Arcon’s Macclesfield block scores a recycling first with new windows

A block of flats in Macclesfield has become the first in the North to be fitted with new windows made almost totally from recycled materials.

This is the first project from contractor Grosvenor Windows where all the original PVC windows and glazing removed from the low-rise block’s 40 refurbished flats has been recycled.

More than 160 windows were renovated and replaced at Arcon Housing Association’s Fir Court on Kennedy Avenue. Glass, 85% of which was recycled, completed the refurbishment.

This weight of the old window frames removed from Fir Court was approximately three tonnes without the glass. VEKA window systems recycled all the steel, aluminium and rubber which generated about 1.6 tonnes of finished recycling.

This meant that 105 out of the 160 new window frames were produced from the recycled frames.

Added to that, the PVC-U is also 52% recycled, meaning the whole job is cleaner and has excellent green credentials, according to Arcon.

“The windows that have been fitted are VEKA systems which are excellent quality and provide our tenants with aesthetically pleasing windows and warmer, more efficient homes from an energy point of view,” said David Hutchinson, Arcon’s building surveyor.

“We have worked with Grosvenor and specified VEKA many times before, as the products are all first class and fully guaranteed. Their installation team was also second to none, which meant there was minimum disruption to tenants during the refit. This was underlined by a very high tenant’s satisfaction survey result of 96%.”

Karen Lund, head of partner programmes from Independent Network, added: “Recycling is hugely important to us and this job demonstrates how efficient it can be to replace large numbers of units and recycle them. We have worked with Grosvenor for many years as part of Independent Network, which is a member group of trusted, high quality suppliers and this job is testament to its workmanship.”



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