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Case Study - Sheerframe, Newcastle

Case Study - Sheerframe, Newcastle

A school in Newcastle which suffered from ill-fitting windows has been given a new lease of life with Sheerframe aluminium curtain walling and modern PVC-U windows.

Designed in the 1950s, the existing steel-framed curtain walling at English Martyrs’ RC Primary School had aged and worn over time to the point that lessons were too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. The previous windows had become so problematic that many could no longer be opened due to warping from weather damage.

This is a problem many head teachers and local authorities have as they face pressure to improve building standards and reduce energy bills in school buildings which were built decades ago, before PVC-U became the leading material for windows.

For this project a new, lightweight aluminium based curtain walling system with PVC-U windows was the best option to replace the old, ill-performing windows as it is a cost-effective but high-performing solution. H Jarvis and McGann Building Contractors worked together to design and install 280 new windows, with the majority sponsored for £10 each by pupils and their parents as part of the school’s 50th anniversary plans.

The four-chambered Sheerframe profile and improved glazing were a great combination to improve heat regulation within the building. The new windows are also secure, reliable and easy to operate – a vast improvement on the windows they have replaced.

Headmistress Denise Kendall said:

“The windows have made a huge difference. Not only does the school look better and everyone is more comfortable, but I’m also sure we are going to save on our heating bills! We are all hoping for a long, hot summer so we can put our new windows to the test.”


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