Deceuninck fabricator, Dempsey Dyer, have just completed a large refurbishment contract with Pennine Housing 2000. The contract involved replacing 867 windows in three high rise tower blocks in Mixenden, West Yorkshire. The windows in each of the blocks needed to be replaced as part of a larger renovation and refurbishment project.
The project presented several difficulties, meaning it was only suitable for the most experienced of contractors. Perhaps the greatest of these difficulties was the sheer scale of the project: replacing 867 windows in three high rise buildings on budget and on schedule requires considerable skill and expertise. Dempsey Dyer, coincidentally based just down the road from Mixenden in Pontefract, had all the credentials the project demanded and duly tendered for it.
The contractor, Wates Group, had originally specified aluminium windows. John Duckworth, Commercial Manager at Deceuninck demonstrated the company’s Zendow 3000 system with the unique Decoroc finish in RAL 7016 anthracite grey. It quickly became clear that not only would PVC-U windows with a Decoroc finish do the job aesthetically, they would also offer thermal efficiency benefits and bring a cost saving on the aluminium alternative.
The size of the project meant a great deal of pre-planning was required. Firstly, the location of the flats in an extremely exposed valley meant that Dempsey Dyer needed detailed wind pressure calculations and strength tests to demonstrate the windows would be fit for purpose and have longevity.
The team placed orders for all the materials at the start of the project to ensure there would be no manufacturing delays. Access equipment such as scaffolding was also organised well ahead of schedule in order to negotiate cost savings that could be passed on to Wates and Pennine Housing 2000.
When it came to installation, it took three installation teams just twelve weeks to install all the tilt and turn windows.
The Dempsey Dyer team is justifiably proud of the finished result. Martyn Wright, Dempsey Dyer’s Commercial Sales Manager says, “We work hard to ensure that every job runs smoothly and this was no exception. But successfully completing a job of this scale on time and on budget is always something to celebrate.” John Duckworth, Deceuninck’s Commercial Manager said, “The Decoroc process creates windows that are a cost effective solution to alternative fenestration materials, without compromising on aesthetics, thermal efficiency or performance. We are delighted that Wates chose Decoroc.”
And it seems that the client, Pennine Housing 2000, is equally delighted with the choice: the housing association has been so impressed with the Decoroc finish that it has specified the product for future window renovations.
A project of this scale demands superior products and a superior installation approach if it is to be completed successfully and offer long term benefits. The combination of Deceuninck’s products and Dempsey Dyer’s expertise ensured both of these have been achieved.