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Pet project
5th February 2019

When the British Small Animal Veterinary Association decided to expand its Gloucester headquarters, the contractor on the project Lancer Scott advised on the installation of REHAU Geneo Alu Top windows to replace the existing aluminium profiles.

Under the £2m extension and refurbishment plans, the BSAVA’s building – built in 1999 – would be extended at both ends, reroofed and would include a curtain wall. The project was forecast for a 42-week build programme, starting in August 2017 and finished in the summer of 2018.

Ellis Diver, quantity surveyor at Lancer Scott, said: “The plans for the existing windows was to respray them, as they were blue aluminium frames – a very typical look for windows installed in the late 1990s but by modern standards they looked pretty dated. The windows were certainly past their best and it seemed a missed opportunity not to update them during the refurbishment and extension project if the budget would allow it.

“So when we spoke to Abbey Glass about the glazing products required for the scheme, we talked to them about the aluminium frame windows and they suggested the Geneo Alu Top profile to us and we thought this was something the client might consider to complete the redesign of their headquarters.”

Geneo windows are manufactured from Rau-Fipro composite material; the profiles are certified by the Passivhaus Institute with a U value of up to 0.73 W/m²K. Its additional selling points include a triple glazing design that delivers on sound insulation (up to class 5) and guarantees the windows are break-in resistant to RC 3/RC 2 without steel.

The Geneo windows can be coupled with Alu Top, an aluminium front panel which can be affixed to the front of the PVC-U frame.

In total 46 Geneo windows with anthracite grey Alu Top Window Profiles were fitted in the BSAVA building.


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