One of East London’s fastest rising districts has a new apartment block where the outstanding weather performance and other benefits to the TECHNAL Dualframe 75Si windows have been key to meeting the project’s elevated aesthetic as well as technical aspirations.

White + Green is a development of 144 one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as Citi Pads, by Higgins Homes; where the design team was led by the acclaimed London architectural practice, CZWG. The fenestration package was delivered by Suffolk based window and door specialist, Allglass Anglia Ltd.

Allglass was awarded the contract on the basis of its past performance and relationship with the client, the company also having made extensive use of Dualframe on a variety of schemes in the past: the versatile system being popular across a number of sectors including education, health and social housing as well as high end residential.

Not only does the uniquely designed polyamide break help it offer U-values exceeding Part L energy performance requirements, but Dualframe was the first aluminium system to achieve an A++ Window Energy Rating with its tilt before turn window. Additionally, PAS 24 has been achieved on every style including pivots; while in Whitechapel, the windows also had to provide good acoustic performance to counter traffic noise.

The Commercial Manager for Allglass, David Harvey, commented: “The Vallance Road development for Higgins Homes set quite a high specification in terms of acoustic and thermal performance, as well as having to meet enhanced requirements on accessibility, with an M4:3 standard: affecting opening widths and threshold heights. TECHNAL Dualframe was client specified on the basis of our past relationship with the manufacturer and went through a long process with the client and architect to ensure the designs met all of their aesthetic and performance criteria.

Additional testing instigated by the project team for the Dualframe designs, and main entrance doorsets – produced using the WICLINE 75 system from TECHNAL sister company, WICONA – confirmed that the installations would exceed all of the wind and watertightness standards.

Referring to the development where sale prices rise to above £800K, Higgins Homes’ Sales & Marketing Director, Jeremy Marcus, said: “When designing the apartments, especially the Citi Pads, it was never a question of compromising on the style or the wow factor. It was important to understand the type of residents who live in the area and create a development that would appeal to their sense of style and aesthetics, regardless of the size of the living space.”

The project architect at CZWG, Anna Ifanti, added: “The finished job looks even better than we anticipated. On the basis of what we have seen procured for Vallance Road we would have no doubts to specifying TECHNAL in the future, as they demonstrate a reasonably good finish for a relatively competitive cost.”

TECHNAL’s UK Sales Director, Allan Barr, reflected: “The Vallance Road project not only illustrates the performance and aesthetic attributes to the Dualframe 75Si system, but also the ability to combine it with Hydro’s other brand offerings, with the technical expertise and contracting experience of Allglass ensuring the delivery of a façade package which met all of the development team’s aspirations. White + Green’s residents will enjoy excellent thermal and acoustic performance, as well as long-term weather resistance and high security from a stylish fenestration solution.”

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