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Senior Architectural Systems' PURe¬ģ range of aluminium windows is proving popular in Sheffield and Hull

Posted by Hannah Vickers | June 04, 2017 | Facilities management

Combining a robust design, excellent acoustic properties and some of the lowest U-values available on the UK market, Senior Architectural Systems’ PURe® range of aluminium windows has been specified for use on several new projects in the student accommodation sector.

One of the largest contracts to feature Senior’s PURe® aluminium windows is The Courtyard scheme at the University of Hull. Comprised of five separate blocks based around two central courtyards, the development has been designed by GSS Architecture and offers a range of facilities in addition to high-specification student accommodation. The extensive fenestration package, which was installed by Glass and Framing Solutions (GFS), also features Senior’s thermally efficient SF52 aluminium curtain walling.

Purpose-built modern student living: The Printworks, designed by Axis Architecture

Further additions to Senior’s growing order book of contracts in this sector include two new student residences in Sheffield.

Located close to the city’s universities, the new Sharman Court scheme on Sheffield’s Broad Lane offers students high-specification accommodation in a central location. Here, Continental Installations Ltd fabricated and installed Senior’s PURe® aluminium windows for main contractor Watkins Jones and architects Kelsey Design Associates.

The Printworks is another great example of purpose-built modern student living

Also based in Sheffield, The Printworks is another great example of purpose-built modern student living and has been designed by Axis Architecture. Senior’s PURe® windows and SCW curtain walling have been installed throughout the six-storey building by fabricators Danum Windows Ltd for developers Noble Design & Build.

Hull's The Courtyard is made up of five separate blocks based around two central courtyards

The thermal efficiency of Senior’s PURe® aluminium windows can help reduce the overall environmental impact of the build and contribute to a significant reduction in heating costs. The use of expanded polyurethane foam (PUR) to give the PURe® range its enhanced thermal barrier also contributes to the system’s improved acoustic performance.  

As well as offering slim sightlines to create bright and airy interiors, aluminium significantly outperforms other types of framing material in terms of its durability to provide a low-maintenance solution that is both safe and secure.

Awarded a UK patent for its innovative design, the PURe® aluminium system features an enhanced thermal barrier manufactured from expanded polyurethane foam (PUR) and has the potential to achieve U-values as low as 0.71W/m2 K when calculated as a commercial CEN standard window. The range also now includes the PURe® aluminium door, available as folding and sliding options, and which can provide U-values as low as 0.93W/m2 K when calculated as a CEN standard door.

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