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Major refurb for iconic Manchester building

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As part of a large scale renovation programme, The Glazerite UK Group Limited and its Stockport-based customer, Arctic Seal MCR Ltd, have supplied and installed 1000 windows for a state-of-the-art 260,000 square foot business community. 

Universal Square is a unique office campus based on the Piccadilly fringe of Manchester City Centre, offering a professional service to more than 50 companies. As part of the demanding refurbishment project, five new interlinked buildings are all congregated around an impressive courtyard, with 24-hour security, car parking facilities, a restaurant, fitness centre and more.

The old building has been completely transformed and, as well as external cladding to the complete building, 1000 VEKA M70 windows were supplied to Arctic Seal for installation. The new structurally coupled windows are finished in Anthracite to replicate aluminium in alignment with the modern, 21st century look and feel of the building. All ground floor windows are Secured By Design accredited and all glazing is grey tinted.

Arctic Seals Director Shahzad Ashraf commented: 

"Having visited the Glazerite UK Group stand at the 2017 FIT Show, we were very impressed with the quality of their windows, and in addition to that their windows met our requirements in terms of what size frame they could supply. Since then we have worked with them on the Universal Square project, as well as two office-to-flat conversions in both Derby and Cannock, totalling around 1000 windows. Each of these were standard frames but with different levels of glass spec due to soundproofing and depending on elevation. All projects have run to schedule tanks to great communication from Glazerite and all deliveries arriving as planned."

Glazerite's Sales Manager Pete Smith said:

"This project is one of three across the county that we have worked on together with Arctic Seal within the last year after meeting at last year's FIT Show. The 2017 show was a platform for Glazerite to showcase further new projects and support services, and we are pleased this has led to working with Arctic Seal on such projects."  Pete added: "Now almost complete, the Universal Square project no longer bears any resemblance at all to the building that was historically built to house Great Universal Stores. Arctic Seal have achieved a fantastic result with an inviting and modern space for businesses of all sectors, from SMEs to some major blue chip companies. This was a great project to be involved with and the newly transformed building will play an iconic role in the Manchester commuter belt, with its location on the main rail track into the city."

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When teachers at a Cheshire primary school were unable to use their recently installed windows, K2 Aluminium Systems and their VEKA fabricator partner, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, came to the rescue, replacing them and making them fit for use. Though VEKA profiles had been specified for the original install, the contractor had instead used another system. This had resulted in bowed sashes and inoperative windows, as well as window screen walling which shook when pressed. As one of the North West’s leading commercial installers, Wirral-based K2 has worked extensively on new build and replacement projects, ranging from retail units and offices to schools and hospitals. Having fitted another local primary with a similar specification, contractors called on them to refit the Winsford-based school, this time using the trusted VEKA product. Together with leading VEKA fabricator Glazerite, K2 attended the school to find out what problems they were having and what was required to put the job right. Liam Bird, Commercial Manager for K2, explains: “Once we’d carried out our onsite survey, it was obvious the windows used in the install were so badly bowed they wouldn’t close, and the window system had no reinforcement in them at all. “ We made the correct calculations around wind loads, checked the dimensions, and, in line with VEKA and Glazerite’s technical expertise, we made the changes necessary to ensure the new install worked how it should and would perform for years to come.” Over a three-week period in the summer of 2018, K2 installed 47 VEKA M70 frames in non-grained Grey, alongside matching commercial-grade aluminium doors. Glazerite’s Sales Manager, Peter Smith, says: “The windows we fabricated for K2 were fully steel reinforced. The window screens were also coupled together with suitable frame connectors with the correct ‘EI value’, in order to withstand the calculated forces.” He adds: “VEKA’s technical expertise is second to none and K2’s installations are always exceptional. As a fabricator, we don’t cut corners, and together with K2 and VEKA, we ensured that the school got the correct products, which were well made and installed professionally and efficiently.” Peter adds: “The uPVC waste from the original job was also managed efficiently with the frames being taken by VEKA Recycling to their facility in Wellingborough. There, waste products are sorted and granulated for reuse in new windows and other uPVC products.”
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Glazerite’s investment goes North
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced plans to invest in excess of £1m across its plants this year, in order to improve performance and capability across the business. The investment programme will see the VEKA fabricator further enhance its offering for installers, and signals Glazerite’s strong commitment to the industry, as it approaches its 20th year in business. The first step in the programme includes a new Stuga machine, which has recently been installed at Glazerite Northwest.  The Stuga ZX5 automatic sawing and machining centre forms part of a major transformation of the Bolton-based plant, which will also see the site double in size by early 2020. Ian Lloyd, Glazerite’s Operations Director, says of the new machine: “The Stuga ZX5 is reliable, easy to use, and better still, it has a speedier and smoother throughput, which will really make a difference for us and our customers.”   In addition to the new machine, Glazerite Northwest has also welcomed a new inline welder. The Haffner SMR 5 head welding machine boasts increased frame output and a touch screen operation for a fast and effective performance, and is yielding such impressive results that the fabricator has ordered two more of the machines for its East and Midlands plants With Glazerite Northwest due to complete ambitious expansion plans by the start of 2020, it’s hoped Glazerite installers will also benefit from the addition of a showroom, which will highlight the broad range of products Glazerite offers to its customers. Jason Thompson, Group Managing Director for Glazerite, explains the reasons for the investment: “We are committed to continual investment in our plants so that we can service our customers with one of the broadest product ranges on the market. An increase in our capacity and improved capabilities enables us to become more versatile and flexible in how we manufacture products across each of our sites. ‘With new machinery making us ever more efficient, we are in a great position to continue servicing our customers, but also to drive forward with our ambitious growth plans into 2020 and beyond.”
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