Profile 22’s award winning Optima casement and tilt and turn windows, along with matching PVC-U doors, were specified in the refurbishment of two tower blocks in Walsall, West Midlands.

whg, owners and managers of the Little London and Wood House tower blocks, specified Profile 22’s Optima suite for the installation of 960 new external windows and 130 balcony doors.

The installation contractor for the project was M Howells (Services) Limited. Matt Howells, Director of M Howells, says: “We are very experienced in the replacement of windows in high rise and low level blocks in the West Midlands and have undertaken numerous refurbishment projects for whg. This project was the latest of these.”

Fabrication of the profiles was undertaken by one of the West Midlands’ leading Profile 22 Optima fabricators Stedek Windows & Doors. Manufacture of the windows and doors on the project ran smoothly despite several challenging factors. Richard Hammond, Stedek’s Sales Director, comments: “The tower blocks had unusual front façades and the PVC doors that opened onto the balconies had to be manufactured with a double return and z-shaped cills, which added a degree of complexity. But our level of production understanding is second to none.”

Increasing energy efficiency was one of the key drivers of the refurbishment and the Optima suite provided the solution needed. The products are designed to deliver increased insulation and weather protection, which makes them the perfect choice for high-rise, exposed locations. They are capable of achieving Window Energy Ratings of A++ and U-values of 0.8 W/m2K. Indicative performance measures are 600Pa for air permeability, 600Pa for water tightness and 2400Pa for wind resistance. The Profile 22 windows were fabricated to PAS24:2016 standards for security, helping to deliver increased security to residents too.

Little London House and Wood House have been transformed by the works, which have enhanced the aesthetic appearance and delivered greatly improved thermal efficiency. Matt comments: “Everybody is really happy with the results, including the client.” Richard says: “These are two significant buildings on the Walsall skyline and we are very proud of our involvement in their transformation.”

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