21. March 2018
Office to Homes Transformation
Northway House was originally built as a contemporary office block in the 1960’s. At the time, it was conceived as being at the forefront of construction and design, embracing new technologies in concrete and ribbon glazing systems. However, over the last two decades the building has fallen into a bad state of repair as the desire for large out of town office space has declined. The existing 13 storey building is located at the end of Whetstone High Street, creating a significant step up in height above the rest of the street scene and local context, which consists mainly of 3 storey buildings with retail at ground level, and residential and small office space above. The overall concept was born in 2012 when Redrow Homes acquired the site and started looking into the potential to rescue and reuse the existing building.
Fast forward to today and through a long and detailed planning process, we are now able to describe the completed scheme of 149 new homes at Northway House. This has been a comprehensive proposal addressing how we have approached the re use of an existing building. The existing building has been fully stripped back to the original concrete frame, insulated and then re-clad with a lightweight stone cladding. The outcome is a finely detailed refurbishment, reinvigorating the building and capturing the pristine character of the original building. This has been achieved by using a palette of extensive ribbon glazing to retain the original character, and stone cladding to refine the proportion of the elevations, and the incorporation of new balconies and winter gardens. We worked closely with Windoor to develop a winter garden design that fitted the overall architectural intention of the scheme for Northway House. The winter gardens were a requirement under the planning permission to provide good quality amenity space for new homes that had a good aspect, facing East but were overlooking a busy road that generated a lot of noise. The Winter gardens on the East elevation created generous, usable amenity and also fitted seamlessly into the elevation.
The system allows residents to use their outdoor amenity space all year round, so even in winter; the space provides a useful external area. In summer residents can easily fold open the sliding and or folding upper level panes to make the most of good weather. As the upper panes of the Windoor winter gardens are completely frameless, so living spaces don’t lose any daylight.
With many thanks to Laura McLaughlin, Director|Architect, RMA Architects, for writing this text.
6. July 2017
Active Jake joins Windoor Team
We are delighted to welcome Jake Shapton to our team at Windoor. Jake joins us with several years’ experience in Business Development Management within the construction sector and with a proven track record of consistent delivery he is perfect to join us in his new role as Sales Representative for Windoor UK Limited.
Driven by a desire for great customer service, Jake’s talent for positive client relationships and excellent communication skills sit well with our own ethos here at Windoor. With sales experience ranging from highly technical products in the construction industry to specialist components in the renewables market, Jake understands the needs and processes in construction and specification.
With hobbies that include back country skiing, water skiing and coastal rock jumping Jake is clearly an active and well prepared individual who is not afraid of challenges; we have no doubt that he will become a very valued member of our team as our business continues to grow significantly here in the UK.
8. June 2017
Visit Windoor at CIH Stand C4
Our balcony concept has been embraced by both the public and private housing sectors. Received extremely well and transforming buildings throughout the UK, CIH Manchester offers those who have yet to see our unique system to feel the quality and operate this unique system. Visit us on stand C4, near the main entrance, where we will have a full size fully operationable sample balcony; handle it for yourself to understand the concept and appreciate the ease of operation. Whether you have a new build or refurbishment project, have your own ideas or looking for inspiration we would welcome a few minutes of your time. Our comprehensive image portfolio features projects across all design styles and within a range of budgets which will help you visualise how our versatile system will enhance your future projects and make them a reality. Improve energy efficiency and enhance tenant lifestyle with a Windoor balcony.
8. June 2017
WinGroup invest in new IT
A new ERP system has been rolled out throughout the WinGroup, including Windoor UK Limited here in our home market. The system is designed to optimize workflow and reduce delivery times and has been developed as part of the 2020 growth strategy adopted by the Group last year.
At Group level, sales will increase to over £100m and we continue with our aspiration to achieve 100% satisfaction with Windoor on all projects. “This new IT system optimises and integrates the way we work, uniting all countries in the WinGroup on the same platform and makes projections easier. Data on products and orders becomes more accessible, making order management more streamlined.” Anders Knutson, CEO.
John Baillie, Windoor UK Limited added “The number of manual data transfers falls significantly with the new system and it unifies our way of working which will reduce time, limit human error and eradicate double handling. Our strategy is to double growth in the next four years and this new system allows us to increase process capacity and double our order intake.”
The new system went live in May after a development project lasting one year. It is a complex system and has taken a huge commitment but will carry us well into the future to reach our objectives.
Alongside the new IT system, the Group have been working on the introduction of a 3D environment on the technical side. This can be linked to the configuration programme that handles all specifications of the orders’ products against production. We aim to simplify order procedures so that our stronger and more modern platform will allow partners to be able to place orders directly on the system.
For more than three decades Windoor have developed and produced our unique system and parts. We are the largest and most prolific provider of balcony enclosures in the UK. Our balcony system is high quality and durable; yet remains cost effective. We pride ourselves on good service and communication. This recent significant investment in IT technology enables us to continue with our high aspirations and standards well into the future.
10. April 2017
Windoor discuss value of Lifestyle in this month's LABM
Windoor were invited to submit an article for this month's Local Authority Building and Maintenance magazine incorporating HABM on the topical theme of 'How do we put a value on Lifestyle'. Windoor are able to speak authoritatively on this topic due to the significant relevance of our system in terms of the well-being benefits. With factual and subjective discussion the full article can be read below or viewed in this month's LABM Magazine.
14. March 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.
28. February 2017
Blackley renovation improves north Manchester skyline
Northwards Housing’s 12 storey apartment block, Clifford Lamb Court, has undergone a significant £1m transformation including the replacement of 48 balconies across four stacks.
Northwards Housing is a not-for-profit ALMO that manages over 13,000 City Council homes across the North of Manchester who, in conjunction with Manchester Working, undertook the significant refurbishment project.
The stylish balconies are a bespoke solution from our System 600 brand and the installation was undertaken by McKean Developments Limited. We asked Stephen Brown, Director of Business and Property services, Northwards Housing about what he felt the balconies added to the project and he replied “The new balconies, as well as a major re-cladding project, have transformed Clifford Lamb Court into a modern looking and more aesthetically pleasing building. We worked closely with Windoor to come up with a solution that not only looks great, but makes life better for tenants. The new balconies have an additional side screen which better protects residents from the elements.”
Utilising the existing concrete base, the new balconies were formed by installing balcony railings and utilising a PPC aluminium perforated panel infill. In addition, every balcony has a full height privacy screen from our System 1000 range which incorporates fixed glazing in opal laminated safety glass. Simple and stylish, this screen allows privacy from neighbours and the wider public which means the balcony space may be used more often. Because this screen is a full height element, a level of weather protection is also enjoyed to this aspect of the balcony.
We emphasise our ethos is to provide a bespoke solution that meets the needs and wants of our customers entirely and as a result we have developed an open balcony solution which is both stunning in appearance, practical and a quality system that will stand the test of time for generations.
2. June 2016
Prime Location at CIH Manchester - Stand C4
Having completed some major projects in the last 12 months Windoor are proud to announce we will be exhibiting at CIH Manchester once again. Securing a prime location at the front of the hall, Stand C4, we will have our full size, fully functioning sample balcony for you to handle, demonstrating the versatility, quality of material and ease of use.
We have new photographs and reference sheets from some stunning new projects we have installed this past year, located countrywide from Scotland to the south of England, featuring designs and applications that will truly inspire you. Many of our projects are in the Manchester area, perfect for viewing on your way to or from the show.
The show can be very busy, so If you would like to reserve an appointment please call John Baillie 0870 067 8810. Alternatively, feel free to drop in on the stand for a casual viewing at your convenience.
To make things easier, you are able to pre-register as our guest. Passes are free and will save you time on the day. Obtain your entry pass from the this link.
2. February 2016
Balcony enclosures are the way forward
Housing in the Govanhill area of Glasgow is undergoing significant improvement due to a refurbishment programme taking place for Govanhill Housing Association. Comprising of more than 250 homes, the programme includes diverse housing stock built over many years, including the traditional Glasgow sandstone tenements right through to more modern blocks that are just decades old.
The repair and upgrading of these properties includes Govanhill Street, and the refurbishment of a three storey block of homes. Designed by John Gilbert Architects these upgrades have not only improved the aesthetics of the exterior façade, but these improvements will benefit resident’s lifestyle through the inclusion of Windoor balcony enclosures in the programme of works.
One only needs to look at adjacent blocks which have not received this upgrade to see how underutilised their balcony space is. By enclosing a balcony it provides an additional recreational space for residents to enjoy and by installing Windoor’s system 1000 light, they have the option to fully enclose the balcony, partially open the glazing, or open it up fully when they wish to enjoy an open balcony.
The balconies on Govanhill Street were installed by McKean Developments Limited who worked alongside CCG (Scotland) Limited, the main installer on this project.