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Thistle Renovate
Thistle Renovate
Glazerite UK Group Limited customer, Thistle Windows and Conservatories, has supplied three unusual curved windows as part of a large scale period property renovation in Aberdeen, for local installer and long-standing customer, Fitzbuild. Andy Cadman, Sales Director at Thistle Windows explains: “The granite-built property had its original timber windows which were around 100 years old and the homeowners wanted to replace them with new, more efficient windows. Keen to replicate the original heritage look, which included three curved frames in the upstairs front bedroom, the homeowners contacted Dave Fitzpatrick from Fitzbuild, having seen the quality of his workmanship at a nearby property. Dave has been a regular customer of our trade division for many years and has experience in fitting this type of window before, and was aware of the installation requirements.” The complete project included around 40 windows as well as residential doors, all finished in white. The specialist blending of the VEKA system and glass units for the curved frames were handled by Glazerite’s Bolton Division, who arranged for the finished products to be shipped to Aberdeen. Group Director Jason Thompson commented: “We always strive to achieve our customers’ requirements, and work with them every step of the way to get the detail right. This installation was a specialist job, where all the glass and units had to be bent, and the finished result is very in keeping with the area and the age of the property; it looks fantastic.” “Glazerite are always ready to take on the challenge of a project which comes with a more complex list of client requirements, and this one was no exception. With a wide ranging product portfolio across 7 profile systems, those projects that may often seem difficult to others can be easily accommodated by the Glazerite team,” Jason added. Award-winning Thistle Windows and Conservatories is Aberdeen’s leading home improvement specialist and has been buying VEKA frames from Glazerite since 20013. Visit www.thistlewindows.com or call 01224 706555 for more information.
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Flush Sash wins the day!
Flush Sash wins the day!
Today’s customers know what they want – and the winners will be the installers who can provide it. So says The Glazerite UK Group Ltd in response to the latest installer partner to benefit from the addition of the Halo Flush Sash system. Mark Russell of Northampton-based MG Window Systems explained: “The customers were looking specifically for a flush sash to replace the existing timber ones in the home. They began by looking online, found our site, we quoted and we got the job. Until taking the Halo Flush Sash from Glazerite, we had been able to imitate a flush window by putting dummy sashes between the real ones but that would not have been enough to win us this job. “The customers had first looked at another, much more expensive flush system. They were perfectly happy to go with our Halo product because of the cost saving it gave them but we know they would not even have looked at a dummy system.” Glazerite already offered one of the most extensive ranges of window and door systems of any trade fabricator but added the Halo systems, including the acclaimed flush sash, when it acquired Peterborough-based City Beads Ltd early last year. Group Director Jason Thompson said: “MG are one of our numerous trade partners that are making good use of it. The tables have turned for many homeowners and rather than finding a company and letting them sell whatever systems they have available, many know exactly what they want and look for a trusted installer who can provide it. “The flush sash window is in the ascendancy at the moment and the Halo system is an ideal choice. MG is only one of our trade partners to be making good use of it.” The benefits didn’t end with the one job, as Mark explained: “The neighbours liked what they saw and we are already quoting for two more houses nearby.”
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Ecologic Windows just keeps getting better
Ecologic Windows just keeps getting better
PVC-U specialist and Glazerite UK Group Ltd customer, Ecologic Windows is going from strength to strength since setting up in 2014, with a number of stunning Residence 9 installations under its belt. The Worcestershire-based company was set up by Fred Doodey, who boasts a wealth of industry experience, and as Glazerite’s Group Director Jason Thompson explains, has delivered some stunning projects this year: “With the number of installations completed, Fred has now managed to get Ecologic Windows ranking on the R9 installer website, with the ‘over 20 installations’ badge displayed on their profile, something which can make them stand out against the other companies listed. It is a great achievement and they should be very proud.” As Fred explains, “40% of Ecologic Windows’ work comes from the website Checkatrade.com, and we are also very proud to be approved by the Worcestershire Trading Standards via the checkatrade website. Additionally we have recently been invited to join ‘Which’ as a trusted trader, and are in the process of getting everything confirmed. Customer recommendations also account for 40% of our work, and the remaining 20% comes from R9 installations. “Residence 9 is very high-end, and a lot of the installations we do are for substantial properties, where the owners are looking for something special, with attention paid to the small details. One recent project included 9 windows and 2 French Doors to the rear of the property, and 17 windows and an entrance door to the front, all in Cotswold Biscuit. Completed in three phases, the homeowners were really impressed with the finished result. “We do have a small showroom with R9 products on display, but you only need to walk around Crowle and you’ll see examples of our work everywhere, as we have completed a total of 31 installations on properties in the village! Nine of these are R9 installations and the rest are VEKA products, including Solidor doors.” Buying his VEKA frames from Glazerite since the beginning, Fred believes that they have the best profile on the market, and the service to match: “I work well with Glazerite as not only do they offer a great range of products, but they also offer fantastic support packages, including Maco Secure Plus and Edgetech 20 Year Guarantees, which give me the edge when competing for new projects. We have won projects in the past when our quote wasn’t the lowest, but the customer could be confident that we would give them the finest result. Our success is down to offering the best possible products at competitive prices, backed up with industry-leading guarantees on the installation and product.” For more information or to contact Ecologic Windows call 01905 676333 or visit www.ecologicwindows.co.uk or to contact The Glazerite UK Group Limited visit www.glazeritewindows.co.uk or call 01933 443222.
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Glazerite beat the burglars!
Glazerite beat the burglars!
A property on a new-build development was subject to an attempted break-in recently, following an installation of 12 VEKA windows, a six pane bi-folding door and Matrix 70 residential door, supplied by trade fabricator The Glazerite UK Group Ltd and installed by GFT Frames Ltd. Glazerite’s Group Director Jason Thompson explains: “The failed burglars first attempted to enter the home by removing the handles on the bi-folding door, but were faced with the market-leading Ultion Cylinder and, unsurprisingly, failed to gain entry. Ultion Cylinders activate an attack lock into the central cam the moment it detects forced entry, and are approved and recommended by Secured By Design (SBD), the official UK Police flagship scheme. “Having been defeated by the Ultion Cylinder on the bi-folding door, the intruders then moved onto the Matrix 70 residential door, targeting the 6.8mm laminated glass and aluminium reinforced panel and once again were defeated. A final attempt to force entry was made through the locking jamb of the door, and the MACO C-TS top hat hook lock, which is our standard lock on all doors, did its job and kept them out. “Glazerite offers an extensive range of products, all covered by SBD to offer a complete security solution, unlike other fabricators where only certain items are covered. This attempted break-in only highlights the benefits of paying a small premium for SBD products to give peace of mind. In this instance there is peace of mind for the homeowner, who has only been in the property for six months, and also peace of mind for the neighbours who are fortunate enough to have the same VEKA products manufactured by Glazerite and installed by GFT Frames Ltd protecting their homes.” Ian Jones, Director at GFT Frames Ltd added: “We can often get pre-occupied with the aesthetic benefits of replacing windows and doors, and forget about the safety and security features. However with VEKA windows fabricated by Glazerite, the security features are incorporated during the design and development stage, so we have confidence when promoting these products as some of the best on the market, and displaying the SBD logo.” For more information or to contact GFT Frames Ltd call 01202 722220 or visit www.gftframesltd.co.uk or to contact The Glazerite UK Group Limited visit www.glazeritewindows.co.uk or call 01933 443222.
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A conservation renovation project
A conservation renovation project
Liverpool-based Picton Glass and Joinery completed an impressive renovation project recently in one of the city’s key conservation areas. A total of 48 windows were installed on the Parkfield Road building, which is home to 9 apartments in the Sefton Park area, and the project took around 3 months to complete. Frank Hare, owner of the Glazerite UK Group customer, was approached by a long-standing customer to supply and install the windows, and together they worked with the city’s conversation department to satisfy specific planning requirements, which included providing sample windows and technical information for prior approval. “The installation included a selection of products to the front of the property, including Residence 9 Flush Casements and VEKA Vertical Sliding windows, with VEKA FS70 Casements to the sides and rear of the building. The original timber architraves were retained inside to keep the authentic period appearance, and all were finished in a white foil, and the property owner is really pleased with the finished results.” Glazerite’s Group Director Jason Thompson commented: “Looking around at the surrounding properties that still retain original windows it is very in keeping with the heritage style, but with greatly improved security and thermal efficiencies, and Frank’s customer will have much less upkeep over the years to come.” Picton Glass was set up by Frank in 1969, and the family-owned firm has been buying from Glazerite for five years: “We believe that VEKA is one of the best profiles out there and as a small company that largely goes off recommendation, we believe in only using the best products to retain our quality reputation. Glazerite not only offers a fantastic product, but also a great support package, which we have made use of with marketing support such as flyers and brochures for local promotions.” To contact Picton Glass call 0151 733 8881 or visit www.pictonglassandjoinery.co.uk, and for more information or to contact Glazerite call 01933 443 222 or visit www.glazeritewindows.co.uk.
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Siena Seals The Deal
Siena Seals The Deal
It’s too easy in this business for installers and fabricators to fall into a rut and offer pretty much the same old styles and colours as everyone else. However, the rewards are there for anyone taking the trouble to offer something different as the award-winning Glazerite installer Prestige Glazing Services can gladly testify. “A customer came in looking for something different to replace his cream coloured windows,” said Peter Fossey, domestic sales manager at Bedford-based Prestige, “We showed him the VEKA Variations colour range and he fell for the ‘Siena’ foil immediately.” Siena is not a common colour in the UK, despite being very much in demand around Europe and beyond. But that was no problem for Prestige as the dark, smoky grain not only features in the VEKA Variations portfolio but has been available from Glazerite Windows Ltd since the range was launched. Glazerite was also there to support Prestige in closing the sale, as Peter explained: “We had never done anything in this colour before so had nothing to show him but the swatch card but Glazerite came across with some bigger sample material to show the customer.” Glazerite Director Jason Thompson added: “Prestige is a multiple Network VEKA award winner for customer service so we wanted to do our best to help it to live up to that reputation. “We have not only offered the entire Variations range from day one, we also offer it on every one of our PVC-U products including Vertical Sliders, patio, French and. bi-fold doors, to ensure all our installers can make the very most of the growing demand for foils and colours. “The Siena job for Prestige is an ideal example of what can be achieved by offering a broad choice or products and we are happy that we were able to support Prestige in this way.”
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A new build project with a heritage look
A new build project with a heritage look
A large bespoke private house in rural Cheshire has not only proven the ideal showpiece for the VEKA PVC-U vertical slider but has also demonstrated how the classical styling of the VS, including many heritage authenticity features, can be just as much at home in a new-build setting. Based on the unusual combination of cream foil out/white foil in, the house uses both straight and arched frames, with astragal bars as well as deep bottom rail and run-through horns for maximum authenticity. The result is a look which accentuates rather than contrasts the classical but uncluttered lines of the property. Oldham-based D&M Windows, a VEKA Approved Installer with extensive experience of large and prestigious installations, was chosen by main contractor H Cumberbirch & Son to install 66 windows and French doors fabricated by The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, the UK’s largest VEKA trade fabricator, with the cream/white foil as a special order. “This was a no-compromise contract right from the beginning,” said D&M Managing Director Mark Hoolickin. “The client expected the best of everything and, with the help of the VEKA system and Glazerite, we were able to deliver it, from product specification to the design and look of the finished product and of course the finishing touches that make this VS so authentic looking.” Glazerite’s Peter Smith added: “This was an unusual choice of foil combinations but dual foil is becoming more and more in demand and we are happy to supply any combination across our entire range of door and window styles. “This was just one aspect of the exact design and appearance that the client wanted and, as ever, D&M was able to meet all his expectations and we were more than happy to be on hand to help wherever needed.”
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A very big little business
A very big little business
Many years ago, a fledgling trade fabricator called Glazerite began to grow, firstly by giving its small customers the kind of service that others only gave to their big accounts. But then, and more uniquely, it went on growing by remaining loyal to those same small customers even after the much bigger ones started to sign up. Now, as a result, some of those small customers are doing very big things, still with the support of what is now The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, and there could be no better example than Aylesbury-based Goldseal Conservatories Limited. Comprising only Gary Copp with son Rhys and their friend Adam as fitters, the company has a portfolio of some very enviable installations worth as much as £60,000 per household, with no salespeople, no advertising and no promotions – and business has never been better. Gary explained: “Glazerite has built itself by working with small companies like us that need to keep a level of service and trust in everything we do. That is very important to us and has been a big part in our getting to where we are today.” Trust is a very big part of that support, he added: “If I ring and say a frame has arrived damaged, they will take my word and get a replacement out to me straight away, not wait until they see the return, so I can get the job done. It was not so at the beginning, he continued. Having been in the industry most of his working life, he took the big step of setting up on his own ten years ago when he grew frustrated at working for other people but at first it did not work out too well: “We just weren’t getting the support we needed from our first supplier. Then after a couple of years, we moved over to Glazerite and straight away wished we’d done it sooner!” Goldseal’s customer profile of both high value properties and many traditional village locations fits in ideally with Glazerite’s product range, so the Residence9 flush sash is much in demand as well as the mainstay of the acclaimed VEKA FS70 and its online gallery at www.goldseal.org.uk shows just a few of the installations in its impressive portfolio. The Glazerite UK Group is VEKA’s largest trade fabricator in the UK and a long-standing Network VEKA member. It offers a fully nationwide service based on manufacturing units in Northants, Peterborough and Greater Manchester as well as its South West distribution hub in Bristol serving South Wales and The West of England.
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A home for his family
A home for his family
When an experienced builder sets out to make a home for members of his own family, you can be sure he will want everything to be just right. And when he chooses a combination of PVC-U windows alongside solid oak, it goes without saying that the PVC-U had to be the very best in both looks and performance. “I’ve been in the business for 40 years but this was the first time I have actually built a house from scratch,” said Bridgenorth-based Brian Waterfield, who built the detached home for his grandson and family. “I’d never come across Residence 9 before, but once we found it we knew it was exactly what we needed.  It has just the looks and features we had in mind, enabling us to complete the build to a really high specification.” Brian and family chose R9 casements in Clotted Cream for most of the windows, including French style for upstairs. A Solidor Stable door and VEKA frame in Chartwell Green were chosen for the back door, all from Glazerite. In complete contrast a front bay, the front door, porch and roofline were all made in solid oak. He concluded: “Glazerite were always on hand with advice throughout the project and it made it all the simpler that we could get our first choice of PVC-U windows and composite door and frame all from the same source.” Jason Thompson, Director of The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, added: “Residence, VEKA and Solidor are just a part of the wide range of products we offer, and a project such as this shows very clearly how installers can benefit from such a variety of choices. “These are all highly acclaimed systems in their own right. At Glazerite, we are very proud to be among very few fabricators that can offer seven systems – one trusted source, one delivery, one payment point, it couldn’t be easier.”
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Mulberry Bush Nursery
Mulberry Bush Nursery
New meaning to pink and blue.  Pastel pink and blue may be the traditional colours for little girls and boys but when they were specified for the windows and doors – plus some round windows – for the new Mulberry Bush Nursery in Bury, the result was anything but traditional. That was no problem for Grosvenor Windows because, having its own in-house spray shop and working with trade fabricator The Glazerite UK Group Limited, the Bolton-based installer was able to come up with the exact RAL colours, plus 7016 Grey, as well as round frames with Fully Reversible function, all based on the acclaimed VEKA Matrix 70mm profile. The result may look a lot of fun but getting the specification exactly right was a serious matter, according to Grosvenor contract manager Lauren Wilcox: “We pot-tested all the paints to make sure of a perfect colour match. Wind loading calculations were needed for a first-floor balcony with 2,200mm high glass panels, the glass was 6mm toughened to withstand impact and of course all opening windows had restrictors, including the round Fully Reversibles.” The unit is the fifth Mulberry Bush Nursery but the group’s first new-build. The striking contemporary styling is not only aimed to follow the group’s ethos of making the design child-focussed but also to make the most of its very visible location, as director Andy Robinson explained: "We are only interested in running outstanding nurseries so when we had the chance of building one from scratch we wanted it to be visually outstanding as well. The site is at the entrance to a large business park and close to a 300-house private estate so there are obvious benefits to being noticed" Grosvenor was chosen on the strength of past work with the main contractor SD Woodcock. Design for the project was by Fuzion. As well as curtain walling, Grosvenor installed in total 43 windows, seven sliding patio doors, five single doors and one French door, all in the various colours, with the pink colour-matched to translucent Rodeca cladding, which was used extensively in the construction.    
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ANTI-LIGATURE PROJECT FOR  SPECIALIST CHEADLE HOSPITAL
ANTI-LIGATURE PROJECT FOR SPECIALIST CHEADLE HOSPITAL
Doncaster-based AK Glass and Glazing has recently completed a demanding project at a specialist rehabilitation hospital in Cheadle, Stoke on Trent. Director Ian Gelantly, who was part of the installation team, along with contractors Pacey & Wheatley, explains: “We have worked with Pacey & Wheatley on a number of care home projects over the years, and after supplying a sample of VEKA’s Matrix 70 anti-ligature casement that was supplied by The Glazerite UK Group Limited, we were pleased to win the contract. The approved and proven anti-ligature handles and window restrictors were fitted externally, and meet the strict specification from Woodhouse for the new hospital unit.  Furthermore, to compliment the casement and windows, Swiftglide integral blinds are also available to complete the specification. “A total of six Anti Ligature Matrix 70 casement windows and three aluminium doors were installed, complete with safety glass and the results are stylish and easy on the eye, while also providing the essential safety features that are required wherever there is a risk of self harm. The window restrictors can be limited to prescribed requirements to meet the needs and guidelines of today’s NHS and private sector provider guidelines.” Peter Smith, Sales Manager for Glazerite adds:  “The Mental Health sector is a specialised one and requires some very specific products to guarantee the safety and needs of the health providers and its patients. Glazerite Bolton have completed a number of bespoke Anti-Ligature applications of casement windows and vertical sliding windows.  With the initial projects this took a fair bit of research and investigation into the requirements and needs of the market.  Now we’re perfectly positioned to provide a solution to every application.  The Woodhouse Hospital provides specialist treatment and rehabilitation for men and women with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and ASD/autism spectrum conditions, in small gender-specific units. 
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New look for landmark  hospital
New look for landmark hospital
Glazerite and D&M Windows preserve Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital striking appearance.  The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has been a landmark in the Pendlebury district for nearly 140 years so the preservation of its striking appearance was essential to the refit, but the need for such a variety of shapes and sizes might have been too much of a challenge for some. As well as putting considerable time into detailed measurement, installer D&M Windows created a series of templates for fabricator The Glazerite UK Group Limited to work from. Oldham-based D&M, run by Mark and his son Darren, installed in total 90 PVC-U windows fabricated from the VEKA Matrix 70mm bevelled system by Glazerite at its North West manufacturing unit in Bolton with frame bending by Universal Arches. The client was Wiggett Construction, which, as Wiggett Homes, is now offering the properties under the building’s new name of Oaklands Lodge. Owner Phil Wiggett said: “We have worked with D&M many times and, as ever, they did an excellent job without any problems. This building is a landmark so it was important to preserve its character and the new windows have helped to achieve that.It is a really beautiful building and very well known in the area so it was all well worth the extra effort. Glazerite were very supportive and everything went exactly to plan without a hitch." Glazerite’s Peter Smith said: “This is the kind of project where the commercial experience of a company like D&M really comes into its own. The job was expertly surveyed and installed and the attention to detail ensured that everything ran smoothly for us, for the client and for the fitters. The new frames have brought the building back to life as well as improving the thermal efficiency for the residents.”
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