The transformation of a Grade II listed Victorian mill in Burnley, Lancashire into the North West’s first University Technical College (UTC) has benefitted from a suite of windows from leading fenestration designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems.
Fabricated and installed by Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium Ltd, Senior’s SPW600e windows were selected for the project as they offer a modern yet sympathetic solution that was in keeping with the look of the mill’s original windows. Specified to give an ultra-thin sight line of 35mm, the three chamber 75mm polyamide window system not only offers an impressive thermal performance but also exceptional weather resistance, making it the ideal choice for use on a period property that is located on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The windows comprise a large number of small individual panels to replicate the Victorian style of the original architecture and unusually this has been created using aluminium rather than the traditional timber. This bespoke solution is testament to the design flexibility of Senior’s SPW600e system as well as the fabrication skills of Aire Valley. Owing to the uneven edge of the stonework around the openings, the installation team also scribed panels around the sides of the windows to the contours of the adjacent walls to ensure a high quality and elegant finish.
Chris Kilvington, sales director at Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium Ltd, said: “It was essential that the specified window system would meet the dual requirements of complementing the original features of the Victorian mill whilst performing to the strict standards required of a modern educational facility. Having worked with Senior Architectural Systems on a number of other contracts, we have been impressed with the flexibility and high quality of the company’s range of glazing solutions and the use of the SPW600e range has proved to be the ideal fit for such a complex and high profile project.”
Kerry Booth, quantity surveyor at Barnfield Construction added: “The creation of the University Technology College is a major milestone for the regeneration of Burnley and the challenging project had to be delivered within the constraints of a very tight programme. It was vital that the supply chain not only worked well together but that the products specified were fit for purpose and we were extremely impressed with the work of Aire Valley and the quality of Senior’s glazing systems.”
Capita Symonds provided the design and project management services and Barnfield Burnley Developments Limited, a joint venture between Barnfield Construction and Burnley Council, have developed the site for the Visions Learning Trust. As part of the wider regeneration scheme of the Weaver’s Triangle area of the town known as ‘On the Banks’, the total repair, renovation and refurbishment of a 150 year old textile mill has been undertaken to provide an inspirational learning environment for college students specialising in construction and engineering studies.