Technical guidance provided

Bowater Projects’ technical advice and knowledge has been critical to the success of Linc’s commitment to upgrade its residential scheme Llys Yr Efail in Blaenau Gwent, the company has reported.

Llys Yr Efail is a housing scheme for older people and contains 35 self-contained one and two bedroom flats over three floors, as well as a lower ground floor comprising communal facilities with a lift to all floors.

Richard Hallett, development manager at Linc said: “In March 2016 we invited potential tenderers to express their interest in bidding for the project to replace the 300 plus windows and doors on our housing scheme in Blaenau Gwent. We received a lot of interest, but after vetting the responses and shortlisting the bids, we decided to partner with Bowater Projects, as its bid was the most competitive.”

Over 200 casement windows from The Veka UK Group, in the Halo System10 profile, were specified for this project, as well as nine doors.
The low-level gasket design of the windows avoids the black border appearance and allows as much daylight as possible to fill the room, which can improve the health and well-being of those living within the building.

“Within the tender document, we set out the overall design and specification,” Richard said. “However, during our pre-contract discussions with Bowater Projects, the company informed us of a number of technical matters that needed to be addressed. This included the use of heavy-duty hinges on the wide opening windows, which exceeded the maximum specification width, and the inclusion of anti-glare tinted glass on the south-facing communal areas, which was a recommendation from the RNIB after a compliance survey was completed.

“In addition, on the housing complex there were projecting bays and eaves combination windows, so the design of the replacement windows was critical to the success of the scheme. Therefore, Bowater Projects proposed to pilot an installation of a Halo System10 casement window and roof lights, prior to the commencement of the main project. This was to enable detailed design queries to be thoroughly established and resolved before the actual production and installation commenced.

“In fact, these particular windows could have easily caused extensive delays and additional costs, but the pilot arrangement eliminated these potential problems and benefited all parties concerned.”

Denise Long, scheme manager at Llys Yr Efail, said: “Bowater Projects managed to complete the project with very minimal disruption and inconvenience. And with regards to the windows and doors that were installed, the noise and warmth levels have improved significantly within each of our tenants’ flats.”