Spectus Elite 70 specified for high profile affordable housing development

150 Spectus Elite 70 flush tilt and turn windows were specified in the development of 26 two bed flats for social rent, including 10 amenity homes on an urban site in the heart of Paisley, Renfrewshire.  The new development replaces the former Arnotts department store in the town’s new Abbey Quarter.  

The project was secured by Spectus Approved Window Contractor Walker Profiles Ltd, a leading manufacturer, supplier and installer based in Motherwell.

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The high-profile city centre location of the flats meant the aesthetics of the windows were paramount. The flats had a streamlined design aesthetic with a carefully selected materials palette and well-planned interior spaces offering generous daylight from the windows.

The 150 windows were manufactured from Elite 70 flush tilt and turn system from Spectus Window Systems which is suitable for both medium-rise and high-rise buildings. The system has been designed so the framework doesn’t overlap, giving a ‘flush’ appearance that means it delivers the aesthetics of an aluminium window. In this project, the windows were manufactured in smooth anthracite grey on white to build on the aluminium aesthetics required.

The window has been tested to PAS 24: 2016 up to a maximum size of 1450 x 2400 and has a weather performance of 2400 pa and can achieve a Window Energy Rating of A++ too. The windows had Secure by Design certification as required, which is a police-backed initiative that recognises only the most secure windows and brings an extra level of security for the occupants.

The city centre location opposite the town’s bus station meant this was a project that required careful planning and collaborative project management. Due to the high-traffic location, noise reduction was a critical element to the project and acoustic glazing was used throughout to provide the calm, quiet interiors needed.  As an experienced contractor, Walker Profiles had a clear understanding of all the demanding requirements and found installation smooth and straightforward.

The flats support Renfrewshire’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2020/21, which aims to deliver 1,000 affordable homes by 2021.

Walker Profiles’ David MacGregor commented: “We were delighted to work on this project. We have helped to create a striking building that delivers much-needed affordable housing in this area.”

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