A new student accommodation scheme in Chester is making the most of its picturesque canalside location thanks to an attractive glazing package from Senior Architectural Systems.
Taking inspiration from its location next to Chester’s famous Shropshire Union Canal, The Towpath development offers modern student accommodation facilities across two four-storey and one three-storey blocks.
Installed by Kingfisher Windows Ltd for main contractor Watkins Jones, Senior’s aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors were specified for use on all three buildings of the new development. Senior’s thermally-efficient SPW600e windows and SPW600 doors were chosen for the use within the individual apartments, many of which feature attractive balconies that overlook the canal. The communal areas of the scheme feature Senior’s robust SPW501 aluminium doors, with the slim sightlines offered by Senior’s popular SF52 curtain walling enhancing the sense of light and space across the lower ground floors.
The facades of the individual buildings have been created using different materials, with a striking mix of traditional brickwork, pre-coated zinc cladding and cedar timber cladding. Working with different interfaces meant that the installation of the fenestration package required careful planning and this was skilfully executed by the Kingfisher team. Close coordination with the other trades on site was also vital to ensuring that the construction programme remained on schedule, particularly as the windows had to be installed before work on the brickwork façade was completed.
Owing to the close proximity of the new student accommodation development to existing properties on the canalside, including a large number of residential properties, the acoustic performance of the fenestration package was also a key consideration.