£2 million systems package

Technal and installer Ravenworth have completed a £2 million systems package to provide high performance windows, doors and curtain walling for Telford Homes’ latest East London residential development, The Forge.

Built on the site of the former East London Bus Garage, the new development creates 192 residential apartments clustered around communal courtyards, accessed off a new public street.

Designed by RMA Architects for Telford Homes, the light buff brick buildings range from three to five storeys with a contrasting white brick 14-storey focal building. This forms the gateway to the development together with a row of interestingly designed townhouses.

Each block’s faccade displays frequent openings with contrasting areas of glazing and cladding, softened with balconies.

Technal Dualframe Si TBT windows, Dualframe 75 HP, C160S Lift and Slide patio and STII doors as well as Elegance 52 curtain walling helped to bring the concept to life.

RMA Architects director Mark McGechan said: “We used a range of tested products from Technal that work together giving a consistent look across the development. All of the systems have been manufactured in a durable olive grey powder coat finish, internally and externally, to complement the brick selection and the development’s contemporary architectural style.”

He continued: “The Forge meets a raft of requirements including National House Building Council (NHBC), Lifetime Homes (LTH), Secured by Design and Building Regulations. To achieve all of these, the project involved a close working relationship between us as the architect, client, fabricator and the systems supplier. We also worked alongside the Secured by Design officer to identify exactly which windows and doors at ground floor required a higher-rated specification.”

Telford Homes’ senior Technical co-ordinator Rodney Jack said: “On a scheme like The Forge, where you’ve got 1,000 windows, 170 patio doors and 20 commercial doors to be detailed, working alongside our supply chain is key. They’re the ones with the materiality expertise and are invaluable when it comes to manufacturing and installation knowledge.

“The one aspect of this job where Technal and Ravenworth especially made a difference was when it came to technical sign off for the proposed glazing. They went above and beyond to provide, not just a cost-effective solution, but also the detailed technical information required for statutory sign off.”