ALU Top Windows Bring Together Old And New To Complete Redesign Of Veterinary Association HQ

When the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) decided to expand its Gloucester headquarters, they opted for a refurbishment and extension scheme which would give them a spacious, modern and professional building to help deliver the Association’s ambitions for the future. To seamlessly link the original 1990s structure with the modern extension, the contractor on the project – Lancer Scott – advised on the installation of REHAU’s GENEO ALU Top windows to replace the existing aluminium profiles and complete the scheme’s contemporary aesthetics.
Under the £2m extension and refurbishment plans, the BSAVA’s building – built in 1999 – would be extended at both ends, reroofed and would include an impressive curtain wall to give visitors a wow factor, as well as letting in lots of natural daylight. The project was forecast for a 42-week build programme, starting in August 2017 and finished in the summer of 2018.
Ellis Diver, Quantity Surveyor at Lancer Scott, said: “The plans for the existing windows was to respray them, as they were blue aluminium frames – a very typical look for windows installed in the late 1990s but by modern standards they looked pretty dated. The windows were certainly past their best and it seemed a missed opportunity not to update them during the refurbishment and extension project if the budget would allow it.
GENEO windows are REHAU’s most thermally efficient window profiles. Manufactured from RAU-FIPRO, a unique high-tech composite material, the profiles are certified by the Passivhaus Institute and awarded the highest thermal performance standard in the world with a U value of up to 0.73 W/m²K. Its additional selling points include an innovative triple glazing design that delivers on sound insulation (up to class 5) and guarantees the windows are break-in resistant to RC 3/RC 2 without steel.
To appeal to the aluminium market, the high spec GENEO windows can be coupled with ALU Top, an aluminium front panel which can be neatly affixed to the front of the PVC-U frame. The ALU Top Window Profiles are available in over 170 RAL colours, which are both robust and weather-resistant, for a finish to meet almost any design requirements.
In total 46 GENEO windows with anthracite grey ALU Top Window Profiles were fitted in the BSAVA building. Because the GENEO windows are PVC-U, they are more cost-effective to buy than aluminium frames and should the client decide to update the look of the building in years to come, the ALU Top window profiles can simply be replaced with a new colour or design without having to replace the windows again. The GENEO windows are also more efficient than aluminium windows, so will save the client money on their energy costs too.
Steve Tonkiss, Commercial Manager at REHAU Windows Division said: “It’s amazing the difference a simple change of windows can make to a building. By switching to REHAU GENEO Alu Top Windows, the BSAVA has not only secured a better performance window but from a purely aesthetic point of view, thanks to the ALU Top, they haven’t compromised on the finish they had envisioned for their new headquarters either.”
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