Profile 22’ Optima sculptured windows were specified and commissioned for 39 new build homes in Snedshill, Telford for private rent.
The window specification was for a RAL 7016 Grey on White sculptured profile that could achieve an overall U value of 1.4 W/m2K. Secured by Design accreditation was a requirement as was PAS24 / Part Q compliance. The site’s location near a busy road meant acoustic glazing was required on some elevations. Trickle vents were required on some windows, including those with acoustic glazing requirements, which meant non-standard acoustic trickle vents were required. Other windows required astragal bars, which needed to be glazed and heat wrapped before leaving the factory.
The project’s main contractor, Lovell Partnerships, awarded the window contract to Profile 22 Approved Window Contractor Select Windows. Select operates nationwide in the refurbishment and new build construction markets. It has worked with Lovell Partnerships regularly and has built up a reputation as a contractor to be trusted, a factor that played an important part in winning the tender.
Select tendered for the contract with Profile 22’s Optima Sculptured Window because it more than met the requirements of the project. The Optima system delivers a 1.2 W/m2K U-value as standard, with U-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K possible. Optima windows achieve PAS24 2016 Enhanced Security and have Secured by Design options when these are required, as they were in this case.
The high specification of the glazing configuration and the requirement for windows with astragal bars to be glazed at the factory added an extra level of challenge to the project. Fabrication and installation of the windows was completed smoothly and on schedule thanks to Select’s experience in working cooperatively and proactively to demanding timescales.
The completed homes are an excellent addition to Telford’s housing stock. Steve Chatham, Select Windows’ Business Development Manager, said: “We are very pleased with this development, which looks very impressive from the roadside.”
Optima is increasingly becoming the commercial system of choice because of its ability to meet demanding requirements. This project is a perfect example of how the system is able to play a vital role in enabling the development of high-quality social housing that will stand the test of time.