December 13, 2018
The IQ Group: 2018 Year in Review
Written by Rebecca Clayton
December 13, 2018
Written by Rebecca Clayton
2018 has been an exciting year for IQ® Glass with many award-winning products and projects, as well as new product developments and new installations in the showroom. Take a look below for some of our most exciting advances throughout 2018 as well as a taster of what to expect in 2019!
minimal windows® latest product updates
The minimal windows® sliding door system is the premier solution for large sliding doors that offer an impressively slim frame. IQ has been the exclusive UK partner for minimal windows® for many years and are proud to announce this partnership has been extended for a further 3 years!
We have recently launched a selection of product updates, all designed to offer flexibility in design whilst maintaining the outstanding performance and beauty of this sliding door system.
New External Key Lock
We now have the ability to install an external key lock into the vertical stile on the lead sliding door pane. This lock is accessible from both the internal and external faces of the sliding door, allowing for key lock access from either side.
Multi Corner Slider
It's now possible to create 'multi-corner sliders' which allows us to create a 90-degree corner connection from the glass between the outside and outside of the property. With the new updates the sliding doors slide away from the building fabric, ensuring points of travel are possible across all tracks. See the below diagram for further explanation:
Sieger® Balustrade System
This year we launched the brand new Sieger® Balustrade System. This balustrade system is suitable for installation in an array of buildings and locations including internally and externally; including landings, stairwells and balconies. Toughened laminated glass is used for the balustrade system with a minimalistic continuous handrail for a flowing design. See these balustrades in our showroom.
Apertio Glass Entrance Door
The Apertio Glass is a luxury entrance door which is part of our brand-new range of IQ Ingresso entrance doors. Manufactured from high specification materials, the Apertio Glass combines modern luxury finishes with integral strength to create a striking entrance feature. Outstanding sizes are available with this entrance door, maximum sizes stretch all the way up to 3200mm wide x 6000mm tall.
Apertio Solid Entrance Door
This beautifully modern entrance door can be designed with various finishes including timber, lacquered glass, ceramic, metallic panels and bespoke designs; the internal finish can even be different from the outside. This pivoting door is designed to sit flush with the wall and floor finishes to create a seamless design, - See the Apertio Solid in our showroom in 2019!
Timber Finishes for ADL
The use of natural materials is becoming popular in glazing due to the trends of Hygge, Biophilic Design and Swedish Minimalism. Timber finishes are now available for use on the ADL internal door system.
Mondrian® Internal Box
This year we installed an internal Mondrian® steel framed box that features modern internal sliding doors and fixed Mondrian® steel-framed walls. The elegant steel profiles provide a modern Art Deco design perfect for high-end and luxury developments.
WAREMA External Blinds
This year we installed WAREMA External Venetian Blinds to the IQ Glass showroom to an external face of IQ Structural Glass. These blinds are an outstanding option for solar protection with a minimalistic finish. They are available in a plethora of colours and slat options (including dim-out slats and beaded slats).
3D Virtual Showroom Tour
Expert Views and Advice
We aim to provide a wealth of technical information on our website for architects and specifiers, so they can find the answers to their questions here, ready to read at their leisure. Here are some of our most popular technical and advice articles:
Many of our residential and commercial projects have received awards this year from of the most recognised architectural bodies in the UK, including the RIBA and the Architects Journal.
Oatlands Close won the RIBA South East Award 2018, RIBA South East Small Project Award 2018, winner of The Sunday Times Home Transformation of the Year Award and was longlisted for the RIBA House of the Year 2018 Award.
Savile Row won the RIBA London Award 2018, the RIBA National Award 2018 and Refurb of the Year (up to £20 million) in the AJ Architecture Awards.
The Sieger® Slim Casement Window won Best Windows in the Built IT Awards 2018.
Castlenau was shortlisted in two categories (Residential Architectural Property and Luxury Residence London) for The International Design and Architecture Awards 2018.
The Hampstead House won First Prize in Category 3 of the Keller Export Awards 2018 for a unique and advanced installation of minimal windows®.
Updated Website and Design
2018 also saw updates to our IQ Glass Website. The design of our project page was redesigned into much clearer categories; Basement Renovations, Contemporary Extensions, Garden Rooms, Luxury Homes, Renovations and Refurbishments, Roof Extensions, Side Infill Extensions, Barn Conversions and Special Projects.
In 2019, we will be redesigning our product menu to enhance the user experience, keep an eye out for the update!
Coming in 2019...
Each year we aim to continuously update the products on display in our showroom to keep up-to-date with the latest glazing advancements. We have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline for 2019, these include:
In 2019 we will be installing our brand-new range of IQ Ingresso Entrance Doors into the showroom. Not only will a collection of IQ Ingresso designs be on display, but we are also replacing the aluminium bifolding doors at the entrance of our showroom with a brand new Apertio Solid Entrance Door measuring an outstanding 1443mm wide x 2590mm high!
The IQ Ingresso range of entrance doors includes the Apertio Solid Entrance Door, The Apertio Glass Entrance Door and the Belgravia Entrance Door.
The Duke of York Restaurant
HIRT Swiss Descending Windows were installed to the redevelopment of the award-winning Duke of York Restaurant in Chelsea's Duke of York Square. The existing restaurant building was recently replaced with a brand-new enhanced design, which boasts a roof terrace and a great installed example of the incredible HIRT Swiss Descending Window. The restaurant will be opening its doors in 2019!
Our new aluminium fabrication company, Sieger® Architektursystems, will be opening their doors to the new factory located adjacent to the IQ showroom at Sky House Design Centre. The new factory will be open to clients to view during their visit to the showroom, to gain an insight into how the Sieger® systems are fabricated.
IQ will have a new R&D Department in 2019, who have already started finalising a brand new thermally broken floor light and roof light system!
Thank you to all our clients for all your support throughout 2018, we look forward to working with you all again in 2019. Please note that the IQ Group offices and showroom will be closed between Thursday 20th December and Monday 7th January 2019.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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