Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, East London, is one of the most iconic hospitals in the UK with its Renaissance-inspired main entrance, majestic towers and tiered covered walkways.
Managed by Barts Health NHS Trust, the hospital is committed to providing a modern environment for its patients and recently completed a major refurbishment of three of its wards, its Ultrasound and Breast Screening Units. As part of the project, the windows needed replacing in each ward.
The contractor for the job, SEH Commercial, recommended REHAU’s Heritage range, which would offer all the benefits of new PVC-U windows, but wouldn’t look out of place in the Grade II listed building. The HERITAGE range was developed in consultation with conservation bodies and housing associations to offer the most authentic design and styling on the market, while also delivering on energy efficiency, security and reduced maintenance costs.
HERITAGE sash windows have all the sight-lines of a traditional timber box sash window with a deep heritage bottom rail. The exteriors of the windows have putty-line aesthetics to further enhance the authentic design, and the windows are available in a range of finishes, including classic white and woodgrains.
As well as looking the part, HERITAGE windows offer superior thermal insulation properties thanks to triple chambered profiles, which achieve an ‘A’ Window Energy Rating (WER), and triple brush seals for excellent draught proofing. These features help to create a comfortable environment for patients and reduce heating costs for the Trust. HERITAGE windows also provide excellent sound insulation, which can positively contribute to quieter, more restful spaces for patients.
To minimise the impact to patients and their care, SEH Commercial were often required to work at night and at weekends. The HERITAGE window system is easy to install, ensuring the windows could be fitted within the limited access times available.
HERITAGE offers the best of both worlds, allowing sash windows to be replaced affordably and efficiently without impacting protected period features.