St Annes is a care home with nursing owned and run by The Little Sisters of the Poor, which is a voluntary organisation. The home has a strong religious ethos and the congregation has been on the Stoke Newington site since 1876. This newly built home is registered to care for 34 older people who require nursing care. In addition to the 32 ensuite rooms, there are 19 supported living flats and accommodation for the sisters who live on site.
VELFAC standard double glazed units not only deliver exceptional thermal performance, but also provide excellent acoustic insulation. For a residential development such as a care home, effective noise control greatly improves the environment for all those living or working in the building. Given that St Annes also houses a regularly used chapel, and that some rooms face a busy road, it was even more important that noise was minimised in an efficient and unobtrusive manner.
A good investment. Window maintenance was also an important consideration, comments Hurd. When specifying glazing, we were looking for cleanability - windows that could be cleaned from the inside, low maintenance finishes, and a durable exterior. These features improve a glazing systems cost-effectiveness as they help keep maintenance costs low.
Aesthetic values. Although practical considerations were obviously key to Hurd and his team, the VELFAC system also enabled them to maintain the aesthetic values that were so important to the overall building: We wanted a window with an internal timber frame, as did our clients, in order to avoid an institutional look, he explains. The VELFAC system could also accommodate the different functions required by the glazing while maintaining clean, uniform exterior sightlines, whether the windows included motors, used different levels of acoustic insulation, or - in the case of the chapel - featured specially glazed lights.