Deceuninck trade and commercial fabricator Dempsey Dyer is currently involved in a landmark £9.5 million development in Leicester. The development is being undertaken on behalf of housing and regeneration group LHA-ASRA and, once completed, will be one of the largest extra care schemes in Leicester.
The project is transforming the former Sangra textile building in Belgrave, Leicester into 102 new homes. The main contractor William Davis invited Dempsey Dyer to tender for the fabrication and installation of 332 windows in the building. The original specification was for aluminium windows, but Dempsey Dyer was able to demonstrate that by using PVCU frames, the project could make savings circa £60,000 without detracting from the project. Unsurprisingly, such value was too good to ignore and Dempsey Dyer was awarded the contract.
The 332 windows are a mixture of Deceuninck 2500 Series and 3000 Series. Sympathetic redesign of the historic building was essential, so Dempsey Dyer worked closely with William Davis to ensure the windows met the precise aesthetics needed to achieve a successful result. The fabricator was able to offer expert support in other ways too, offering advice on subjects such as cleaning strategies, rapid ventilation and fall protection.
The Wolsey Building, as the Sangra building will be known once complete, has been designed by Leicester based architects rg+p. The building will provide 62 extra care apartments and 40 affordable homes for a mixture of rent and intermediate rent. It is being built to CSH (Code for Sustainable Homes) Level 3 and the Lifetime Homes standard, both standards to which the Deceuninck windows Dempsey is installing will contribute to achieving.
The total value of the contract to Dempsey Dyer is circa £115,000 and the work is scheduled for completion at the end of 2010. There can be no doubt that the completed building will restore a Leicester landmark to its former glory and add to Dempsey Dyer’s reputation as a reliable and innovative contractor.