Project: High Spen – Timber Window Replacement
Address: Hookergate Lane, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, NE39 2AR
Category: Timber Window Replacement, Scaffolding, Plastering, Decoration
Tenant(s): Primary School
Tandem was engaged by Gateshead Council’s Local Environmental Services (LES) to deliver a window replacement scheme at High Spen Primary School; a brick built Victorian building located in the small former mining village of High Spen in Gateshead. Although the building is not listed, it is categorised as a building of special interest by the local authority.
What we did…
There were three key project objectives:
- Improve energy performance
- Improve aesthetics
- Improve ventilation and air quality for building users
Minus those located on a later extension which were retained; the Georgian style windows were timber in and had remained in situ since construction in the 20th Century. Many of the frames had since failed and were suffering varying degrees of damage. Staff had previously been unable to open most windows which meant that rooms were not adequately ventilated in summer; this was more of an issue on South facing elevations where solar gains are higher. This coupled with the poor thermal efficiency of the single glazing had a negative impact on levels of comfort internally.
Argon filled double glazed units were installed over three phases within separate holiday periods to avoid clashing with term times. This was necessary given the size of the project and intrusive nature of the work but also due to on site constraints such as space.
Many of the windows are located at a high level and therefore required a scaffold externally and internally to create safe working access for operatives. Additional precautions were taken to ensure the safety of all workers including fall prevention measures when working near to or adjacent fragile surfaces.
All reveals were made good and redecorated before remote window winders were installed to allow easy access to open and close the windows; this will ensure building users have a greater level of control over the internal climate and ultimately lead to a more user-friendly building and a better environment in which to teach and learn.