Over 1,000 Profile 22 Optima Chamfered Windows have been used in the transformation of a disused 1960s office building into 184 studio, one and two bed ultra-high quality apartments aimed at young homeowners in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.

Sim Chem House, a six storey office block had been built in the 1960s but had been empty for many years and fallen into disrepair. It was purchased by developers Inspired Homes for redevelopment into housing.

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With the focus on quality, throughout, the choice of window was critical. The specification was for 1,050 PVC-U foil wrapped windows in a specific RAL colour on the exterior and white on the interior. The windows needed acoustic treatments to address noise from a busy town centre location and incorporate louvres for mechanical extraction.

Main contractor headoffice3 awarded the window contract to Profile 22 Approved Window Contractor Kingfisher Windows because it was able to meet the exacting specification requirements.

Kingfisher tendered for the work with Profile 22 Optima Chamfered Windows, a popular commercial system thanks to its intelligent design, impressive performance and attractive good looks.

The Optima system delivers a 1.2 W/ m2K U-value as standard, with U-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K possible. It achieves PAS24 2016 Enhanced Security and there are Secured by Design options when security is a concern.

To meet the specification requirements on this particular project, Kingfisher glazed the 1,050 windows with a soft coat low emissivity glass, a warm edge spacer and argon gas to optimise thermal efficiency. Louvres were also glazed within the window system for mechanical extraction. Anthracite 7016 textured foil was used for the external elevations with white on internal elevations.

The redevelopment was completed in March 2019 and has created much-needed high quality affordable housing for young professionals in the area.