Exceptional affordable housing

483 Spectus Elite 70 windows were specified and installed in the £5 million development of 47 affordable homes built into the fabric of Edinburgh’s historic Edmonstone walled garden.

The development project has 16 cottage flats and 31 houses made up of one, two and three-bedroom properties. The design respects the existing wall and has seen the historic structure become an integral part of the fabric of the new homes.

Spectus Approved Window Contractor Walker Profiles was selected to manufacture and supply the windows.

The 483 tilt and turn and casement windows were manufactured from the Elite 70 system from Spectus Window Systems. They were manufactured in anthracite grey on white, to create an aluminium-like appearance on the exterior with an understated neutral interior.

Elite 70 is a 70mm five chamber system for fully enclosed aluminium and/or steel reinforcement and it meets the requirements of BS EN 12608. It also meets security requirements to PAS24:2016.

The key challenge was to ensure the windows fitted perfectly into the historic wall structure. To achieve this, the Walker Profiles’ team worked with the building contractor to ensure the existing wall apertures were cut to fit the windows precisely.

The new development has secured the future of the historic wall and it will remain for years to come as a nod towards the site’s rich history. The quality of the development has already attracted attention because it won Police Scotland’s Secured by Design Gold Award.

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