Biggest regeneration project in Scotland
A stunning design from Richard Murphy Architects, the £23m development of affordable housing for Hillcrest Housing Association showcases the full range of NorDan window products at QUARTERMILE in Edinburgh. On the site of the old Royal infirmary, flats are arranged around a spectacular octagonal central courtyard rising initially to 5 storeys and in separate corner towers, which then elevate to a tenth storey on the north east corner.
This layout maximises daylight into what is of necessity a relatively densely designed scheme, but by creating the central courtyard makes a social heart to the scheme. It’s based on models of similar sized city blocks in Europe, especially Berlin and gives some spectacular views of Edinburgh castle.
“NorDan’s aluminium clad three handle tilt and turn windows are perfect for high rise due to the low maintenance and high wind and rain performance”, said Daniel McElhinney, Regional Director in the Wishaw office. “The window sashes on this project are fairly large. With our 7 strong independent locking points, this window design easily takes up to 80Kg sash weight and will allow tenants to operate their windows safely and with ease.”
The project also uses NorDan’s Secured by Design certified sliding patio doorsets in courtyard areas. Each zone has windows assembled in a “window walling” fashion where the outward opening windows are being utilised as Automatic opening vents.
Gladedale Capital was principal contractor, with Sir Robert McAlpine as the main contractor, and Grainger Building Services Ltd supplying the building envelope which includes the window and door package.