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King Harold Court Winchester

Client: Winchester City Council
Value: £80,000
Product(s): UPVC wood grain foiled windows and doors

King Harold Court, Winchester, provides sheltered, retirement and supportive housing for older people in Hampshire run by Winchester City Council.

There are 32, one-bedroom flats within landscaped, walled gardens in the St Cross area.

The flats were erected in the late 20th century and featured dark stained, single glazed timber windows, which alongside the doors were in need of replacement.

The dark wood of the present windows was seen as a deliberate part of the design character of the buildings. Therefore, planning required that the replacement, uPVC double glazed windows had a coloured finish to match the existing windows as closely as possible.

Another important consideration was reducing maintenance and heating costs, and improving sound and heat insulation so as to improve the living conditions for the residents.

The works were subject to a competitive tender and four Profile 22 approved contractors were invited by Winchester City Council to submit costs for the works.

“Nolan Commercial provided the most cost effective price and was therefore awarded the works,” says Winchester City Council senior surveyor Justin Gokgol.

The four-week, £80,000 project included the supply and installation uPVC low emissive double glazed units finished in a wood grain foil. Toughened glass was installed in critical locations along with trickle vents and restrictors to all windows.

The scheme is close to a main rail line and so an important consideration was to minimise noise from the trains as well as improving thermal insulation and minimising long-term maintenance associated with the older timber windows.

“The replacement windows and doors will provide the residents with improved thermal and acoustic installation as well as the added security and controlled ventilation.

“Nolan Commercial provided an excellent service. The work was carried out on time and within budget. All our residents were kept informed and were dealt with sympathetically,” concludes Justin.

Commenting on the project, Nolan Commercial department manager Chris Hughes said:

“This has been our first experience of working directly with Winchester City Council. The operation ran smoothly both on and off site, with any potential problems being dealt with swiftly and to the satisfaction of all involved.

“The new installations will hopefully provide much improved living conditions to the residents of the complex, with better sound and heat insulation. It will also provide the Council with a largely “maintenance free” alternative to the old timber it has replaced.

“Our thanks to Winchester City Council for granting us the opportunity to demonstrate our abilities in providing a first class product and service, and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

Feedback from King Harold Court residents:

“Very happy with the results a vast difference, wonderful.”

“Very pleased with the new replacement windows, the workmen were considerate and careful.”

“I am delighted with the windows, all praise to the workmen who were polite, clean with their work and had respect for the elderly – very good team. Thank you very much.”

“The whole project seemed to be carried out in a well ordered and workman like manner and the men involved were all very pleasant, hardworking and a credit to their company.”

“It’s a very professional job and quicker than I expected. A great improvement and the windows are very easy to use. The workmen were methodical and professional, very well mannered and humorous.”

 

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