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In the spring of 2022, Emerald Windows and Doors undertook a large commercial project for the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, to replace the existing windows on their campus dormitories.
As the existing windows were old timber frames that were deteriorating in places, it was crucial that the replacement windows would have great improvement on security, as well as requiring little to no upkeep, while simultaneously maintaining the heritage appearance of the buildings.
Given the requirements, it was decided that Deceuninck 2800 sculptured casement windows were the perfect fit for the job.
When we were initially invited by the Royal Agricultural University to provide a quote for the 68 windows on their campus dormitories, they explained that they had a strict budget, which they believed would only allow them to replace half of the windows required.
They were given this impression by other double-glazing companies, as they had received quotations for all the windows that were double their budget. Emerald were able to quote for all 68 windows, including 2 bay and 4 dormer windows, within their budget price. The client was delighted as they had lost hope that it would be possible to replace all windows at once.
Not only was there a strict budget, but a non-negotiable deadline too, for the windows to be installed before the students moved into the dormitories in the summer. Despite the challenges this presented, the Emerald team worked hard to ensure that this would be possible and completed the installation within the given time frame.
Both the client and Emerald decided that uPVC casement windows would significantly improve the campus dormitories for numerous reasons. Firstly, the existing wooden windows were aged and required high maintenance, which made them costly. The uPVC casement windows that replaced them, are extremely low maintenance, have much better insulation values, and can reduce energy and heating costs.
As well as this, the uPVC casement windows offer high security and come with a multi-locking point as standard, which is crucial for the university dormitories as they inhabit the students of which they have responsibility over. To ensure maximum security, toughened glass, egress hinges and window restrictors were added to all the windows.
Despite the change from wood to uPVC, the heritage colour collection available with our casement windows meant that there was no compromise cosmetically. The client chose Golden Oak as the external colour for the windows, as they wanted a traditional wood effect that was in keeping with the rest of the university buildings.
This meant that they now have the benefits of uPVC, with the appearance of timber. UPVC wood effect windows have a great amount of benefits when compared to real timber windows.
The installation at the Royal Agricultural University has resulted in Emerald being shortlisted for the GGP Installer Awards 2023, which we are extremely proud of. Having worked with the likes of Marlborough College and Cirencester College over the years, we are well accustomed to commercial projects, but given the large number of windows, strict budget, and time frame that came with this particular job, it meant the team had to work even harder than usual, so it is very rewarding to be recognised for this.
No matter how big or small your project, residential or commercial, Emerald Windows and Doors are happy to help. If you need new windows and doors, allow Swindon’s No.1 Installer to help start your journey, by calling on 0800 612 4154 or send us an enquiry online.
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