Glazerite installer, Howard Yarnold Windows and Doors has put the finishing touches on a major installation as part of a local college’s drive to reduce carbon emissions.
The Birmingham-based business worked with Nuneaton College in Warwickshire to carry out the installation of new windows, which also saw the college add solar panels, cavity wall insulation and more efficient radiators in three of its main buildings.
Established half a century ago, Howard Yarnold Windows & Doors has a large commercial and residential customer base across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. While its aluminium products are fabricated in-house at Howard Yarnold’s city centre base, its uPVC work is outsourced to longstanding partner, the Glazerite UK Group.
The Nuneaton College project saw windows replaced across three separate study blocks on the site, with single glazed crittal steel windows replaced with more than 70 Veka M70 windows in anthracite grey. The frames were fabricated by Glazerite at its Midlands Division in nearby Wellingborough.
Howard Yarnold Windows and Doors, which employs 35 people, is headed up by Anthony Niblett. He explains: “The college wanted to look at ways to reduce their carbon footprint so installing double glazed uPVC windows was an ideal solution as they are much more energy efficient and will significantly improve heat retention. They are also much more aesthetic in comparison to the original windows, which had been in place since the 1970s.”
The work, which is in its final stages, saw the Howard Yarnold team overcoming some challenges onsite. Anthony explains: “The roof wasn’t sturdy enough to take the weight of scaffolding, so we installed some of the windows using a large, truck-mounted cherry picker. We were also only able to give Glazerite notice of the install dates shortly before the installation took place, but they rose to the challenge and delivered everything we needed on time.”
Anthony adds: “We have worked with Glazerite to pick up overspill uPVC work for a decade and trust them because they are reliable and flexible, and always produce high-quality windows. We made the decision last year to cease in-house uPVC fabrication in favour of aluminium and Glazerite was the only choice to pick up the work and help us fulfil uPVC orders going forward.”
Calum Williams, area sales manager at Glazerite concludes: “The college installation looks fantastic, and will go some way to helping them reduce their carbon footprint.
“As a fabricator, it’s our job to make installers’ jobs easier. We offer a comprehensive product portfolio and add value in other ways, whether that’s turning a job around at short notice, or stepping in when our customers make the decision to cease in-house fabrication as we have done with the team at Howard Yarnold.”