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Glazerite create a new lease of life for college

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The Bellerive FCJ Catholic College in Sefton, Liverpool, has been given a new lease of life thanks to the addition of 94 bespoke PVC-U vertical sliders, manufactured by Glazerite's dedicated Specials Production Facility in Wellingborough and expertly installed by Network VEKA member, K2 Aluminum, in Birkenhead.

The substantial project, which was managed by Cunliffes Construction Consultants, posed a number of demanding challenges, not least of which was the fact that the 170-year old school is situated in a conservation area. As such, a key part of the extensive renovation was to convince the local planning authorities that it would be possible to produce a modern, energy efficient PVC-U window that could successfully mimic the appearance and style of the school’s existing timber items – many of which had become so dilapidated, that they could no longer be opened.

After an initial technical consultation to provide feasibility, specification and wind load calculations for the proposed frames with system supplier, VEKA, Glazerite Window’s North West Division, based in Bolton, submitted a sample window featuring knifed corner joints, a deep bottom rail and run through horns that was duly approved by the planning department overseeing the scheme.

The installation at Bellerive was made all the more complicated due to the sheer size of some of the windows, which also included a variety of twin sash, triple sash and arch designs, as well as the time constraints put in place in order to minimise disruption for staff and pupils at the school itself.

According to K2 Aluminium’s Liam Bird, the installation at Bellerive might have presented a number of unique hurdles, but the end result was well worth the effort: “The planning officer not only wanted the replacement windows to replicate the original timber appearance they had to reproduce the period features as well. The support we had from Glazerite was fantastic though. They always produce a great window and always on time, which is why we have such a great working relationship with them.

“It was a difficult project for a number of reasons, such as ensuring that we protected all the original internal timber works, but the end result has not only helped to improve the appearance of such an established school, but provided a much better environment for its pupils to learn in as well.”

Glazerite is an established Network VEKA member and is the system company’s largest trade fabricator in the UK. Offering a fully nationwide service, Glazerite has manufacturing hubs in Northants and Greater Manchester, as well as a South West distribution centre in Bristol that serves South Wales and The West of England.

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Glazerite launches sales support suite for heritage range
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has launched its Heritage Range brochure and an accompanying suite of marketing materials for installers looking to showcase the range to customers.  With something for every budget, the Heritage Range brings together a host of alternatives to high-maintenance timber, including flush sash and vertical slider windows. With developments in energy efficiency, security and the aesthetics, colours and finishes of windows, doors and hardware, homeowners are increasingly seeing the benefits of using virtually maintenance-free uPVC over wood.  The 24-page brochure showcases Glazerite's complete range of heritage-style systems designed to restore or add traditional character to homes, from leading brands including The Residence Collection, Halo and VEKA.  As part of its ongoing aim to support installers, Glazerite has also launched a range of accompanying sales support material which can be tailored with the installer's own branding and company details. The marketing materials include dropcards, banner stands and posters as well as counter display units designed to increase customers' awareness of the Heritage Range.  Michelle Wright, Glazerite's Group Marketing Manager, explains: "Thanks to developments in product aesthetics and the virtually maintenance-free benefits of uPVC, homeowners are increasingly seeing its value for use in period property installations. Our brochure encapsulates the complete range in one collection in order to support installers when they're in front of customers. The supporting material, such as the dropcards and banner stands, can be fully branded with the installer's own company logo and information for just the price of the print run." To find out more about the full Heritage Range sales support package, please email marketing@glazerite.net. Download the Heritage range brochure here.
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Glazerite adds three new faces to Sales & Marketing team
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd is looking to better serve the needs of its growing installer base with a number of new appointments to its sales and marketing team. Katie Sampson joins the Wellingborough-based fabricator this month as Area Sales Manager, with responsibility for customers across the South East and the Midlands. Reporting directly into Glazerite’s Group Sales & Marketing Director, Jeff Dunn, Katie says: “I can’t wait to get started and to meet my customers. I’ve worked with Glazerite before when I was at Network VEKA (now Independent Network) and have watched them grow from afar. I really like their customer-focused ethos and I’m delighted to be joining them.” Jeff adds: “Katie’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Glazerite and our customers. She has proven industry experience, including installer support and trade counter positions with some leading industry brands. She also has a thorough knowledge of the portfolio, from VEKA/Halo products right through to doors, hardware and roofing systems, and brings with her energy, a proven work ethic and a great understanding of customer service.” Katie joins Glazerite from a Sales Manager role at Ultraframe and has previously worked in customer-focused roles with VEKA and SIG plc. As part of its sales and marketing team’s transformation, Glazerite has also recently appointed Jeff Dunn into the newly-created Group Sales and Marketing Director role, and last year recruited Lauren Edwards as Digital Marketing Coordinator. Jason Thompson, Managing Director, explains: “As part of our aim to help installers become best-in-class, we wanted to bolster the support we can give to our customers, including digital marketing support. Lauren’s expertise means we can provide tailored website content, social media management and search engine optimisation to help our installers attract new customers.” Lauren has already made an impact, with the news she has been shortlisted for ‘Social Networker’ at this year’s National Fenestration Awards. Meanwhile, Jeff Dunn is settling into his new role at the fabricator and is looking ahead to the benefits a growing team can bring for customers. “It’s a great time for Katie to be joining our team. We’re looking forward to getting out and about seeing customers and continuing to deliver the exceptional service they expect from us.”
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Glazerite shortlisted for prestigious G18 Award
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has been nominated for ‘Fabricator of the Year’ at this year’s G Awards, which take place in London on 30th November 2018.  The news follows Glazerite’s success last year in the same category, when they were crowned winners.  Director, Jason Thompson, says of the nomination: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted once again for this coveted award. Our teams have worked harder than ever across all four of our sites this year, building on the success of the G17 awards in a number of ways. We’ve extended our product range, invested in manufacturing and strengthened our installer-support team as we continue with our aim to help our customers become best-in-class.   “Like everyone across the industry, we’ve faced tough trading conditions and it’s not all been plain sailing. We’re extremely grateful to our customers and suppliers for the loyalty and support they’ve continued to show us and we’re thrilled to see that some of them, like Thistle Windows and VEKA, are up for awards themselves. We wish them, and the rest of this year’s finalists, all the best.”  2018 has seen Glazerite strengthen its heritage range with the addition of the Residence 7 FlushSash product and a mechanical jointed version of their VEKA Vertical Slider. The portfolio has also been enhanced with a range of new composite doors from Halo and Solidor, as well as an increased choice of colours.  Wellingborough-based Glazerite has also appointed a digital marketing specialist, Lauren Edwards, in order to specifically support installers with their online ambitions. Lauren works closely with customers looking to increase awareness by using tailored techniques such as search engine optimisation, mobile-friendly websites and an enhanced social media presence. Jason adds: “As well as our people, we’ve also continued to invest in our vehicle fleet and our manufacturing sites, with new machinery and expansion planned for our Bolton site for example.   “I’d like to thank all of the team here at Glazerite for the exceptional customer service they deliver, day in, day out and I know we are all thrilled to have been recognised again this year. We’re up against some strong competition, but whatever happens, we know we’ll have a fantastic evening.”
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