Located in Coventry city centre the Raglan Street hall of residence was fitted with more than 500 windows and is the UK’s first major installation of REHAU’s GENEO® ALU Top profiles, a cost-effective alternative to aluminium.
The original window specification was for aluminium windows. However Campbell Mason, the appointed specialist window installation company, suggested using REHAU’s GENEO® ALU Top profiles. This is because they can be applied as a more cost effective and thermally efficient alternative that still achieves the aluminium finish the architects were looking for as well as the ability to have large elemental spans.
In order to get the aluminium finish, REHAU coupled its GENEO® windows with ALU Top, an aluminium front panel which can be neatly affixed to the front of the PVC-U frame. The ALU Top panels are available in over 170 RAL colours, which are both robust and weather-resistant, for a finish to meet any design requirements.
The GENEO® Alu Top window profiles were only part of the wider fenestration solution required for the project. Campbell Mason agreed to fabricate curtain walling for the windows, using REHAU’s Polytec 50S curtain walling system, which would essentially act as an exceptionally thermally efficient subframe to meet both visual and efficiency requirements.
The exceptional strength and thermal properties of Polytec 50 curtain walling means it can be effectively fabricated with large GENEO® tilt and turn windows, and is therefore ideal for the Raglan Street hall of residence installation.