Senior offers specifiers a fenestration health check
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Senior offers specifiers a fenestration health check

With the deteriorating condition of existing NHS facilities continuing to be a major concern, leading manufacturer Senior Aluminium Systems is launching a new technical advisory service to help specifiers working in the healthcare sector identify the most efficient ways to improve fenestration design.

From upgrading the safety and security of doors, to maximising daylighting with curtain wall systems and reducing heat loss through windows, Senior’s team of architectural advisors is offering free of charge consultations and technical support to assist with the ongoing refurbishment and repair of healthcare buildings. A key part of this service is identifying ways to improve the energy efficiency of the fenestration design to reduce operational costs and carbon emissions, as outlined by the recently launched NHS Net Zero Building Standard. This new guidance aims to create more sustainable and efficient facilities that are cost-effective to build and maintain.

Senior’s expertise in the development of thermally-enhanced and Part L compliant aluminium windows, doors and curtain wall systems is supported by its in-house technical team that can advise on U-value calculations and other key considerations such as acoustic performance, solar gain, ventilation, and safety guidance to prevent injuries and falls from height. Senior can also demonstrate how maintenance requirements can be reduced by using durable and fully recyclable aluminium fenestration systems, and how working with a UK based manufacturer can limit levels of embodied carbon.

With a strong supply chain, which includes specialist glazing partners and a national network of experienced fabricators and installers, Senior Architectural Systems has worked on numerous contracts across both the NHS and private healthcare sector. The company’s portfolio includes the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillian Centre in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and the recently completed Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, Berkshire. This new £100m facility, which has been designed by architects BDP, features a range of Senior’s aluminium windows, doors and curtain wall systems. Senior worked closely with main contractor Kier and specialist contractor Soundcraft to create an aluminium fenestration package that brings both aesthetic and practical benefits.

To discuss your next healthcare project with Senior and find out how aluminium fenestration systems can be better by design, please contact your regionally based architectural advisor.

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