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Blending in well
Built in 1875, the Barnes Hospital was closed in 1999 and left to deteriorate. It si r eceiving a new lease of life as developer Henley Homes creates the Barnes Village around it.
The challenge for Henley and its construction division Reis Construct was to find windows for the new-build houses that would complement the character of the hospital’s originals, while providing the best possible insulation and acoustic performance. The original specification called for an aluminium and timber profile for the new houses. However, in liaison with the local conservation officer, this has been changed to use Eurocell’s Modus flush sash casement window in anthracite grey.As well as satisfying the aesthetic requirements, the Modus windows offered a more cost-effective solution while delivering better performance.
The first PVC-U window and door system to offer a 12-year guarantee (on white profiles), the Modus system is available in nine solid and woodgrain effect colours, all of which are available
“The power that property programmes hold over the UK consumer is astonishing and the knock-on effect on our industry is something that at Kolorseal we are used to keeping up with,” says Deborah Hendry, MD of Kolorseal.
“There are an increasing number of programmes etlling consumers how to make their houses look better, more welcoming, more on trend, as well as make them more saleable.A big topic is the importance of the first impression and property experts warn that the coloursyou choose for your windows and doors could make all the difference.
“At Kolorseal we see a wide variety of colour choices coming through and they vary widely depending on the component being coated. Doorcolourstendtobebolder,strongercolours,windows follow the more pastel or grey shades. Some of our customers have uniform colours for all their doors and windows, whilst others opt for more variety.” ❐
Nick Gibbons
  Growing demand
In little more than 18 months, REAL Aluminium has seen sales of its windows, doors and lantern roofs grow by more than 300%.
This demand has led parent company Customade Group to invest £250,000 in a new 23,000sq ft factory to increase aluminium window production by 60%.
The new production facility at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, will increase REAL Aluminium’s production space significantly, bringing it to 75,000sq ft in total.The new space will enable the company to boost window production to 800 frames per week, while capacity for aluminium bi-folding doors will increase to 300 doors per week.
The investment in plant and machinery si i ntended to sustain REAL
   with white internal finishes to create a light and airy living environment.A further range of more than 25 solid and woodgrain effect finishes is available to special order, including colour both sides.
Eurocell worked with Reis to find three window fabricators to provide quotes for the £750,000 windows contract, with Unique Windows System winning the tender. ❐
      Aluminium’s remarkable growth and will also create 40 new jobs for local people. Nick Gibbons, chief operating officer at Customade Group, says: “REAL Aluminium was a true step change for the industry and we’re excited by how it has achieved such rapid growth in a short period of time. Aluminium is dominant in the industry and consumer desire for it is showing no signs of slowing down.The number of installers offering aluminium has risen by more than 40% in the last five years and demand is predicted to rise once again
in 2018.” ❐
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