

3. 21st Century Technology Transfer

Achieving more with less. Aluminium’s collaborative role in the material culture of construction.

4. Manufacture, delivery and installation

Vital elements of sustainability. Imagine we could deliver so well that we didn’t need to snag buildings.

5. Refurbishment and reinvention of heritage building, especially late 20th Century.

The challenge of refurbishing mid-20th Century architecture including listed buildings (examples included the early use of aluminium).