Two tower blocks transformed

Profile 22’s Optima casement and tilt and turn windows, along with matching PVCU doors, were specified in the refurbishment of two tower blocks in Walsall, West Midlands.

WHG, owners and managers of the Little London and Wood House tower blocks, specified Profile 22’s Optima suite for the installation of 960 new external windows and 130 balcony doors.

The installation contractor for the project was M Howells (Services). Matt Howells, director, said: “We are very experienced in the replacement of windows in high rise and low level blocks in the West Midlands and have undertaken numerous refurbishment projects for WHG. This project was the latest of these.”

Fabrication of the profiles was undertaken by Stedek Windows and Doors, which ran smoothly despite several challenging factors.

Richard Hammond, Stedek’s sales director, said: “The tower blocks had unusual front facades, and the PVC doors that opened onto the balconies had to be manufactured with a double return and z-shaped sills, which added a degree of complexity.”

Increasing energy efficiency was one of the key drivers of the refurbishment and the products are designed to deliver increased insulation and weather protection.

Optimas is capable of achieving WERs of A++ and U-values of 0.8W/m2K. Indicative performance measures are 600Pa for air permeability, 600Pa for water tightness and 2400Pa for wind resistance. The Profile 22 windows were fabricated to PAS24:2016 standards for security.

“These are two significant buildings on the Walsall skyline and we are very proud of our involvement in their transformation,” Richard said.