When Alpine Homes looked to create a high-end housing development with stunning coastal views, Central Windows were called upon to supply and fit a contemporary solution that could stand up to the elements.
Resting in the shadow of its larger sibling the Isle of Wight, Hayling Island is one of the nation’s best kept secrets – a seaside retreat home to over five miles of unspoilt coastline. The close proximity of the cities Portsmouth and Chichester make the island an ideal location for both holidaymakers and new residents alike, which is exactly why Alpine Homes chose it as the location for their latest housing development, Yacht Haven.
Since its foundation, the Hampshire-based company has grown to become one of the most recognisable names in the county, constructing over 200 homes throughout the cities and shores of the South Coast. Its portfolio spans everything from urban high-rise apartments to traditional country homes.
A Place by the Sea
Yacht Haven would prove to be one of Alpine Homes’ most compelling projects to date – a gated development of six luxury properties with stunning waterside views, including a pontoon for each home to access water-based activities. With the build soon underway, Alpine Homes would call upon locally-based Central Windows to source and fit window frames that would suit such high-end surroundings.
Chris Fields, Project Manager at Alpine Homes, said: “The unique demands of the coastal environment meant that we needed profiles that could stand up to the elements. However, it was critical that this did not come at the expense of compromising the modern look and feel of the build. For this reason, we enlisted the help of Central Windows to help us identify the correct product for our needs.”
Let the Sunshine In
Central Windows would specify REHAU’s TOTAL70 windows and Invisifold doors in anthracite grey on white as the best fit for the build. The tilt-and-turn system’s slender profiles would allow for a larger glass area to let more natural light in, while also ensuring that it would be resistant to any corrosion caused by the coastal environment.
Steve Smith, Managing Director at Central Windows, said: “We’ve been specifying REHAU windows for a number of years now, and continue to be impressed by the quality of service and product they offer. The chamfered system provided a contemporary look in keeping with the rest of the property, while also remaining more cost-effective than timber or aluminium alternatives. These solutions also allowed us to easily meet the u-value requirements set out in current building regulations, meaning that the homeowner could benefit from a more energy-efficient property.”
Creating Forever Homes
Due to their high-performing uPVC polymer, REHAU’s TOTAL70 windows achieve an A+ rating for thermal efficiency – the highest Window Energy Rating (WER) currently possible. Double glazed units would also ensure that the residents of Yacht Haven could access peace and quiet inside of their home whenever it was desired, despite the close proximity of the waterfront.
Moreover, as the TOTAL70 range makes use of a unique compound with a smooth gloss finish, the frames were guaranteed not to rot, warp or be in need of painting, even after years in place. Combined with an energy efficiency rating far exceeding current standards – even in light of recent uplifting of these requirements under the Future Homes Standard – Yacht Haven residents can enjoy long-lasting, quality frames.
Luke Boban, Area Sales Manager at REHAU concluded: “The TOTAL70 range has long proved an ideal fit for residential builds, and Yacht Haven is no exception. The innate qualities of the product made it an ideal fit for the coastal environment, ensuring that the homes would remain energy-efficient and resistant to the elements without compromising on views of the surrounding scenery. We’ve received glowing feedback from all involved with this project, so look forward to working with both Alpine Homes and Central Windows again in future.”
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