A multi-million refurbishment of two old inner-city tower blocks was made easier and more cost-effective by a five-day turnaround on each of more than 900 bespoke windows, thanks to fabricator Glazerite Windows and installer Grosvenor.
The special grey on white PVC-U tilt/turns were chosen to match visually the aluminium frames on neighbouring blocks but the whole project was based on a deadline of two flats completed per day so a great deal depended on consistency of supply.
Grosvenor worked for six months on the renovation, which also involved improved insulation and many other energy-saving features from other subcontractors via main contractor Seddon, so the tight deadlines were essential.
The Princess and Empress Towers were part of the former Seven Sisters estate built in the sixties in Manchester’s Old Trafford district as part of a slum clearance project in the city. Now, with several of the original towers demolished, the remaining ones are finding new life, partly thanks to Government support for the energy-saving improvements.
Jason Thompson, Director of Glazerite Windows said both the grey exterior and the rapid turnaround were essential to the contract. Glazerite, with bases in Northamptonshire, Avon and Lancashire is the UK’s biggest VEKA fabricator and found VEKA’s Matrix 70 grey (RAL 7016) on white ideal for the job.
He added: “We have always taken pride in going the extra mile for all of our customers and we were able to accommodate the five-day turnaround without problem, even over such a long period as the six-month contract. As well as being backed by the reputation of VEKA, the Matrix grey on white PVC-U also came in at a very favourable price against aluminium.”