It may be Europe’s tallest timber-framed building but the designers chose PVC-U for the windows for the prestigious Falkland House student accommodation complex, recently completed in Liverpool’s fashionable Islington district.
Standing at eight storeys tall with more than 100 bedrooms, apartments and studio units, the innovative styling of the complex is complemented by grey on white casement windows in VEKA Matrix 70 from Glazerite Windows Ltd and installed by Hardmans Double Glazing Ltd of Wallasey. The use of acoustic glass throughout also means students can also expect some peace and quiet in this bustling part of the city.
Glazerite Director Jason Thompson says structural timber buildings are growing in popularity and the combination with PVC-U windows is a common choice: “It shows very clearly that even when architects choose natural materials for the structure, the benefits of PVC-U still make it first choice.
“Islington is one of the region’s most prestigious regeneration areas and Falkland House is one of its most striking features so we are very proud that our windows have been chosen as such an integral part of it and that our customer Hardmans was chosen to carry out the work.”
Falkland House is made up of 66 en-suite bedrooms with common rooms and kitchen/lounge facilities, plus 40 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The frames were made at Glazerite’s North West facility at Bolton. Glazerite, the UK’s largest VEKA trade fabricator and a prominent Network VEKA member, also has its main factory and HQ in Northamptonshire as well as a distribution hub at Avonmouth to serve customers in the South West.
The Falkland House work has also brought long term benefits to Hardmans. Since gaining the contract, the installer has won and completed two further contracts for student accommodation work in neighbouring Cheshire and is in the tendering process for two others around the UK.