500 new homes

Wilburn Basin is a new housing development of nearly 500 homes in four blocks ranging from eight to 21 storeys around the historic River Irwell Basin, Manchester.

1,200 windows, including stacked/ribbon windows, plus 440 sets of French doors were specified in PVCU by main contractor Renaker.

High levels of acoustic glazing were required on elevations that were located next to busy roads into the city centre, the railway line, and a retail park.

The high-rise nature of some of the buildings meant that complex wind load calculations were needed to ensure the products met current standards.

Renaker awarded the contract to manufacture and install the windows and doors to Spectus customer Worsley Glass, which manufactured the windows using the Spectus Elite 70 system and used an anthracite grey (RAL 7016) smooth on white foil finish.

The windows offered an overall U-value of 1.2W/m², and the company achieved the high dB ratings needed to meet the specifications by using acoustic laminate glass backed with different thicknesses of low-e glass.

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