Clearview National January 2018 - Issue 194 - Page 40

PROUD SPONSOR OF DOORS & WINDOWS DOORS&WINDOWS Doors last 40% longer in rigorous testing » » FD30 FIRE DOORS FROM BESPOKE timber experts West Port have been proven to withstand fires for 40% longer than the legal requirement. To achieve an FD30 rating, products must hold flames at bay for 30 minutes. Subjected to rigorous testing by both Cambridge Fire Research and BRE, West Port’s door managed to withstand temperatures more than 800 degrees Celsius for 42 minutes 7 seconds, or 40% longer. Ken Mercer, West Port Commercial Sales Director commented: “After the tragedy at Grenfell, fire safety is being talked about more than it has for decades. “It’s clear that for far too long, attitudes towards fire safety have been too lax, and it’s the responsibility of everyone in the construction industry to help ensure nothing like this happens again. “It’s frighteningly common for manufacturers to test their fire door components separately, rather than testing the completely assembled door set. That can lead to products with FD30 components that only last a fraction of the time they’re supposed to. We’ve come across FD30 fire doors that fail in under 15 minutes before, which is simply unacceptable.” THRESHOLD OF RAPID GROWTH WITH RE-LAUNCH » » CRAFTED PRECISION IS SET TO BE the buzz word for 2018 as Virtuoso Doors – previously known as WB Group – makes its rise to fame. Virtuoso Doors has kicked-off the New Year with a major re-launch to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of high end composite doors and PVCu door panels. Under the launch, the company has unveiled a bold new identity to capture the unique craftsmanship and precision engineering that goes into making every single Virtuoso door. The move heralds the next exciting phase of rapid growth for Virtuoso Doors, which is part of the new Customade Group. Tony Craggs, managing director of Virtuoso Doors, explains: “Virtuoso Doors will be the name on everyone’s lips in 2018. We have a new name and we have a new look, but what we stand for remains the same.” Based at an 80,000-square foot site in Birtley, County Durham, Virtuoso Doors recently invested £750,000 in new specialist machinery and IT systems. The move has boosted Virtuoso Doors’ capabilities and created additional capacity for future growth and development. MODUS SYSTEM AIDS GOTHIC REVIVAL » » BUILT IN 1875, THE BARNES Hospital is a French Gothic style building where patients from Manchester Infirmary were sent to convalesce. The Grade II-listed building, which was closed in 1999 and left to deteriorate, is now receiving a new lease of life as developer Henley Homes creates the Barnes Village around it. Alongside the 38 homes that are being constructed within the Victorian building, Henley is building a further 117 two and four- bedroom townhouses in the hospital grounds. The challenge for Henley and its construction division Reis Construct was to find windows for the new-build houses that would 40 » JAN 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M complement the character of the hospital’s originals, while providing the best possible insulation and acoustic performance. The original specification from Jeffery Bell Architects called for an aluminium and timber profile for the new houses. However, in liaison with the local conservation officer, Reis elected to substitute these for 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 than the original specification.