New thermally-efficient aluminium windows and doors have been supplied and installed by fenestration specialist Total Glass as part of a major refurbishment project at Lostock Hall Academy, a secondary school near Preston.
Working with main contractor Link Contracting, Total Glass fitted 91 ‘A’-rated windows and six doors, manufactured using the Comar 5Pi ECO externally-beaded system, in the 1960s Arts and Science block. These replaced old single-glazed PVC and Crittall steel windows.
On three elevations, the frames incorporated Super Neutral 62/34 toughened 6mm argon-filled double glazed units. Windows on the overlooked fourth elevation were supplied with tinted Guardian Silver-grey 32 toughened 6mm argon-filled units for greater privacy.
Extensive works to the timber-framed building, which had to be scheduled around the school hours, weekends and school holidays, also included upgraded thermal insulation and a new brick skin with external cladding and Trespa panels.
Andrew Sheil, Total Glass Commercial Contracts Manager (Aluminium) commented: “The main issue we had to overcome was the fact the science block remained in full use during the works, so it was essential to minimise any disruption on site.
“Having also worked around exams and inclement weather, we managed to complete 90% of our installations in the half-term holiday week at the end of February to avoid any disturbance.”
Nick Fletcher, Contracts Manager at Link Contracting, said: “The high quality of workmanship and efficiency delivered by Total Glass teams ensured the project progressed smoothly and was completed within the required timescales. The new windows and doors will contribute to the building’s thermal efficiency and a reduction in the school’s energy bills.”
Headteacher Robin Stopford said: “The quality of the windows and fittings has greatly enhanced the teaching and learning environment in the block. The work was carried out professionally and with minimum disruption to school lessons and activities. I would like to thank all concerned.”
For more information, contact Total Glass on 0151 549 2339 or visit the website at www.totalglass.com.