Representatives of the London-based metal window refurbishment specialist, Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS) successfully completed two demanding phases in refurbishing the exterior façades to the ASOS fashion store premises in Watford. The property not only required reglazing and extensive mastic renewal and replacement to its original aluminium curtain walling system but the articulated, stepped and brise soliel structure also presented logistical challenges for ASWS due to access and the very tight programme schedule.
ASWS conducted a full survey of the property’s curtain walling, highlighting specific areas of damage and deterioration as well as the glazing units that might require replacement. This included a full external survey. The company was then awarded the contract for the first phase of work under competitive tender, which addressed the whole building envelope across all elevations and roof works.
Its team of 12 experienced operatives then proceeded to carry out the repairs, utilising six different types of access equipment. The largest insulted glass unit fitted was 3m long by 2m high, weighing over 300kg.
Kris Bennell, contracts director for ASWS, explained: “While we have extensive experience of renovating different types of metal window – from the earliest wrought iron and steel windows through to contemporary aluminium systems – access issues were a major element to this job, involving getting to different heights, dealing with the variable ground conditions, various weights, and employing crane-mounted glazing machines. Not only that, the job was completed over one of the coldest winters in recent memory! We are delighted to say that the project was completed on time and practical completion was achieved.”
The project manager added: “This was a very demanding job. Despite the difficulties, ASWS performed very well, even repairing and reglazing an extremely large window that was broken. The client was very happy with the results.”