14. Mar 2017
Quiet homes in Urban areas
Designed by John Gilbert Architects (JGA) for Ayrshire Housing, the development’s main contractor was Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd with McKean Developments Limited installing the Windoor system. 14 balcony enclosures were installed in this project, using the System 1000 Light option.
The upper part of the balcony system consists of sliding and folding glass whilst the lower part consists of slender powder-coated aluminium profiles.
Architect Matt Bridgestock of John Gilbert Architects, who have a long history of using Windoor balconies, having used them on projects in Fife, Glasgow and Moray previously commented “For the Limonds Wynd project there were a couple of key issues that led us to propose using Windoor,” Matt explained. “Firstly the site is adjacent to a main road, and the Windoor system reduces sound transmission by 17db which helps us achieve quiet homes in urban areas. The site is also very tight and we successfully argued with the planners that the Windoor system contributes to the private outdoor amenity space which allowed us to maximise the number of units on the site. The brief also asked for us to achieve Scottish Silver sustainability level. Whilst the energy saved by sunspaces is not accurately reflected in SAP calculations, it does have an effect on the energy calculations and assisted us meeting this target.”
John Gilbert Architects are currently monitoring a number of flats, looking at whether the project delivers the expected performance. “We are looking specifically at whether the sunspaces contribute to better air quality and assist in heating the flat,” said Matt. Jim Whiston, Director, Ayrshire Housing,
agrees that the system has many advantages. "Whilst most of the benefits of the Windoor system will be felt by the residents themselves, the benefits to Ayrshire Housing will include an improved housing stock that in turn makes the properties a more desirable choice for new residents,” he said.
"The balcony enclosures will also help towards protecting the building fabric, which should reduce maintenance, keep the homes warmer, and reduce condensation risks by providing space for clothes airing.”
Limonds Wynd is a new build project comprising 22 new flats and terraced houses in Ayr town centre for Ayrshire Housing.