Cotswold’s Heavy Duty window hardware is experiencing the ‘high life’ in a new skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates. Large top hung aluminium windows in Al Salam Tower are being fitted with 750 pairs of Cotswold’s Fortis HD26/50 friction stays. Shimmering in the sun above the city of Sharjah, the new 46-storey building consists of offices, parking and a health club on the lower floors and 34 storeys of luxury living accommodation, topped with a helipad.

Al Salam Tower’s 1,350 mm x 1,250mm double glazed windows fitted with 6mm glass posed no problem for Cotswold’s HD26/50 self balancing friction stays which can support a large commercial vent up to 2,000mm wide and 100kg in weight. Consultant Engineer, Mr Amar Al Mufti of Khatib and Alami, had no hesitation in recommending Cotswold for Al Salam Tower. He comments: “We are well aware of Cotswold’s reputation for high quality and performance having used hinges from the HD range on another prestigious project in the UAE.” Over 2,500 pairs of HD22 self balancing stays provided a successful solution for large aluminium windows in the Al Wahda City 1 tower block complex in Abu Dhabi.

Fortis HD 26/50 self balancing stays have been supplied for Al Salam Tower through Al Saifee Glass Hardware, Cotswold’s distribution partner for the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Cotswold HD hinges are manufactured from high-grade 304 austenitic stainless steel for maximum durability, even in the most corrosive environments, and are tested to 50,000 cycles. The self balancing HD stay specified for Al Salam Tower eliminates the need for additional support arms. For added strength, and to ensure that windows open and close with ease, Cotswold’s HD hinges are designed with an innovative steel/plastic slider. In addition, effective weather sealing and draught proofing are fully concealed once fitted for aesthetic appeal.

Cotswold is able to provide a fast, local service for customers in the Middle East from its warehouse in Dubai. This local stockholding facility enables immediate delivery of many products for projects across all six countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which incorporates Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.