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ARCHES AND CURVES RESTORE VICTORIAN HOSPITAL LANDMARK

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A whole array of window shapes including arched and semi-circular as well as many more conventional have been reproduced to retain the iconic look of a famous Victorian hospital in its new life as luxury apartments.

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has been a landmark in the Pendlebury district for nearly 140 years so the preservation of its striking appearance was essential to the refit, but the need for such a variety of shapes and sizes might have been too much of a challenge for some.

As well as putting considerable time into detailed measurement, installer D&M Windows created a series of templates for fabricator The Glazerite UK Group Limited to work from, as D&M managing director Mark Hoolickin explained: “It is a really beautiful building and very well known in the area so it was all well worth the extra effort. Glazerite were very supportive and everything went exactly to plan without a hitch.”

Oldham-based D&M, run by Mark and his son Darren, installed in total 90 PVC-U windows fabricated from the VEKA Matrix 70mm bevelled system by Glazerite at its North West manufacturing unit in Bolton with frame bending by Universal Arches. The client was Wiggett Construction, which, as Wiggett Homes, is now offering the properties under the building’s new name of Oaklands Lodge.

Owner Phil Wiggett said: “We have worked with D&M many times and, as ever, they did an excellent job without any problems. This building is a landmark so it was important to preserve its character and the new windows have helped to achieve that.”

Glazerite’s Peter Smith said: “This is the kind of project where the commercial experience of a company like D&M really comes into its own. The job was expertly surveyed and installed and the attention to detail ensured that everything ran smoothly for us, for the client and for the fitters. The new frames have brought the building back to life as well as improving the thermal efficiency for the residents.”

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