Senior SPW600e windows displayed at UTC Burnley

Victorian mill renovation benefits from Senior windows

  • 9 Sep 2015

A suite of windows manufactured by Senior Architectural Systems has been used in the transformation of a Grade II listed Victorian mill in Burnley, Lancashire into the North West’s first University Technical College (UTC).

Senior’s SPW600e windows were chosen for the project to offer a contemporary yet sympathetic solution.

UTC Burnley

The thermally enhanced aluminium window system offers a wide variety of window styles and is available in single or dual colour.

It was essential that the windows system would meet the requirements of complementing the original features of the mill whilst performing to the strict standards required of a modern educational facility.

The three chamber, 75mm polyamide window system was specified to give an ultra-thin sight line of 35mm. The system was developed with thermal performance and weather resistance in mind, making it an ideal choice for use on a period property which is located on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The SPW600e windows are made up of a large number of small individual panels to replicate the Victorian style of the original architecture – surprisingly, this has been created using aluminium rather than the traditional timber.

Flexible window system

The bespoke solution demonstrates both the design flexibility of Senior’s SPW600e system and the fabrication skills of Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium.

Due to the uneven edge of the stonework around the opening, the installation team also scribed panels around the sides of the windows to the contours of the adjacent walls, ensuring a high quality and elegant finish.

Kerry Booth, quantity surveyor at Barnfield Construction commented on the project: “The creation of the University Technology College is a major milestone for the regeneration of Burnley and the challenging project had to be delivered within the constraints of a very tight programme.  

It was vital that the supply chain not only worked well together but that the products specified were fit for purpose and we were extremely impressed with the work of Aire Valley and the quality of Senior’s glazing systems.”

As part of the wider regeneration scheme of the Weaver’s Triangle area in Burnley, the total repair, renovation and refurbishment of a 150 year old textile mill has been undertaken to provide a learning environment for college students specialising in construction and engineering studies.


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United Kingdom,
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