Architectural glazing systems by Kawneer are now being used being used on the second phase of the largest regeneration project in north-west England, at Middlewood Locks in Manchester.

The first phase of the project in Manchester by developer Scarborough International Properties features the manufaxturer’s AA100 zone-drained curtain walling, AA130 brise soleil and AA720 external doors on the ground floors of six blocks of apartments around three large basins of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canals.

The AA130 brise soleil has also been used between external balconies as privacy screens and was complemented by Kawneer’s AA3572 lift/slide doors and AA720 thermally-superior side-hung casement windows which feature on the first floor upwards of the seven-storey blocks.

The award-winning waterside neighbourhood, a joint venture with Metro Holdings of Singapore and Hualing Group of China, was promoted by former Chancellor George Osborne as a critical part of the Northern Powerhouse.

The 25-acre, £1 billion neighbourhood will eventually comprise more than 2,000 new one- to three-bedroomed apartments, maisonettes and townhouses.

It will also include 900,000ft2 of commercial development – 500,000ft2 of Grade A office space, shops, restaurants, hotel, gym and convenience store – alongside landscaped green spaces. The second phase, which is currently under construction, will comprise 546 apartments.

Designed by previous Kawneer specifiers Whittam Cox architects and constructed over 30 months by main contractor BCEGI, the dual-colour aluminium Kawneer systems (black externally, white internally) were installed over two years by a team of up to 40 from specialist sub-contractor/Kawneer dealer FK Group.