£Multi-million student complex completed

A £17 million student flat development with more than 200 bedrooms is the latest project to be completed by Kingfisher Windows.

The company said it used an innovative installation method to fit Optima flush tilt and turn PVCU windows to the nine-storey high, Agard Court development in Derby.

The flush tilt and turn windows were chosen as a value engineered product to reduce costs and replicate aluminium, while providing ample natural light for the new student accommodation. Specialist glazing was specified acoustically to minimise outside road noise, and each window was fitted with cable restrictors to protect students from the risk of falls.

The large-scale commercial project, valued at £150,000 by Kingfisher Windows, was completed on time and students from the University of Derby have now moved in.

Jonny Reynolds, technical director at Kingfisher Windows, said the Derby project was a resounding success and had led to the company securing another significant contract.

“The fixing system used meant that the pre-glazed windows could be fitted directly into the steel framing system, so the internal fit out could begin at the same time as the brick facade was being erected. This reduced the overall build time.

“Within a 16-week time scale, we had manufactured, supplied and fitted all the glazing. During the building work, staff came across old tram tracks and cobbles that once made up the street. These were carefully removed and the original Short Street was authentically recreated by consulting old photographs of the area.”