The refurbishment of a high-rise housing block in north London includes aluminium windows and doors from AluK
The £330,000 fenestration contract was recently completed for Green Horizons Housing as part of their ongoing regeneration of the properties it manages in Edmonton for the benefit of residents and the wider community.
The AluK aluminium system replaces high maintenance timber frames at the 26-storey Mendip house. A highly durable solution that requires just a wash and wipe, aluminium is naturally resistant to corrosion and discolouration - all of which add up to lower maintenance costs. In addition, the AluK range offers excellent thermal efficiency in accordance with Document L, which also means lower fuel bills for residents. A number of blocks in the area have been refurbished using other systems, but Green Horizons Housing felt that the AluK product was superior in terms of strength, durability and appearance.
A total of 441 externally glazed aluminium window units and side screens have been installed at Mendip House, together with 172 double doors fitted to gain entry to the balconies and 10 entrance doors in a complementary design.
A classic casement window style was specified from AluK's 70mm deep direct fix outer frame system, with slimline transoms to maintain equal sightlines. A brilliant white finish was chosen from a comprehensive range of standard and special colours. The specification of soft coat glass, argon gas filled sealed units ensures full compliance with current Building Regulations on U values.
All work had to be carried out quickly and efficiently as tenants remained in occupation throughout the refurbishment. Also, access to the site and secure storage facilities were severely restricted as the block is located within the Edmonton Green complex with a shopping precinct and offices at ground level.