When Heritage Window Systems (HWS), one of Smart Architectural Aluminium’s specialist partners, installed the last window in University College London’s Christopher Ingold Building, it represented the successful completion of a major refurbishment programme.
The work was commissioned due to the increasingly poor performance and energy-inefficiency of the original windows. Although not listed, the building is located within a Conservation area, and so the project team specified that the replacement windows should closely match the original design. As a result, HWS installed some 600 Smart Alitherm Heritage windows, together with Smart Wall screening and commercial doors and Smart’s MC 600 curtain wall system for the main facade.
Chris White, HWS’s Commercial Director explained some of the project’s complexities:
“It was critical that we maintained the original sight lines for the Oriel Bay windows. We therefore worked closely with Smart’s technical team to design a very narrow corner post detail with ‘glass-to-glass’ corner joints, as well as the projecting fins that separated some of the original windows. The result was an almost exact match to the original design.”