When windows and doors have been installed for a period of time it is likely that seals particularly will no longer have their original manufactured elasticity and integrity.
High Rise Housing or High Rise Living Accommodation as it is often referred to has been a major part of the social housing plan in the UK since the early 1960’s.
It is estimated that during that decade no fewer than 6,500 blocks (the definition being any building over four storeys) were built, the vast majority between 1963 and 1967. It was hoped that this building programme would help to alleviate housing shortages in high density areas – and London had no fewer that 42% of the high rise blocks, with Glasgow and Birmingham being the two other major population centres to subscribe to the programme.
Although high-rise social housing build has largely ceased in recent times, the popularity of high-rise apartments has continued to grow, and these large living accommodation units fill the skyline of most major cities in the UK.
The challenges faced by social housing landlords managing these kinds of blocks are many and varied. Sadly in many cases the blocks – partly due to their design – have become havens for crime and anti-social behaviour, and many authorities now try to operate over 55’s policies to reduce the opportunity, and to make the blocks more community minded.
But maintenance of the blocks can be complicated and expensive. Measures installed during the build, for example windows and doors, are extremely costly to replace due to the need to account for expensive scaffolding or mast climber costs.
There are also the issues of access, and of trying to install modern solutions into structures which often cannot accommodate them. It is an on-going series of challenges, but ones which need to be overcome as the population which lives in the blocks is too large to re-house into more traditional housing.
The challenges for residents living in high rise accommodation are far greater than in any other type of housing.
The obvious threats to their well-being of falling from height are compounded by other issues such as fire safety and poor ventilation, and these are issues which have become more prominent in recent times.
There are now significant programmes being undertaken to address all three of these major issues.
Mila Window and Door Maintenance refurbished Tilt and Turn Windows to 228 one and two bedroom flats in three high rise living accommodation blocks in Scunthorpe.
Residents at Bridge House in Camden have benefited from work between specialist contractor Mila Window and Door Maintenance and pioneering award winning Jackloc ® window restrictors. The 37-unit block of flats has recently undergone a repairs and maintenance...
Adrian Vicker is General Manager of Siegenia, one of the leading window and door hardware suppliers in the UK, and Tristan Cooke is Managing Director of Mila Window and Door Maintenance.
The issue of fire safety has risen to the top of the agenda – rightly – in recent months .
The challenges faced in installing fire safety measures are significant, and only the correct – fully independently accredited – specification of products should be installed by people trained to do so.
The growth in fire door installation has been significant in recent times and below are some recent case studies
Working with Mitie Construction Mila Window and Door Maintenance has installed 176 Sentry Fire Doors for residents at Jim Griffiths and Tom Williams Houses on the Clem Attlee Estate in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The FD30 Sentry Fire Doors specified by the client were installed over a 12-week period.
Specialist contractor Mila Window and Door Maintenance was chosen by Mulalley and Co Limited as the delivery partner for the refurbishment of the fenestration elements of an 11-storey block in the borough of Newham. Speaking for Mila Window...
Working alongside contractor Lawtech Group the specialist window and door maintenance company was asked to install fire doors into the five-storey block of flats at Grosvenor House in the city to replace the original doors which had been installed when the flats were built.
Mila Window and Door Maintenance has considerable expertise in the field of high rise housing, having worked in it for over 30 years.
Our technical teams fully understand the challenges and we have produced a specific white paper to help clients responsible for managing this type of housing asset
You no longer need to replace windows to extend the life of your assets. Download this whitepaper to find out more. Have you rendered your high rise blocks since you originally installed the windows? Do you know how...
Tristan Cooke Managing Director of Mila Window and Door Maintenance considers the relative value of using Multi-Skilled Operatives against Specialist Contractors. “In the interests of fairness I should say from the outset - our business is a specialist...
For a maintenance company which has been operating for nearly 30 years you would think there is nothing new to find…you couldn’t be more wrong. The technical team at specialist contractor Mila Maintenance recently discussed the issues they...