Westcoast Windows were pleased to supply their energy efficient windows last year for the development of the new Essex Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Walton-on-the-Naze.
The Naze Centre is a major £900,000 project, with funding by the Lottery ‘Coastal Community Fund’, providing information and facilities for visitors to the Naze, and a hub from where Essex Wildlife Trust is running events and educational facilities for school and college groups. The Naze is included in the curriculum for GCSEs and A-Levels, as a case study for wildlife, fossils, geology, coastal processes, coastal communities and more.
The Naze Centre is a low energy, eco-friendly building using heat pumps and recycled materials, and required high performance windows to help achieve this – Westcoast Swedish composite windows were the ideal choice.
The low maintenance aluminium exterior was finished in charcoal grey RAL 7012, combined with the warm wood lacquered timber interior finish, which was specified to match the internal glulam timber frame. The large energy efficient composite windows used in this project maximise the light, and minimise heat loss to create a bright, modern and welcoming visitor centre.
The Naze Education and Visitor Centre won the 2017 RICS Tourism & Leisure Award 2018 for the East of England. Find out more about the awards here: RICS AWARDS 2018
For single storey buildings or high level balcony locations where cleaning can be carried out from within the building and reglazing is to be carried out externally.
The window has a top hung open out action, the sash being hung on a pair of concealed friction hinges. An opening angle of up to 80° can be achieved to enable external surfaces to be cleaned from within the building (max safe reach 850mm).
Concealed multipoint espagnolette locking provides superior closing tightness for weatherproofing and acoustic attenuation and offers a secure night ventilation position.
For residential access purposes to ground floor terrace or upper floor level balcony locations where doors are to be secured principally from within the building.
Single leaf doors (FDG) are secured by a concealed multipoint locking espagnolette bolt mechanism incorporating an integral handle operated friction stay with a variable hold open position up to either 90° or 165°. In the case of pairs of doors (FDGD) the slave leaf is secured with flush bolts as standard or for enhanced security with espagnolette operation.