PURe aluminium windows and doors from Senior Architectural Systems featured extensively across the new Perry Barr residential development, one of Birmingham’s biggest ever housing and regeneration projects.

The systems were specified for three of the four plots that comprise the first phase of the development on the site of the former Birmingham City University (BCU) Teaching Campus.

The contract has seen Senior work with two separate project teams, collaborating with main contractor Vinci and fabricator partner Duplus Architectural Systems on plot 7, and with Wilmott Dixon and Acorn Aluminium on plots 8 and 9.

Plot 7 is the largest of the first phase of developments and features six new buildings in total, ranging from five to 15 storeys and constructed as a traditional concrete frame. Each building comprises both one and two bedroom apartments and ground floor retail or leisure space, with all dwellings benefitting from private or communal outdoor areas. To provide safe and secure access, and ensure that each apartment is as energy-efficient as possible, Senior’s low U-value PURe aluminium windows and doors were specified and installed throughout.

PURe aluminium tilt and turn windows and PURe SLIDE patio doors were also installed to the 430 individual apartments that have been constructed by Willmott Dixon across the four and six storey buildings known as plots 8 and 9. This part of the Perry Barr housing development utilised MMC and off-site manufacturing elements such as light gauge steel frame, brick slip façades, pre-manufactured balconies and balustrades, and bathroom pods. 

The system features an expanded polyurethane (PUR) thermal barrier, and the company was recently recognised with a King’s Award for Enterprise for the successful development of the system https://www.the-glazine.com/?p=9123 . The window system can achieve U-values as low as 0.71W/m2K when calculated as a commercial CEN Standard window to comfortably meet the latest targets set out by Part L of the Building Regulations.


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