A combination of three, high performance window and door systems from Deceuninck have been used in the landmark Springfield Park development, located in Kent’s historic county town of Maidstone.
Springfield Park, which features 502, one, two and three bed apartments, was completed over several phases and consists of a tower block and three low-rise blocks on a brownfield site overlooking the River Midway.
The project was completed using Deceuninck’s Fully Reversible Window, 2500 casement and Linktrusion 5000 Series doors. These were manufactured by Deceuninck fabricator, Fastframe, in a combination of Quartz grey foil and the system company’s patented colour coating system, Decoroc.
Offering a highly durable, micro-sprayed matt finish that matches aluminium powder coating for aesthetics and performance, Decoroc is available in a wide choice of RAL colours and comes with a 10-year guarantee.
“Due to the contemporary design of the Springfield Park project, and the requirement for full height 2,400mm doors, it had originally been specified for aluminium,” said Fastframe’s Commercial Director, Paul Moody. “We were able to offer a range of higher performance solutions that could accurately replicate the required aesthetics, but which were also more cost effective. That proved to be fundamental in securing the contract from the client, Western Homes.”
Designed specifically for commercial applications, and for modern buildings with large window apertures, Deceuninck’s Fully Reversible Window was included in the tower block phase of Springfield Park.
It features a contemporary flush finish and can be manufactured to a maximum size of 1,400mm x 1,400mm with a weight limit of 80kg. It also offers class 4 air permeability, class 8A water tightness and class A5 2000Pa exposure along with exceptional energy efficiency, thanks to a U-value of just 1.3.
The Fully Reversible Windows were then suited with Deceuninck’s 2500 casements and Linktrusion 5000 Series doors, which were completed in matching Quartz grey foil, for the low-rise blocks.
Combining pultruded glass-fibre with PVC-U in Deceuninck’s 5000 composite system, Linktrusion combines the strength and looks typically associated with aluminium with the superior energy efficiency performance of PVC-U.
Particularly well suited for commercial projects, it allows developers to specify outsized windows and doors with slim-sightlines, without the need for traditional steel reinforcement. Offering up 30% improvement in thermal efficiency, 40% savings on materials and weight, it delivers U-values as low as 0.76W/m2k with argon filled triple glazing.
In order to minimise the ambient noise from nearby transport links, all the windows and doors were manufactured to comply to required acoustic protection, phased at different elevations, with the products installed at the lower floors having the highest acoustic rating.
For Fastframe, the ability to source a combination of systems from one supplier proved to be invaluable over the course of the Springfield Park development. The fabricator’s significant investment on an in-house Decoroc paint line also proved key in its capacity to deliver a number of different products, in a matching finish, using a combination of Deceuninck foil and Decoroc paint.
“Our Decoroc paint line, which represents an investment of £150,000 is the first of its kind in the UK. It has taken a significant amount of training, auditing and quality checks to get it commissioned, but it has allowed us to take control of our lead times and offer more flexibility to our customers as a result,” continued Paul.
“For Springfield Park this helped us to respond to a requirement from site to reduce the overall supply schedule and deliver in front of the original plan. Working with Deceuninck, we were able to do this, shaving eight weeks from the original schedule.”
John Duckworth, Head of Commercial Sales, Deceuninck, said: “Springfield Park is a standout project that involved manufacturing and delivering multiple systems, and it was made even more challenging due to the fact that two different finishes had to be seamlessly matched to present an authentic alternative to the original specification for aluminium.
“Fastframe did an outstanding job of rising to that challenge. The fact they managed to do so two months ahead of schedule, is even more impressive.”
For more information on Deceuninck’s commercial range and commercial work, please visit their website. You can also download Deceuninck’s full product portfolio from the NBS National BIM Library.
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