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Building Products December 2017

THE FUTURE OF FENESTRATION HAS ARRIVED The world of next-generation fenestration is dynamic, with innovation and investment at all levels of the supply chain. Forward thinking companies like leading systems’ company, Deceuninck, together with its nationwide network of specialist commercial fabricators, installers, contractors, modular build partners and facade companies, are committed to playing a lead role in the industry’s future. Deceuninck’s Rob McGlennon looks at the latest trends. Ground Breaking Technology Commercial door and window specification has traditionally been shared across PVC-U and aluminium products. Both have their own advantages. Historically perceived as the poorer cousin, PVC-U has developed significantly over recent years and now scores especially well in terms of sustainability and thermal efficiency. It also offers good value for money. However, to achieve core strength, PVC-U COVER STORY | DECEUNINCK | ADVERTORIAL 6 BUILDING PRODUCTS | DECEMBER 2017 IN BRIEF: HPC PROJECT • Fabricator & Installer: Dempsey Dyer • MMC Contractor: Caledonian Modular • Main Contractor: Laing O’Rourke • Client: EDF Energy • 3,432 tilt-only windows (Deceuninck 2500 series, anthracite Grey RAL 7016) • Value £1.75 million • Off-site full EPDM window installation into modular living spaces before transportation from Midlands factory to HPC in Somerset The UK is seeing a relentless demand for new housing, which shows no sign of slowing with Theresa May’s most recent promise to personally solve the housing crisis, by taking tens of billions of housing associations’ debt ‘off the books’ to stimulate building in the sector. The Chancellor’s budget has followed suit and pledged to fix the UK’s housing market with investment, planning reform and tax cuts, as well as additional funds to support housebuilding over the next five years. The result for the construction sector is to continue to drive innovation and develop new commercial solutions that eliminate waste, time and cost and help contend with the skills shortage. Deceuninck, as one of the world’s three largest PVC-U systems companies, takes this responsibility seriously and is constantly driving innovation and better practice in its sector. Innovation is precisely what is showcased on the £50 million Hinkley Point Campus development. The collaborative work between Deceuninck and specialist fabricator and installer partner, Dempsey Dyer, on the UK’s largest ever single block modular contract: Hinkley Point Campus (HPC) is a prime example of just how important it is for projects of this scale to have the right products and the right skillset. Hinkley Point Campus When completed in 2018, HPC will provide 1,496 three-star hotel equivalent, en-suite living spaces across 44 individual buildings. The Workers’ Village will be home, over the next six to seven years, to workers building the Hinkley Point C Power Station, the UK’s first nuclear plant in 20 years. At peak construction, 5,600 workers will be on-site. The build comprises 44 three-storey multi-section blocks, each block having 13 stacks with six windows per stack. All the units are 99% built at Caledonian Modular’s Nottinghamshire off-site facility, where the windows are fitted into the structure framework and wall systems using EPDM sealants and membranes. This means the accommodation blocks are watertight and airtight when they leave the MMC facility to be transported to Somerset, where they are craned and bolted together and plumbing and electrical wiring is finished off.


Building Products December 2017
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