School keeps the look and loses the glare
12th September 2017
The appearance of an 85-year-old Merseyside school has been retained by the replication of more than 200 timber windows in the Veka M70 system from GLAZERITE and local installer K2 Aluminium Systems Ltd.
The windows were a part of the character of the 1930s-built Wirral Grammar School for Boys but the replacements also had to overcome a number of issues, as K2 Commercial Manager Liam Bird explained:
“Some classrooms had a problem with both solar gain and glare, so a blue tint was specified for the glass. Now, the rooms no longer overheat and the natural light is more subdued, so the use of monitors and whiteboards is more comfortable. Also, the rooms will be more temperate in the cold weather as well as in hot sun.”
As the installer’s name suggests, it could have offered an aluminium alternative but the sightlines of the original timber made PVC-U a better visual match as well as the other factors such as cost and heat retention.
The contract was secured via architect/surveyor Arcadis in co-operation with the Veka UK Group, which also provided technical support such as specification, drawings and wind calculations.