Clearview North May 2013 - Issue 138 - Page 40

INDUSTRYNEWS Back to school Bowater Projects has teamed up with Provizion First Architecture and Derwent Valley Construction Ltd to provide the energy-efficient windows and curtain walling required at a Derby school. West Park School in Spondon is a specialist Mathematics and Computing Academy, which had two buildings that were in need of refurbishment. Howard Bentley, Director of Provizion Architecture, explains that System10 was chosen based on a combination of specification, style and price: “System10 Aluminium was chosen for the re-cladding of West Park School’s ‘E’ and ‘T’ Blocks as this system met all the heat retention and sound-reduction requirements specified by the school, within the expected budget. “Because the system was available with a white powder-coated finish, it also meant that the new installation would complement the already-refurbished buildings on site, and retain the external aesthetic of the original building design.” Double-glazing replaced largely singleglazed curtain walling in order to improve the thermal and acoustic insulation of the building and improve the internal environment. Robert Mousley, Bursar of West Park School said: “We’ve seen a big difference in both buildings thanks to this refurbishment, with both blocks becoming significantly warmer and quieter - making for a much better learning environment.” Bowater Projects, 01282 716611, www. Sustainable commercial contracts VEKA customer S&A Developments has been busy completing a number of commercial contracts lately, all whilst promoting the benefits of recycled PVC-U. The Darwen-based company has manufactured 1000 windows, using VEKA’s renowned Infinity recycled profile system, which have been fitted into two different social housing projects in Wigan. S&A Developments has worked with Baas Construction to upgrade the social housing offering on Knowsley Avenue in Wigan to make the properties more energy efficient. VEKA’s Infinity profile system was chosen for the replacement of all 500 windows. The company then went on to work with Connolly’s Construction to replace a further 500 windows for another Social Housing project on Wigan’s Lee Lane. S&A Director Dave Connell said: “We were chosen for the project as we were able to manufacture and fit the window systems quickly and cost-effectively. Thanks to VEKA’s Infinity system, we were able to provide a high-spec system that offers great sustainability benefits as well as energy efficiency. Infinity is manufactured using up to 80% recycled content. “Since the windows have been installed, we’ve been told that residents are reporting that they only need to put 50% as much into their gas/electricity meters.” VEKA plc, 01282 716611,, HELPING TO SEAL A COMMUNITY INITIATIVE A project that started with one woman’s idea to help local householders draught-proof their homes has grown to become part of a community initiative that helps local residents cut their energy costs. With its latest projects, the scheme is also offering training to young unemployed people. Using Q Lon weatherseal from Schlegel, Community Draught Busters helps householders draught-proof their homes and is now working on two draught-proofing projects on civic buildings in the London Borough of Lambeth, one of them being the iconic Lambeth Town Hall, where they will be training young people in draught-proofing skills. The Draught Buster concept, which has now spread to communities throughout the country, was the brainchild of Londoner Sue Sheehan. Having started the scheme in her local community, Sue became a council employee and in her new role looked at how it could translate into something bigger through the Transition network, which supports community-led responses to climate change. So, from a team of individuals, TTB (Transition Town Brixton) Community Draught Busters evolved as a not-for-profit social enterprise that helps local people draught-proof their homes and improve their energy efficiency. ‘A not-for-profit social enterprise that helps local people draughtproof their homes and improve their energy efficiency’ For more information on Schlegel and other Grouphomesafe companies and products, visit 40 THE MAY 2013 ISSUE SPONSORED BY DURAFLEX To read more, visit