Following extensive risk assessments throughout the business to allow a safe and phased return to work, in line with HSE and government guidance, in conjunction with ongoing dialogue with our customers in recent weeks, we will begin a phased and controlled reopening of our operations to support our customers from Monday 4th May 2020.
From this date, a small team of Customer Services personnel will be available to discuss order requirements. Reduced Manufacturing and Finishing Plant teams will commence limited production from Monday 11th May 2020
It is important to note that from this date, we will be operating with a limited workforce in place to support the initial needs of the business. This will be closely monitored on a week-by-week basis and scaled-up as business levels dictate. There may be some disruption to normal delivery schedules in the short term until we are able to get back to normal trading volumes. However, we will do as much as we can to support our customer’s during this interim stage.
The health, safety and welfare of our employees, customers and suppliers remains paramount and extensive measures are being adopted to ensure that necessary hygiene and social distance precautions are observed at all times. We remain committed to playing our part in helping the national effort to control the effects of Coronavirus on the wider population and particularly to reduce the risk to the NHS.
We thank you for your patience, support and understanding during this challenging time and we look forward to resuming the excellent business partnership we have.
Wilburn Basin is a brand new high-quality housing development of nearly 500 homes in four blocks ranging from 8 to 21 storeys sited around the historic River Irwell Basin, Manchester. It offers an attractive waterside setting to residents yet is within a short walking distance of the city centre.
The main contractor Renaker specified PVC-U for the windows and doors because of its ability to deliver the aesthetics, performance and U values needed within the budget required. With a total of 1,200 windows, including stacked/ribbon windows, plus 440 sets of French doors needed, the contract was a demanding one. The specifications were exacting too, with high levels of acoustic glazing required on elevations that were located next to busy roads into the city centre, the railway line and a retail park. The high rise nature of some of the buildings meant that complex wind load calculations were needed to ensure the products met current standards.
Main contractor Renaker awarded the contract to manufacture and install the windows and doors to longstanding Spectus customer Worsley Glass. The two companies had worked together on previous projects and Renaker knew Worsley Glass had the quality and experience to deliver what was needed on time and on budget.
Worsley Glass manufactured the windows using the Spectus Elite 70 system and used an Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) Smooth on White foil finish. The windows offered an overall U value of 1.2 W/m² and the company achieved the high dB ratings needed to meet the specifications by using acoustic laminate glass backed with different thicknesses of low e glass.
Worsley Glass has worked with Spectus for over ten years and Anthony Kilbourn of Worsley praises Spectus’ approach. “They’ve got market-leading products and their levels of service, including in stock foils and twice-a-week deliveries, really help our business. We enlisted their help on this project to undertake the wind load calculations and advise on the products needed to meet the requirements, as well as with the calculations and coupling specifications needed on the stacked/ribbon windows.”
The project took two years and the finished result has transformed the Wilburn Basin area and regenerated a formerly run-down area of land close to Manchester city centre. The Anthracite Grey window frames combined with the dark red brick used in the build provide a stunning visual finish that evoke the area’s industrial past yet are still strikingly modern. Anthony concludes: “The buildings are in a very high profile location coming into Manchester and we’re delighted with the way they look.”
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