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Wade House, Leeds

Posted On - August 22nd 2018
Posted By - Tristan Cooke
The Problem

Tenants of Wade House reported that windows were draughty and difficult to open and close. This was affecting warmth in the winter and ventilation in the summer.

The windows are aluminium box sash, single glazing, 30 to 40 years old. The age of the windows meant that sourcing parts to repair the windows was difficult but our supply chain came through with balances, keeps, fitch catches and restrictors that could all be retrofitted to the windows.

Over 3 days, all windows on all floors were surveyed by our engineers. The windows were graded on a PASS / FAIL basis based on their functionality.

Of the 1028 windows surveyed, 561 were found to fail, mostly due to faulty balances, catches or stops.

Project Overview

Our recommendation was that refurbishing the windows would reduce draughts which made people sat by them cold in the winter and improve ventilation in the summer by giving them more operable windows.

The opportunity to return all the windows to full functionality was limited by Health & Safety considerations with one side of the building overlooking the glass canopy of the Merrion Centre itself. However, working with the Centre’s tenants we developed a programme of repairs for windows that would seal draughty windows whilst ensuring there were enough openable ones in each section of the office to provide ventilation in the summer.

A full survey was carried out of all windows, which enabled us to identify for the client exactly what was required to bring the windows back to full operation from a technical and cost point of view.

Working with the client to decide the best solution to suit their budget, we developed a programme that would maximise the number of working windows in the areas where staff were based.

Nature of the works

The programme was developed to minimise disruption to people working in the offices, this included two floors that are used as a call-centre and several offices where sensitive work takes places.  The programme was carried out over a number of Fridays and Saturdays at times when people would be away from their desks when noisy work would be taking place.  This spread the programme over 3-months so constant communication was required to understand changes in usage of workspaces and requirements of the customer.

All works were completed on-time and within budget.  All works areas were left as found without any disruption to the office workers.

Client Information

Wade House is built above the Merrion Centre, a large shopping mall. It is an 11-storey building with offices ranging in size from 1,000 square feet to nearly 44,000 square feet. Three companies are based in Wade House, Step Change – the UK’s leading debt charity, NHS England and Black Solicitors. The Merrion Centre is owned and managed by Town Centre Securities (TCS), a leading UK property investment and development company with property assets in excess of £300 million.

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About the author

Tristan Cooke

Managing Director

Having been with the business since 1997, Tristan Cooke became Managing Director of Mila Window and Door Maintenance in September 2015 following the retirement of the man who founded the company in 1987, Dave Cooke.