Alcoa Kawneer to Tower over London’s Olympic Park

June 13, 2011

NEW YORK--Alcoa announced today that architectural aluminum products from its Kawneer UK business will be used on the Halo Tower in London, that, when finished, will be one of the tallest residential buildings in London, offering panoramic views of the City and Olympic Park.

Kawneer’s AA®201 unitized curtain walling is currently being installed on the 4th to the 43rd floor of the Halo Tower, and Kawneer’s traditional AA®110 curtain walling will be featured on the ground to third floor levels.

“Kawneer’s AA®201 curtain walling is ideal for fast-paced construction projects like Halo Tower, said Sean Butler, Sales & Marketing Director, Kawneer UK. “Architects like the AA®201 system because it can be installed efficiently and no scaffolding is needed. It is easy to fabricate and provides superior performance and design flexibility.”

Delivery architects KDS Associates of London said: “The façade is designed to express verticality and provide interest by the introduction of colored spandrels which fade from dark to light blues to the rear and upwards. To reduce the appearance of distinct horizontal bands, four transition zones are introduced to soften colors where they change vertically.”

Halo Tower is one of six new residential buildings – with more than 700 one-to four-bedroomed apartments and penthouses – being constructed as part of a redevelopment project of a former light industrial site located outside the Olympic Park. When completed, the highly visible, 43-story Halo Tower will act as a gateway to the Olympic Games, scheduled for 2012 in London’s Olympic Park.

Ardmore Construction, one of the largest privately owned design and build contractors in the UK, is heading the project for Genesis Housing Association, a leading London Housing Association.

About Kawneer UK

Kawneer UK Ltd is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of architectural aluminium systems, offering single source responsibility for the design, fabrication and finishing of high quality Ground Floor Treatment, curtain wall, window and rainscreen cladding systems, enabling us to meet the high standards of quality we set ourselves based on the requirements of ISO 9001.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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