All the hard work certainly paid off as the End of Year Show event at Ulster University School of Architecture was hailed as a resounding success by the record number in attendance. The work on show was produced to an exceptionally high standard and was praised by Eddie Weir (CIAT Vice-President Practice and NI Regional Chairman). It was also the view of several professionals attending the ICAT (International Congress of Architectural Technology) from all over the world. The students demonstrated their design capabilities, understanding of BIM processes and use of BIM authoring tools, and high levels of technical competence. International guest speakers were the pinnacle and only added to what was a great evening. APS is proud to be closely associated with Ulster of University School of Architecture with programme sponsorship, student façade consultancy with our Contracts Manager Kenny Faulkner and also providing guest lectures through the year. APS presents their annual award for best in “Design Creativity in the BIM module”. This year’s winner was a well-deserved Matthew Dawson, seen here receiving his award and cheque from our Kenny Faulkner. Kenny Faulkner also seen here with Dr. Noha Saleeb, Associate Professor in Creative Technology and Construction PhD, Msc, BArch(hons), […]
Last month saw the retirement of a longstanding and trusted business partner of APS, Duraflex Sales Director Ian Cowan pictured with APS Director Chris duBoulay. APS have benefitted from Ian’s wealth of pvc-u window industry knowledge and business background since our company was formed in 2001. We will sincerely miss Ian’s input into our company. We will miss his regular visits from Duraflex headquarters in Tewkesbury to our Lisburn Sales office. We wish Ian a brilliantly relaxing time from now on and thanks once again for many years of supporting APS.
PVC-u windows supplied by APS approved window manufacturer, Brendan Loughran & Sons, Carrickmore, Co Tyrone have achieved PAS 24 Enhanced Security Testing with flying colours. The standard which is required to achieve S B D is obtained by rigorous testing with windows being subjected to personnel attempting to open them with crow bars among other tools! This standard gives the company one of the best performing windows in the market, with minimal changes from their normal window offerings.
APS Contracts Manager Kenny Faulkner was recently part of a panel of industry and academical experts judging final year students on the Belfast School of Architecture and Built Environment’s Architectural Technology and Management Program at an event which took place at Belfast’s MAC. Students had to present their design of a hypothetical development for an iconic brownfield site in the Dublin docklands. All schemes modelled used BIM authoring software and incorporated industry standard BIM information management processes. David Comiskey, event organiser and Senior Lecturer from Ulster University’s Belfast School of Architecture & Built Environment, said, “The site presented to the students was extremely complex. It was situated adjacent to Grand Canal Dock, was very narrow and incorporated two graving docks which were to be retained. However, the students rose to the challenge and presented schemes which were innovative yet functional and most importantly buildable.” Kenny said “The standard of work on show was exceptional and the students presented their schemes in a highly professional manner. The future of the Architectural Technology profession in Northern Ireland is safe with this calibre of students graduating from Ulster University and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in terms of both aesthetic and technical design.” Declan Loane, Quinn […]
Choosing the best rain gutter system for a home requires striking the right balance between the shape of the guttering, the material of which it is made and the add-ons that can improve the system. For a larger roof area or a home with many trees near the roofline, the largest guttering available should be selected. Guttering comes in a variety of materials ranging from expensive copper to inexpensive aluminum, and the material should be chosen to complement the style and value of the home. Using bracket versus spike hangers, adding a leaf screen and extending the trough of the splash block add expense but can be necessary based on the amount of drainage expected, the shape of the home’s eves, and the expected amount of leaf and twig debris the system is to handle. The typical rain gutter system comes in widths of 4, 5 or 6 inches (10.26, 12.7 or 15.3 cm). If the roof area of the home is large, it will slough off more water than smaller roofs and will require a wider gutter system. On average, the 5-inch (12.7 cm) system will suffice. For large houses or when there are a number of trees near […]
Aluminium is the third most abundant metal in the earth’s crust and at the present rate of usage (not taking into account the fact that more than 96% of aluminium is recycled at the end of product life), the supplies of aluminium currently known will last for several hundred years. Discovered in 1808 by Sir Humphrey Davy, aluminium is a comparatively young metal compared to other “classic” materials. In 1855 the first aluminium bar was displayed at the Paris Exhibition and it wasn’t until 1886 when the patents for its industrial extraction were issued. The Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus in London dates back to 1893 and is an early example of how aluminium could be processed. A further example is the San Giacchino Church in Rome which was built in 1897. The aluminium sheets used to cover the roof are still in excellent condition today – proving that aluminium has exceptional weathering properties and durability. Aluminium as a building material – functional, durable and aesthetically appealing In the building industry aluminium is often used for facade claddings and roof coverings. The decision to use aluminium is based on economical, functional and aesthetical considerations. From airports, railway stations, sports […]