Curtain Walling Contractors

We are proud to be one of the UK’s leading and trusted curtain walling contractors offering bespoke curtain walls for homes, apartments and commercial buildings across the country.

Your reliable curtain walling contractor

Hive Architectural comprises an expert-led team with over 25 years of experience in curtain walling systems.

Based in Manchester, we provide design, fabrication and installation services to customers throughout the UK. Whether you’re looking for a bespoke curtain walling system for your construction project or structural glazing for modern buildings and unique homes, Hive Architectural has you covered.

What is curtain walling?

A curtain wall system is an exterior building covering that consists of a metal frame, called a mullion, that holds lightweight materials like glass, metal panels, or thin stone as infills. This system enhances the visual appeal of the building while offering protection and insulation.

Curtain walling is an architectural feature that serves multiple purposes. It enhances the overall appearance of a building, adding a touch of sophistication and modernity. 

Curtain walling also acts as a protective barrier against harsh weather conditions, ensuring the interior remains safe and comfortable. From an architectural standpoint, curtain walling systems serve as a visual separation between the interior and exterior spaces of the building.

Curtain walling vs cladding

Although cladding and curtain walling serve similar purposes of protecting and enhancing the appearance of a building’s exterior, they have distinct differences.

Cladding is a structural element that is used to cover and protect the exterior surface of a building. Curtain walling is a non-structural system that is primarily used for aesthetic purposes, allowing for large glass panels and an uninterrupted view.

Curtain wall systems are commonly used in construction, particularly in commercial buildings, as they offer numerous benefits. They’re an essential part of building design as they offer protection to external walls from various weather elements.

These systems typically consist of insulated glass units with frames made of either aluminium or steel. One advantage of curtain wall systems is that they allow ample natural light to enter the building’s interior, creating a bright and well-lit space. This not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also reduces the reliance on artificial lighting during daytime hours.

Which is better for your project?

Curtain walls provide a barrier against thermal expansion, preventing damage to your building when the temperature changes. You’ll see curtain walling on high-rise buildings as well as low-rise buildings since these systems are excellent at preventing air and water infiltration as well as ensuring the structural integrity of the building.

Cladding offers a wide range of options when it comes to material choices. It can be made from diverse materials such as wood, metal, concrete, and reinforced PVCu. This versatility allows for different appearances and performance characteristics based on your specific needs.

Curtain walling is a safe choice for buildings because it is designed to be self-supporting, meaning it does not add any extra load or stress to the building’s structure. This feature ensures the structural integrity of the building and contributes to overall safety.

They also tend to have a longer service life, meaning they can last for a considerable amount of time before needing replacement or major maintenance.

What are the main benefits of curtain walling systems?

The use of insulating glass in-fill has the potential to enhance natural lighting by allowing more sunlight to enter.

A glazed curtain wall, made from various types of glass such as solar control, transparent, translucent, or opaque glass, effectively prevents the build-up of excessive heat within the curtain walling system. This helps to avoid the greenhouse effect and maintain a comfortable indoor environment.

The construction is specifically engineered to withstand various challenges, including air and water infiltration, wind-induced sway, seismic forces, and the weight of the structure itself. Its design ensures that these factors are effectively addressed to maintain the structural integrity of buildings.

Curtain walls have historically been used primarily on multi-storey, tall buildings. Recognisable examples include London’s Gherkin and the Empire State Building in New York.

Thinner, aluminium frames have revolutionised curtain walling systems, making them highly versatile for buildings of all sizes. Whether it’s a residential or business property, both horizontal and vertical curtain walling options are readily available and easily applicable. This allows for greater design flexibility and visual appeal in various architectural projects.

Our systems offer several advantages when it comes to installation, transportation, and manufacturing. Thanks to their lightweight materials, they help minimise construction costs. Each wall can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of your project, offering a unique and customised solution.

How do I choose curtain walling contractors?

Designing and installing curtain walling is considered one of the more complex and technical elements within a construction project.

When it comes to selecting a contractor, there are several factors worth considering. These considerations can help ensure that you make an informed decision and choose the right contractor for your project:

  • Experience and proven track record
  • Innovative design capabilities
  • All-round installation service comprising design, manufacture and fitting
  • End-to-end customer service

Curtain walling contractors- Hive Architectural

Our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals is dedicated to delivering excellence in every project we undertake.

We understand the importance of precision and attention to detail when it comes to curtain walling installation, and we strive for perfection in every aspect of our work.

You can view some of our previous projects here to get an idea of the level of expertise we provide.

Design, fabrication and installation – get in touch

You can contact us for a free quote online or call our office on 0161 339 9375 if you require more information about our design, manufacture and fitting services.

Alternatively, email with your requirements and we’ll get back to you with a free quote for curtain walling installation.


Hive Architectural Ltd
Office 3 Boodle street
Ashton under Lyne

0161 339 9375

From our base in Manchester we cover the whole of the North West of the UK and surrounding counties including Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Cumbria, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

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