The redevelopment of a former industrial building in Leicester involved a Midlands-based Steel Window Association member, Monk Metal Windows, who provided a supply, fit and glaze package for the main contractor, while coordinating closely with other trade sub-contractors and the architectural consultant, Gordon White & Hood (GWH) Architects.
14 Deacon Street in Leicester has been converted into high specification student accommodation with Monk Metal Windows being awarded the £200K contract under competitive tender.
With the old single-glazed Universal Section frames already removed, the steel fenestration specialist undertook a detailed survey of every opening across the four floors to the building. Adhering to a 16-week lead period, Monk Metal Windows’ workshops produced a total of 600 individual frames to fit the 88 separate openings. These included pivot and fixed light frames which were then bolted together on site, prior to glazing.
All frames were hot dip galvanised to offer an extended working life and finished with a factory applied, RAL 9010 White semi-gloss polyester powder coating. To offer compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations, the 16mm IG units were made up of two 4mm panes of glass with a Low-E coating to the inner, and Krypton gas filling for the 8mm cavity.
The architect who led the project for GWH Architects, Mr Jon Sayers, commented, “This was a detailed conversion project for a private client. As it involved a listed building, we not only wanted to keep faith with the steel windows in the main elevations, but also replaced the timber framed fenestration around the courtyard using W20 steel frames. The accommodation now includes studio flats as well as two and three bedroom apartments.”
Barry McCabe of Monk Metal Windows added, “Having surveyed the elevations to the Deacon Street building and manufactured the 600 bespoke frames required, our site team carried out the installation over a four-week period, following an agreed sequence from the third floor down to ground level. All of the new windows were perimeter sealed by us with a matching silicone seal – leaving everything secure and weather-tight.”
Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the building regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, installation and customer service.
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