Deceuninck fabricator FastFrame has been named as a finalist in the Commercial Project of the Year category at this year’s G-Awards.

The fabricator supplied more than 1,800 tilt and turn windows and doors in a £2.1milion supply-only deal to the first phase of a major new development in Watford after pitching its PVC-U products against the specified aluminium.

This required the investment in special coating machinery, said to be the only one of its kind in the UK,  and close liaison with the client’s head office in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cortland Cassiobury on Ascot Road in Watford, is a 485-home build-to-let scheme, developed by US-based Cortland. The first phase of the project involved the construction of five multi-storey blocks, the largest of which has 23 floors.

FastFrame supplied products for 1,872 apertures across all five blocks. These include: Deceuninck 5000 tilt and turn windows – Decoroc-coated in Umbra Grey; and Balcony doors manufactured using a fibre-glass reinforced profile (Linktrusion) from Deceuninck. Decalu Patio Doors from Deceuninck Aluminium were also supplied.

The company worked with Deceuninck to show that the windows and patio doors were fit for purpose on the higher floors. This included demonstrating that the products would cope with the higher wind pressure at the greater height, and that they would be weathertight. This was completed via testing and simulation programmes.

FastFrame’s close collaboration with the main contractor and installer, and responsibility for the full interface design brief, were instrumental in reducing the overall length of the project by nine months.

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