New build success
Unique Window Systems recently secured a contract on new-build development in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire. The project is a collection of two-bedroom apartments being built alongside three- and four-bedroom homes, using the WarmCore system to mirror the project’s contemporary design.
WarmCore combines an aluminium exterior with a full-width, thermal PVCU core, and housebuilders including Avant Homes, Bellway Homes, Davidson Homes and Linden Homes now use WarmCore in new developments.
One of the requirements of the new Crest Nicholson development is that properties have features that provide homeowners savings in water, energy and cost.
Sunil Patel, joint managing director of Unique Window Systems, said: “It’s no secret that WarmCore really excels in the fantastic U-values it offers. The client informed us they did not want PVCU, but still required a low U-value. WarmCore offers great thermal performance but still maintains brilliant aesthetics that the homeowner really values. Furthermore, if we had gone with PVCU to hit the U-values, the style of the windows would have had to change as PVCU has size limitations. Having WarmCore as an option meant this did not need to happen; saving time for us and the customer.”
Another Unique development featuring WarmCore is just being completed at St Andrew’s Park in Uxbridge. St Modwen and Persimmon have both been involved in turning the former RAF Uxbridge site in Hillingdon into 1,300 new homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments through to prestigious five-bedroom detached houses.
This phase of the project has used WarmCore windows and bifold doors in anthracite grey, achieving a very modern look and adhering to St Modwen’s high standards of impressive specification and top quality fixings.
Kevin Warner, Synseal’s sales director, said:
“It’s great to see a fabricator of Unique’s calibre delivering such high-profile projects with our WarmCore suite. The product was designed with these sorts of developments in mind – high security, easy to fabricate windows and doors that offer beautiful aluminium aesthetics and the thermal performance expected of modern products.
“Unique has invested more than £3.5 million in its aluminium and PVCU machinery over the last 18 months, and its commitment to continual growth is evident in the largescale contracts it regularly secures like the two examples here.”
Atul Patel, Unique’s other joint managing director, said: “We’re a volume business and more than 2,000 windows are consistently coming out of our factories every week – you can’t do that and sustain quality without a high level in automation. The investment we have made in machinery has allowed us to guarantee consistent quality.”
This investment includes the Graf Synergy SL4-FF seamless corner welder.
“One of the primary reasons we have acquired the Graf welder is to fabricate WarmCore,” Atul said. “It’s a key product for us and we see a lot of potential in areas traditionally dominated by aluminium systems. The SL4-FF gives us WarmCore at volume – but also just as importantly, the high-quality finish that we need.”