Sidey Graduate with Honours on University of Hertfordshire site
Working with major contractor Bouygues UK, offsite fenestration specialists Sidey Limited have secured the contract to supply 4500 windows and doors over a 3 year period into 2500 student bedrooms in a mixture of studio, town house and cluster blocks at the University of Hertfordshire.
It is another success story for Sidey’s innovative approach to product development and solution finding that they have been awarded this prestigious contract.
Speaking for Sidey, Joint Managing Director Steve Hardy commented “it is a great achievement for us to secure a place in the supply chain for the delivery of this prestigious project. We know from our involvement with previous offsite construction projects that we have something unique to offer when it comes to the fenestration element of the building, and this is no different”.
Specifically developed student specification
“When we were first asked to get involved, it was clear from the design brief which wanted to look at how the development should support all aspects of the ‘student experience’ that our products would contribute significantly. Our specifically developed student specification designed for high traffic, optimised designs to enable maximum light transmission, purge ventilation, and pleasing aesthetics was the ideal product to fulfil the wishes of the design team”.
Bespoke offsite installation solutions
“Even more importantly was the use of our bespoke KITFIX ® solutions to enable the installation of the majority of the windows offsite into Stewart Milne Timber Systems products, which we had worked with so often previously. It ensured that we as two companies working collaboratively could offer the main contractor and the client a tried, trusted, and proven method of supplying windows and doors pre-installed in a controlled factory environment to guarantee the absolute maximum thermal performance. We were also able to supply data that the windows and structure together would perform in reality as they were shown to in design, and for inclusion in this BREEAM excellent structure, the information and the performance would be critical”.
“Furthermore were also able to contribute to the logistical efficiency of the site with benefits to cost and build times. As well as our windows being fitted offsite, we also coated them with our unique Scratchguard ® re-cyclable glass protection system which ensured that there was no damage to the high specification sealed units during transport or during the erection of the structure. With sealed unit specification becoming so high and the cost becoming so expensive as a consequence, being able to avoid scratches and breakages was a major advantage during the build process”.
“It may also seem strange to some that in a BREEAM excellent structure we were able to provide PVCu windows and doors. The reality is we were able to offer a UK based supply chain for all the products, and supplied from an offsite perspective the advantages to delivery costs and a reduced carbon footprint were considerable. Finally we were able to prove that the life-time costings for the windows and doors and the payback period for the client were the most advantageous of any available competing material for this site”.
Sidey in the offsite market
This is the latest in a rapidly developing portfolio of offsite schemes which Sidey has been involved in in recent years; the company has built up significant knowledge and experience which they are happy to share with architects, constructors, and clients looking for support when considering designs and how to overcome some of the challenges posed by building in a non traditional manner.