Smart Solution Returns Mount Pleasant to Former Glory

Posted by Barry Pearson on June 6, 2014  |   Comments Off on Smart Solution Returns Mount Pleasant to Former Glory

The recently-launched Alitherm Heritage range from systems-specialist Smart Architectural Aluminium, has been developed to provide a modern solution for refurbishment, renovation and heritage projects. Designed to replicate the slim profiles of traditional steel doors and windows, the system delivers both elegant aesthetics and excellent thermal performance.

Installation of Alitherm Heritage has been completed on Royal Mail’s landmark Mount Pleasant facility in central London. Originally built in the 1880s, the sorting office building has now been modernised and over the next ten years, Royal Mail plans to develop a substantial part of the site to provide up to 700 new homes as well as significant retail and commercial space.

A major feature of the modernisation programme was the replacement of the exiting uPVC windows in the main administration building with the Smart system, the products delivering the aesthetic appeal of the building’s original bronze fenestration and echoing its slim sight lines and finish (the building originally featured large bronze windows, but in a 1980s refurbishment, these were replaced with white uPVC units).

Commenting on the project, Smart’s Technical Services Manager, Anthony Murray, said: “Architects Boyes Rees wanted to re-introduce the distinctive, slim sight lines and bronze appearance of the original windows, features that had been lost through the use of uPVC, and so ultimately specified Alitherm Heritage windows for the exterior facades. Each of the window units is an impressive eight metres wide by four and a half metres high and was manufactured in a dual colour format, with the external profile featuring a bronze polyester paint finish and the internal profile standard white”.

Given the exceptional scale of each window unit, and their corresponding performance requirement, Smart’s technical services team designed and developed a bespoke, 85mm coupling mullion to reinforce and strengthen the system, while retaining its characteristic slim profile. Working to particularly tight project timescales, the coupling was developed in just two weeks from enquiry to extrusion, enabling the window units to be coupled together on site during the installation programme.

As part of the redevelopment programme, installation company Glassolutions also installed new windows around the building’s stairwell. Given their location, these windows were required to be externally-beaded to allow maintenance without having to access the lift shaft, with Alitherm Heritage windows again specified in a bronze and white, dual-colour finish.

Throughout the project, timescales were compressed, with the window installation being completed in a remarkably short nine weeks. For more information, visit www.smartsystems.co.uk or call the company’s sales support team on 01934 876 100.