Sustainable upgrade

Hundreds of homes at Ferguslie Park in Paisley have been upgraded sustainably with high performance PVCU windows and doors manufactured and installed by CMS Window Systems.

The large-scale refurbishment project for Ferguslie Park Housing Association has seen 300 of the landlord’s 803 properties transformed, in an area which – like many of the UK’s economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods – has faced numerous challenges in recent years.

A comprehensive strategy driven by Ferguslie Park Housing Association, however, is improving the quality of housing and the community facilities.

Awarded the contract through Scotland Excel’s competitive tendering framework, CMS was tasked with replacing windows and doors that had gone beyond the point of economic repair. One of Ferguslie Park HA’s key aims was to ensure properties comply with the Scottish government’s Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH). This seeks to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland, helping to reduce energy consumption, fuel poverty and the emission of greenhouse gases.

The project involved the manufacture and installation of a range of PVCU window types, plus external doors complete with sidescreens, finished with a Rosewood external woodgrain to the exterior and white inside the homes.

CMS was also able to meet the brief for enhanced security through its PAS 24 tested and Secured by Design licensed windows and doors.

Ferguslie Park HA has also been able to leverage much broader environmental and social benefits. Firstly, CMS has ensured that all the post-consumer waste windows and doors removed during the contract have been recycled, with zero waste going to landfill. And, secondly, by choosing CMS, Ferguslie Park HA is helping to support the local economy and a major regional employer which has a comprehensive training and apprenticeship programme for young workers.

David Ritchie, CEO of CMS Window Systems, said: “Our project for Ferguslie Park HA demonstrates how a partnership approach between HAs and suppliers can deliver holistic sustainability benefits to residents and organisations. This joined up approach is proving successful right across Scotland and increasingly UK-wide, and we are delighted to be able to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint as they strive to deliver better homes for tenants.”