Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2019

Kingfisher Windows kits out multi-million pound student complex in Derby

A £17m student flat development, with more than 200 bedrooms, is the latest project to be completed by Kingfisher Windows. Award winning Kingfisher Windows used an innovative installation method to fit Optima Flush tilt & turn PVCu windows to the nine-storey high Agard Court development in Derby. 

The flush tilt & turn windows were chosen as a value engineered product to reduce costs but replicate aluminium, to maximise space and provide ample natural light for the new student accommodation. The frame finish was RAL 7016 smooth grey foil on white.

Specialist glazing was specified acoustically to minimise outside road noise and clear Sn70-37, mitigating solar gain whilst allowing high natural light levels.

Safety was paramount due to occupants and each window was fitted with cable restrictors to protect students from the risk of falls.

The large-scale commercial project, valued at £150,000 by Kingfisher Windows, was completed on time and students from the University of Derby have now moved in.

Jonny Reynolds, Technical Director at Kingfisher Windows, said the Derby project was a resounding success and had led to the company securing another significant contract.

Jonny says: “The fixing system used meant that the pre-glazed windows could be fitted directly into the steel framing system, so the internal fit out could begin at the same time as the brick façade was being erected. This reduced the overall build time.”

The SFS system was constructed to include brackets designed to support the load of the windows. The windows were installed with an EPDM seal around the perimeter of the frame, making the interior airtight and watertight.

The Agard Court development forms part of a reformation project in Derby that included the recreation of a street that vanished from the city more than 140 years ago.

“It was really interesting to watch the building take shape,” Jonny adds. “Within a 16-week time scale, we had manufactured, supplied and fitted all the glazing.

“During the building work, staff came across old tram tracks and cobbles that once made up the street. These were carefully removed and the original Short Street was authentically recreated by consulting old photographs of the area.

“We worked with developers to ensure that everything was delivered accurately and on time. With a project like this, we have to work closely with our client to ensure the part we play is perfect. It’s always rewarding to see the end product when it looks as fantastic as this.”