Clearview National April 2018 - Issue 197 - Page 16

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS HOMES REGENERATE RUN-DOWN AREA » » WILBURN BASIN IS A NEW HIGH- quality housing development of nearly 500 homes in four blocks ranging from eight to 21 storeys sited around the historic River Irwell Basin, Manchester. The main contractor Renaker specified PVCu for the windows and doors because of its ability to deliver the aesthetics, performance and U values needed within the budget required. With a total of 1,200 windows, including stacked/ribbon windows, plus 440 sets of French doors needed, the contract was a demanding one. The specifications were exacting too, with high levels of acoustic glazing required on elevations that were located next to busy roads into the city centre, the railway line and a retail park. Main contractor Renaker awarded the contract to manufacture and install the windows and doors to longstanding Spectus customer Worsley Glass. The two companies had worked together on previous projects and Renaker knew Worsley Glass had the quality and experience to deliver what was needed on time and on budget. The project took two years and the finished result has transformed the Wilburn Basin area and regenerated a formerly run-down area close to Manchester city centre. ON THE ROAD WITH FOUR NEW VANS » » VEKA GROUP – THE UK’S industry-leading PVCu systems supplier – has added four vans to its Technical department as part of an ongoing investment initiative. These will assist Technical Service Engineers in visiting customers across the length and breadth of the UK. Technical Service Engineers are employed and trained in house by VEKA, to ensure that their knowledge of VEKA and Halo products and tooling is faultless. While some suppliers might only have one engineer to cover the whole country, VEKA Group employs four specialists. The four new vans provide extra storage space for equipment and tools to ensure engineers can assist customers no matter the issue, responding to support requests faster than ever. VEKA has been established in the UK for more than 30 years, and some VEKA and Halo customers have been with the group since day one. The ‘partnering’ approach that VEKA Group takes with its customers relies on regular feedback for the system to continually evolve and meet the ever-changing demands of the market. The newly-improved fleet of vans marks the latest gear shift to make sure VEKA is always first past the finishing line. £45M to kickstart UK housebuilding » » HOUSING AND PLANNING Minister Dominic Raab has announced a £45 million cash injection into key community projects across the country - helping to push the building of thousands of new homes. The funding - allocated by central government to help boost Britain’s housebuilding industry - will be distributed to 79 projects from Newcastle to Plymouth. The aim is to support local councils in completing the necessary infrastructure work to unlock viable council-owned land and the building of 7,280 new homes. 16 » A PR 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M The investment into the Land Release Fund is designed to help local councils open up enough council-owned land to build 160,000 homes by the end of the decade and support the government’s pledge of building on average 300,000 homes every year by the mid-2020s. Projects already set to benefit from the funding include a site in Paignton, Devon, where 200 homes are set to be built, in addition to a strategic council-owned site in Lancashire which will unlock over 300 homes.