Technical Director at Kawneer appointed

A façade designer and engineer with some stunning projects to his name has been appointed to the role of Technical Director by Kawneer.

Danny Birrell has an M.Sc. in façade engineering and 18 years of experience in the construction and architectural aluminium industry, most recently as technical leader with a specialist sub-contractor.

At Kawneer he leads a team of more than 20 consultants, designers, engineers, technicians and trainers and will be part of the Cheshire company’s senior management team led by Managing Director Phil Randles.

Danny replaces Vince Murphy who retired after almost 30 years with the business. He brings with him a high level of expertise in full façade management and the design, fabrication and installation of façade envelopes comprising curtain walling, rainscreen cladding and structural glazing.

High profile projects that he can put his name to include the Olympic village project (Stratford City, London), the former Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester, 123 Victoria Street (London), Winnersh Triangle in Reading and BSKYB Academy in London.

Formerly the founder of his own curtain wall and window installation business at the tender age of 21, and appointed as design leader for Glassolutions aged 26, he is a member of the chartered institute of building service engineers (CIBSE) and studied architectural and façade engineering at Bath University.

He said: “I hope my track record on delivering high profile and challenging projects will help Kawneer to an even greater level of technical expertise and give customers additional reassurance that the company’s reputation in this area is well-founded.”

Phil Randles said: “High-quality technical and design support is a very critical part of what Kawneer offers to the market and I am delighted to appoint someone of Danny’s capability into this role. I am confident he will prove a major asset in helping Kawneer to improve still further our design and technical service faculties over the next several years.”