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Eurocell’s Modus system aids Gothic revival

18 September 2019
  • Grade 2 listed building recives new lease of life with heritage restoration
  • Original aluminium specification substituted with Modus, delivering superior thermal and acoustic performance
  • Successful procurement and installation reflects commitment to quality and customer satisfaction


The Grade II-listed building, which was closed in 1999 and left to deteriorate, has received a new lease of life as developer Henley Homes creates the Barnes Village around it.


Alongside the 38 homes that were constructed within the Victorian building, Henley built a further 117 two and four-bedroom townhouses in the hospital grounds. The challenge for Henley and its construction division Reis Construct was to find windows for the new-build houses that would complement the character of the hospital, while providing the best possible insulation and acoustic performance.


The original specification from Jeffery Bell Architects called for an aluminium and timber profile for the new houses. However, in liaison with the local conservation officer, Reis elected to substitute these for Eurocell’s Modus flush sash casement window in Anthracite Grey. As well as satisfying the aesthetic requirements, the Modus windows offered a more cost-effective solution while delivering better performance than the original specification.

The Barnes Village development, close to the village of Cheadle in Greater Manchester, is well-connected on the A34 and close to the M60 and M56. But being so close to traffic could be a nuisance for residents, which is why noise attenuation was an important feature for the windows. Modus’ multi-chamber profile, designed to increase thermal performance, also aids the windows’ acoustic performance too


Optimal Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Featuring a unique 75mm six-chamber profile system, the Modus range delivers optimum energy efficiency performance and can achieve a U-value as low as 0.7 from a standard system using triple-glazed units.

The Modus casement, reversible and tilt and turn windows were among the first to achieve the ‘A++’ band in England and Wales for Window Energy Ratings (WERs) since the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) launched the new rating in May 2015. The ‘A++’ rating is only given to those windows with an energy index value equal to or greater than +20.

Consisting on average 50% post-consumer recycled PVC-U as standard, this range of doors and windows demonstrates a sustainable use of materials and has a smaller carbon footprint than products made or recycled outside of the UK. Eurocell achieves this by employing dual material extrusion technology (DMET) that layers post-consumer recycled and ‘virgin’ material simultaneously, so the recycled material is concentrated in the central core of the profiles where it cannot be seen once the door or window is installed.


The first PVC-U window and door system to offer a 12-year guarantee (on white profiles), the Modus system is available in nine solid and woodgrain effect colours, all of which are available with white internal finishes to create a light and airy living environment. A further range of more than 25 solid and woodgrain effect finishes is available to special order, including colour both sides.

Eurocell worked with Reis to find three window fabricators to provide quotes for the £750,000 windows contract, with Unique Windows System winning the tender. 

For more information on how Eurocell can assist you in delivering your next project, please contact the team commercial@eurocell.co.uk



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