The UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor, and recycler of PVC-U building products, Eurocell, has made a challenging refurbishment project in an area with conservation restrictions possible with its bespoke window and door solutions.
Located in a lively area of Liverpool, 44 Parkfield Road had fallen into an unmanageable condition before being picked up at auction by specialists in building and renovations, Ballpark Developments, in a bid to restore the landmark property and create upmarket apartments to suit the cosmopolitan area that surrounds it.
Some of the many challenges faced when refurbishing a building of this age, was that it had historically been fitted with timber-framed vertical sliders which the architect and conservation planning were specifying a replication of and, there was the added request from the Conservation Office to specify in the extended part of the building aluminium windows and doors.
These challenges presented further difficulties with aesthetics, energy efficient and noise pollution- resulting in Ballpark Developments reaching out to local specialist Warwick Developments and subsequently being introduced to the team at Eurocell.
After specification review and consultation, Eurocell’s Vertical Sash Sliders were presented as an alternative for the timber framed windows combined with Modus windows as an alternative for the aluminium window. Utilising the contemporary clean lines and U-Values as low as 0.7, made Modus the obvious choice. With both offering an added cost benefit, energy efficiency and aesthetically pleasing result.
Kelly Hibbert, Head of Commercial Sales at Eurocell commented: “Our wide variety of windows provide fabricators and developers, customisable solutions to suit projects of varying demands, including those that involve sensitive restoration like this development in Liverpool. PVC-U is an energy efficient, durable, safe and highly technical choice for residential properties and we look forward to working on similar projects in the future that require sustainable and forward-thinking fenestration options as we continue to lead the market.”
John McDonough, Warwick Developments commented: “It is thought of as unusual to install PVC-U windows in buildings under conservation rules. However, due to the intricate, customisable design options of Vertical Sash Sliders, as well as Modus, we have been able to present a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing option which both have low maintenance and cost effective benefits, whilst not compromising energy efficiency.
“We have worked on several similar projects in areas with conservation restrictions within Merseyside, that have seen PVC-U vertical sliders as the credible option. This meant that we had case studies the conservation team and architect could review for inspiration and guidance on specifying for Parkfield Road. The addition of being able to manufacture with sash horns and a deep bottom rail to align with the heritage features secured the decision.”
Tony Ditchfield, Owner of Ball Park Developments said: “It has been fantastic to work collaboratively on this project and bring the property back to life. The use of innovative and durable products helps reduce waste and the need for constant maintenance and replacements, which is of great importance as we work toward net zero. We look forward to seeing the building let with new tenants and for further projects with this team.”
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