Emplas is collaborating closely with its supply partners to provide a comprehensive solution to Phase 2 of the Walton Court Gardens Project, supplying and installing more than 1,160 new energy efficient windows and doors.
Walton Court Gardens in Surrey is a new development of one-, two-, and three-bedroomed apartments, and three-bedroomed townhouses set within the leafy suburbs of south-west London.
There are convenient transport links via road, rail and Heathrow Airport, while residents will have access to a range of amenities on their doorstep, including a cinema, golf club, and a number of schools.
Early in the design phase, developer Crest Nicholson discussed the demanding window specification with Emplas, which had manufactured and supplied 1,150 windows and doors between February 2020 and September 2021 on Phase 1 of the project.
Emplas demonstrated that its energy efficient windows can be supplied in Bronze Platin on white interior, which was a specific requirement from the client. Significantly, thanks to its partnership with systems company Epwin, Emplas could provide a series of drawings and calculations that could satisfy the demands of the brief, including: wind-load calculations; barrier load calculations; thermal performance calculations; window and door construction details; and purge ventilation calculations.
This was crucial on this project as the large floor-to-ceiling windows measured 1,590mm x 2,650mm, and 1,810mm x 2,650mm, and were installed up to four storeys high.
“Many of the windows are at height, and provide a floor-to-ceiling barrier,” explained Stanley Richardson, Emplas’ Commercial Sales Manager. “Following detailed wind and barrier loading calculations, we designed Fully Reversible Optima Windows. that incorporated steel reinforcement to allow the large frames to be constructed as one without being split and coupled. Fully reversible windows will provide the homeowners with both ventilation and safe, easy cleaning access.”
Energy efficiency was a key focus on the project, and the windows comfortably met the 1.2W/m2K U-value required, thanks to the advanced Optima profile from Epwin. The windows were factory-glazed with toughened, laminated argon-filled units using Planitherm One glass from Saint-Gobain Glass, which also provide high levels of thermal performance and security.
Aluminium panels replaced the glass in some of the frames, which were powder-coated in Bronze Platin, and sourced and installed by Emplas.
Phase 2 of the Walton Court Gardens Project started on site at the beginning of December 2022.
Gary Millership, Epwin’s Specification Manager, said the collaboration between the two companies was the result of a long and successful association.
“We’ve worked with Emplas for just over 40 years, and we often offer a technical point of view early on in a project to make sure all aspects are considered and they are pricing projects correctly,” Gary said. “The last thing they need is unforeseen costs further down the line.
“The beauty of this project is that the partnership between us as the systems company and Emplas as the manufacturer/installer is that all specifications, details and requirements are met. We also take part in site visits, so that any potential problems are ironed out early on, and don’t negatively affect the build during the installation phase.”
Emplas also supplied French doors, which suited perfectly with the windows, and the aluminium entrance doors. “The focus is very much on those top-end projects that specify and demand only the very best,” Stanley said. “.Working closely with Crest Nicholson, we were able to value engineer a project solution so the majority of windows were PCV-U, instead of aluminium, saving money without compromising on performance and functionality. .”