Asset Fineline were employed by Mears Projects to undertake the replacement of existing steel windows in 16 blocks of 5 storey properties owned by Islington Council.
Local planning and building design conditions required the window frames to be manufactured from Aluminium to match local architecture and compliment the style of the buildings in the estate, which whilst not in any conservation area does border the neighbouring Tufnell Park conservation area.
Brecknock Road Estate is a Locally Listed Heritage Asset (with the London Borough of Islington). This status made it all the more important to come up with a window profile that would keep the design flavour of the original.
The planning application to replace the existing single glazed windows with double glazing was straight to the point, stating “the proposed double glazed units will be better for residents in terms of thermal capacity and noise insulation and therefore improve their living environment”. Just as critical to the residents was the aesthetic design of the window including exceptionally small sight lines to provide as much light as possible and it was critical that the windows and doors aligned throughout all the 16 buildings creating a harmony in design.
There were over 4 years in the planning process and as a long-standing supplier to Islington Council, Asset Fineline were the contractor of choice.
The 190-property project was undertaken over the course of 18 months and was completed in accordance with the agreed programme.
Due to its complex nature, the project itself required an increased level of liaison and communication with all key stakeholders involved in deciding the programme combined with all the practical aspects of window style and design. This therefore required a technically competent and design led approach in full consultation with Islington Council, Mears and the Resident Representatives throughout.
“The windows look great, and it’s especially brilliant that Asset Fineline’s surveyor, Alan, has managed to line up elements of the doors and windows so there is a horizontal continuity right across all 16 blocks of Brecknock Road Estate, exactly as we’d intended. The Residents’ Group are very pleased with the level of involvement we had in agreeing the details of the window designs prior to manufacture and during the whole process. Asset Fineline showed a high level of creativity in meeting our requirements and were responsive and professional throughout.”
A key aspect of the successful delivery of the project when on site was that the agreed design solution at planning and consultation stage was then carried out successfully to the letter at survey and installation stages. A great deal of attention necessary to ensure the scheme requirements were met.
Islington Council through its relationship with Agility Energy were able to secure funding for the scheme under the Energy Company Obligation. To meet the criteria set under the ECO obligation all installations must be undertaken by a PAS 2030 approved company. Asset Fineline have been approved since 2013 and remain one of the few window companies who continue to hold the PAS 2030 certification.
“Asset Fineline demonstrated themselves to be a competent and flexible organisation throughout the project at Brecknock Estate. The scheme requirements were such that a large number of stakeholders were involved. It required excellent communication skills, high levels of competence as well as a thorough understanding of the window design requirements to achieve such a successful outcome. The Home owners had very exacting detailed requirements for the whole project and Asset Fineline in partnership with Mears played their part in ensuring Customer Satisfaction met the highest expectations. The project has generated a number of enquiries from local residents and developers and at the same time the Mears site team and the window installers were continually praised throughout the contract for their excellent customer service in being flexible and obliging at all times.”
Theo Petrou, General Manager, Mears Islington.
Project Key Deliverables;
High level of resident consultation and participation
18 month project preparation
Local council planning process
Building and window design aesthetics
ECO funding eligibility and PAS 2030 installations.
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