The Mary Hare School, for the profoundly deaf in Newbury, Berkshire, can now benefit from the provision of their newly built accommodation block. The main contractor for the build was Sir Robert McAlpine and the company subcontracted installation of the windows and doors to Fastframe Uk.
The complexity and demanding nature of the project meant that an experienced and high quality contractor was required. It was Fastframe Uk’s portfolio of successfully completed high profile projects together with the reassurance of the Deceuninck products the company manufactures that helped to secure the contract in this instance.
The architect had designed the building to include very high specification windows to ensure maximum safety and energy efficiency. Extended folding openers were required to meet a specific ventilation requirement but also protect the pupils inside. A Tremco EDPM membrane needed to be fitted with the cavity closers to create excellent heat retention. The glass specified was 6.2mm Pilkington Suncool to maximise energy efficiency. Paul Moody at FastFrame Uk said, “PVCu windows offer excellent energy efficiency these days and the specification on these windows shows just how far the technology has come. It was a pleasure to work to such exacting standards.”
FastFrame Uk installed Deceuninck’s 2800 series with a Foiled coating in Anthracite Grey on the outside and white on the inside, matching in with aluminium doors in the same colour. Fastframe Uk’s fitting teams worked alongside other trades at the site to ensure the contract was completed on time, something that meant a great deal of planning and practicality was required.
Paul Moody says, “We are very proud of the finished results at Mary Hare. The building will be a great environment for teachers and pupils alike, while the high energy efficiency will minimise ongoing energy costs, something that’s essential for charities such as the Mary Hare Charity. We were delighted to be part of such a worthwhile project.”