Clearview National December 2017 - Issue 193 - Page 6

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS INNOVATIVE STRUCTURAL GLAZING SOLUTIONS » » WICONA, THE SPECIALIST manufacturer of glazing and glass curtain walling, has worked with specialist contractor GLASSOLUTIONS to deliver the glazing and facades package for One Bedford Avenue. The 115,000 sq. ft. mixed-use office and retail development at One Bedford Avenue replaces two outdated office buildings on the corner of London’s Tottenham Court Road. The design concept for the building from Bennetts Associates was to create versatile, energy efficient spaces that would maximise natural light throughout the seven-storey building and provide the best possible views of the surrounding area. To help achieve these requirements WICONA’s WICTEC 50 Stick build curtain wall was selected. The design of the system allowed spectacular floor to ceiling glazing to be achieved and the extra narrow 50mm profiles further minimised interruptions to the views from the building. In addition, access to the building’s upper floor terraces is provided by WICONA WICSTYLE 65 doors. The versatile product, which features a flush leaf design, was specified to replicate the aesthetics and integrate with the curtain walling. The exceptional thermal and air-tightness performance of the windows, doors and curtain walling was also an important factor in achieving the energy efficiency targets for the building. Winners raise the bar » » AS THE ATLAS Installation of the Month competition draws towards the end of its third year, the latest round of winners has raised the bar with some incredible designs. The latest trio of Installation of the Month winners are Monmouthshire Conservatory Company, Village Conservatories and Hybrid Windows. All three companies are first-time winners of the award. Monmouthshire Conservatory Company pulled out all the stops with a breathtaking orangery that took the place of an ageing timber conservatory. Hybrid Windows created an impressive space in a Cheltenham family home that can now be used all year round. The outstanding installation, which incorporates floor to ceiling glazing and two Atlas lanterns, replaced an old- fashioned conservatory. Village Conservatories caught the judges’ eyes with a striking L-shaped orangery that combines aluminium, reclaimed brick, glass Hybrid Windows Monmouthshire Conservatories and two large Atlas lanterns to bring contemporary style to a traditional home. To see more on the three winning installations, visit installation. Every month, an installer will win a £200 Screwfix voucher and a £50 Majestic Wine voucher. Village Conservatories Entries can be submitted via Twitter to @Atlasroofjohn using the hashtag #AtlasShowOff or on email to marketing@ INDUSTRY TARGET SMASHED FOLLOWING RECORD MONTH » » A COMPANY THAT PROVIDES installers with finance solutions that they can offer to homeowners has recorded its best-ever month of trading in the glass and glazing sector. Improveasy Finance Solutions, which is based in Manchester, saw a record-breaking number of enquiries regarding its service in September. 6 » DEC 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Directors at the company say that they have seen a continued increase in demand from installers, as more consumers use finance options to fund home improvements such as double-glazed windows and conservatories. Improveasy provides finance across several different markets including glass and glazing, which the company says is one of its fastest growing sectors. Improveasy’s Managing Director Austin Barcley also credits the continuing ‘Improve Not Move’ trend with boosting his company’s enquiry figures: “September was our best month for both enquiries and for the number of new companies signing up with us. There is a definite trend of many homeowners investing in their properties and this is helping to drive a demand for finance options” Improveasy doesn’t just offer finance solutions. Companies that partner with them can also access sales training seminars, alongside a host of innovative finance options.