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New free school in Manchester to include top-grade windows

The windows for the new development will provide plenty of natural light, and will be supplied by contractor Excell Trade Frames

Posted by Charley Rogers | April 08, 2018 | Supplier News

REHAU’s TOTAL70 window profiles, installed by Manchester’s Excell Trade Frames, have been chosen for a brand new free school in Manchester, which will provide education for up to 100 young people in the area with special learning needs.

The Pioneer House High School has been built on the site of the former Piper Hill High School in Wythenshawe. The whole site has been reorganised through demolitions, refurbishment and new construction as part of a £3.6m scheme. The new single storey school building delivers a vibrant and safe learning environment for students aged 11-19 and features an interesting mix of materials from contemporary aluminium to traditional timber.

Manchester-based fabrication and installation company Excell Trade Frames won the contract to manufacture, supply and fit the PVC-U windows required for the Pioneer House project. Excell has an exceptional reputation in the North West for making and installing high quality REHAU windows and doors to the highest specification at its factory in Worsley.

Eddie McGrath, Commercial Manager at Excell said: “The design for Pioneer House High School required approximately 110 PVC-U casement windows and full height screens, to provide the building with lots of ventilation and natural light. Windows made with REHAU’s TOTAL70 profile were perfect for the job as they would provide a flexible, long lasting, low maintenance solution to the variety of new and refurbishment glazing required by the brief.”

TOTAL70 is one of REHAU’s most popular systems, offering a solution for both commercial and domestic projects. Suitable for new builds or refurbishment installations, the 70mm profile is available in chamfered and sculptured options, and the windows have single leg beads to provide easy but secure on-site glazing.

Eddie continued: “To win the contract for the school and make our offer stand out, we developed the design brief further by recommending a Smooth Anthracite Grey laminate finish for the PVC-U windows, to seamlessly match the smooth finish of the aluminium doors already specified.”

To simply customise the look of the TOTAL70 profiles, laminates – such as the increasingly popular grey tones which mimic the modern finish of aluminium – are a particularly cost-effective, no-hassle solution. All REHAU high performance foil finishes are durable, scratch resistant and can be easily cleaned so they look newer for longer. The laminate is also resistant to UV light, heat and the weather so the colour won’t deteriorate or fade over time.

With the Excell factory located just 7 miles from the Pioneer House school site – and coupled with a flexible approach and quick delivery times – Excell Trade Frames was certainly a good fit for the Pioneer House project. 

Eddie concluded: “As we were based so close to the site, we worked closely with the contractors Eric Wright Construction on a reactive basis – as soon as they needed us in to fit the next wave of windows, we’d have them ready to go and a team on site to install them within a matter of days. This helped to keep the project ticking over, which was particularly important as the school needed to be ready by September to receive the first intake of students.”

“Our commitment to working to the individual needs of our clients – coupled with delivering high quality products – is what has earned us a first-class reputation in the area and beyond.” 

Matt Janicki, Area Sales Manager from REHAU said: “After 10 years making and fitting REHAU products, Excell is very familiar with the product range at their fingertips and they have clearly used that knowledge to challenge and develop the brief for the Pioneer House High School project to add value to the specification and create a seamless finish between the PVC-U windows and the aluminium doors.”

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