Albann was established in 1968 by George Stevenson, Norman Warnock and John Shields.
The three budding entrepreneurs founded the company in Irvine after working for many years at Bull’s Metal and Marine, makers of propellers and ship windows.
The company started suppyling the products of the British Aluminium Company and Albann’s own systems.
Albanns first notable projects were for the manufacture and installation of glazing products for the Magnum Leisure Centre, Bridgegate House, Perceton House and the Irvine Development Corporation building.
Albann’s reach expanded further in the late 1970s when we delivered products on a supply-only basis to three projects in Saudi Arabia and one in Gibraltar...
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In 1973 we completed the installation of products to Paisley Municipal Buildings for Costain, and 4 years later we installed windows and doors to the Bannockburn High School. Then In 1978 our current Managing Director, Ian McDonald, joined the company working in the installations team. One year after Ian joined Albann we completed the installation of glazing products to the Glasgow Corporation Transport Offices in Bath Street, Glasgow. This 7-storey building was our first project with night-shift working.
1979/1980 Windscale Nuclear Power Station in Egremont England for British Nuclear Fuel
The 80s brought another couple of firsts for Albann, we secured our first project in London and completed the glazing installation for the first Harry Fairbain showroom in Giffnock.
The early 80s saw Albann partner with Fairclough for the installation of new windows for the extension to Rosshall Hospital...
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We also supplied and installed mill finish products to maisonette flats in Glenrothes and with Taylor Woodrow completed a refurbishment to windows at the Cranhill flats in Glasgow which were originally constructed in early 1950s. 1988 we completed the extension to the Clydesdale Bank office in central London, where we supplied and installed products to add two storeys to the existing building. Other projects included the Monifieth High School in Dundee, Head Office for the Yell Group in Slough and Stirling Royal Infirmary
The early 90's saw Albann deliver glazing products to Gateshead town centre in Newcastle.
In 1992 Albann was acquired by the Swire Group which owned Clyde Shipping. Albann continued to build on its reputation and completed projects at Hairmyres Hospital (£800k), Stevenson College (£1.3m) and the BSkyB headquarters in Livingston...
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In 1996 we supplied and installed Kayes top-swing windows to high flats projects in Hull. Towards the end of the 90s we were involved with two stand out projects. We designed, supplied and installed the curtain walling for Martin Dawes Telecommunications Head Office and Call Centre in Runcorn (now O2), this £1.6m project utilised Schueco products glazed with reflective glass to create a striking building.
We also completed works to The Lighthouse in Glasgow city centre. This building was Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first public commission and formerly the Glasgow Herald. In Glasgow’s year of UK City of Architecture and Design we completed refurb works with Page/Park architects.
The 2000's again saw a period of change for Albann as the business returned to family ownership and we kicked off the new millennium with delivering The Park residential development at Holyrood, Edinburgh for Teague Homes, this was our largest residential project for many years in which we supplied the windows and doors...
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We continued on with other projects at Glasgow Sheriff Court and Shawlands Academy. 2001 brought further significant projects at Lourdes Secondary School where we refurbished the existing windows with new, the Castle Business Park in Stirling, and the Wasps Trust at Alexandria Parade in Glasgow. This involved the conversion and extension of a 1930s Cigarette Factory into new studios for 130 artists, imperative to the project was ensuring the control and delivery of natural light the spaces.
Albann became the first glazing fabricator in Scotland to purchase and utilise a CNC machine for the fabrication of windows and curtain walling, the first sizable contract this was used on was Kingspark Secondary School in which the elevations were over clad with curtain walling. We continued with delivering school projects with Bovis where we delivered Newcastle Schools at Heaton Manor, Westerhope Primary School and Middle Schools of Gosforth East and Throckley.
We delivered our glazing products to Stobo Castle which included the large glazed screen to the swimming pool, and delivered the screens to Mark & Spencer at the Gyle Shopping Centre. The mid-2000s saw us continue to supply to the retail market with delivery of shopfronts to the The Fort Shopping Centre and Porcelanosa in Glasgow, we supplied products for the Police, HM Prison Service, and two residential projects at Shuna Street and Alexandra Parade, both in Glasgow. We continued to build on our ability to deliver multiple projects and in 2005 we started on 7 South Lanarkshire Council Schools sites on the same day and handed over 12 SLC schools that year. We also delivered glazing products for retail projects at Xscape in Braehead, Sainsbury’s in Aberdeen and Eastern Properties first major car showroom at Newbridge.
Another notable project was the refurbishment of windows at Abronhill High School, which was the scene for the famous movie ‘Gregory’ Girl’ which launched the career of John Gordon Sinclair. We closed out the first decade of the new millennium delivering glazing products for student accommodation at Queen Margaret University College, The Fraser Noble Building at University of Aberdeen and the award-winning Small Animal Hospital for University of Glasgow.
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