Northwards Housing, Manchester

Project: Northwards Housing, Manchester

Wrekin Windows is extending its award winning partnership with north Manchester ALMO Northwards Housing, by installing energy efficient PVC-u windows in a further 900 properties.

Northwards Housing completed its Decent Homes programme in 2010, following a four year partnership with Wrekin Windows. The joint works were so successful in improving the energy efficiency and sustainability ratings of the housing stock that the partnership won a National Recycling Award in 2009 and assisted Northwards in winning the Ashden Award for sustainability in 2010.

Council residents in the Collyhurst area of Manchester are now set to benefit from the same energy efficient improvements. 

The contract was awarded by Procure Plus for Wrekin Windows to supply WER B rated windows on “Wimpey No Fines” properties where Northwards Housing had achieved CESP funding and the rest to WER C rated performance. 

Says Elliot Simm, Home Improvement Service Manager at Northwards Housing: “It is imperative that we incorporate energy efficiency measures into all of our schemes. This will help to address climate change by lowering carbon emissions, tackle fuel poverty by reducing energy usage and improve residents overall wellbeing.

“Partners like Wrekin Windows understand these issues and support us in delivering improvements that meet these goals, so we are delighted to be working with them once more on our latest property improvements schemes.”

Within the Collyhurst area, Wrekin Windows is currently undertaking a pilot scheme. This involves a number of homes having new window systems installed to set the standard for the 900 properties across the site. Each resident is offered up to three choices of design to give them a sense of individuality.

To ensure residents are comfortable with the works and understand the benefits of installing new energy efficient windows, Wrekin Windows attended a dedicated open day, where the full details of the refurbishment are discussed with residents. The company will continue to liaise fully with residents throughout the programme.

John Williams, Sales & Marketing Manager of Wrekin Windows, explained: “As Wrekin Windows focuses exclusively on the social housing and public sector, we understand that the current climate is difficult and do everything we can to provide the necessary products and services, so housing providers can continue to offer residents sustainable decent homes’’.

“The Northwards Housing partnership has seen us work closely with residents and the housing team to meet targets for energy efficiency, without compromising on quality, aesthetics or security and still providing an economically viable solution. We have also ensured that a choice of window designs are available which meet the Government’s high sustainability targets.”

Part of the Epwin Group, an independent British business with substantial manufacturing and processing plants in the UK, Wrekin Windows holds a full suite of accreditations and operates a stringent quality management system to ensure all its products fully comply with the industry standards and building regulations.

Sharing a group-wide commitment to sustainability, Wrekin Windows has also invested in a unique post-consumer recycling facility, supporting the company’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact.