Clearview National September 2015 - Issue 166 - Page 83

conservatories Taking Up the Challenge »»Slough based installer, Abbey Windows recently teamed up with one of the UK’s largest trade fabricators, Astraseal to complete an unusual project at a property on the River Thames formerly owned by rock star Elton John’s mother. The client requested a replica of the traditional style summerhouse which had previously stood on the grounds of the property, with the intention of upgrading the new structure to a modern material but still keeping in line with the original appearance. Abbey Windows worked closely with its supplier Astraseal to bring the project to fruition, installing a white aluminium glazed summerhouse with two sets of French doors and solid panel rear. A grey Global aluminium roof was then fitted, which featured thermally efficient solid aluminium panels. Perry Davis, director at Abbey Windows, comments: “Not many companies would know where to start with a project like this, but thanks to our partnership with Astraseal, we were able to draw-up plans and offer a solution. We’ve bought from Astraseal for the past 20 years and what we like about them is how they never shy away from a challenge. The finished project is very impressive, offering great views out onto the river, and the client is delighted.” Zac Nedimovic, marketing manager of Astraseal, commented: “The Abbey Windows project is a perfect example of how Astraseal can help installers tackle the most unusual conservatory installations.” For more information call Astraseal on 01933 227233 or visit LABC approval secured Synseal’s recently-launched Celsius Solid Roof system is now fully approved and registered by the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) under certificate number EW550. »»Construction of a completely new structure or replacement of an existing conservatory roof with a solid roof will involve a statutory obligation to submit a Building Regulations application. The LABC is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales, aiming to ensure that all buildings are habitable, dry, safe and warm. Celsius Solid Roof has also been submitted for approval by the LABSS (Local Authority Building Standards Scotland) who are currently assessing the system under the Scottish Building Regulations. With four million conservatories installed in England alone identified by a survey carried out on behalf of the DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change), the market opportunity for retrofitting these building extensions is extensive and the fast-fitting Celsius Solid Roof has been carefully designed with an all-timber core construction to provide a truly warm yet relatively lightweight structure that will not unduly stress existing conservatory window walling structures and foundations. “We know that submitting a Building Regulations application can seem a little daunting for busy roofing installers,” comments Neville Gleed, Synseal’s Roofing Technical Manager, “so Synseal has partnered with the LABC and ASW Consultants to give two ways of making this process easier.” C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » S EP 2015 » 83