Architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal have helped to transform a 19th century former textile mill into an award-winning waterside residential scheme which has helped to stimulate the resurgence of the West Yorkshire town of Brighouse.

More than 300 of Technal’s GXi sliding patio doors were specified throughout, giving large glazed openings to make the most of the views from each apartment, all of which overlook the river or canal. Visible grid curtain walling with 5m high spans was used for the double height penthouses, with GXi integrated into the system. The glazing systems were finished in slate grey, and were fabricated and installed by East Yorkshire Aluminium and Glass.

“Our design for this scheme retains the character of the original mill and yet has created a stylish, modern living environment which is sympathetic to its waterside location”, said Peter Cartwright, Director of Cartwright Pickard Architects.

“The glazing systems were an important architectural feature. We liked the fact that the GXi system has slim sight lines which improve the views out of buildings being adapted for residential use and have minimal visual impact externally. The sliding doors are easy for occupiers to operate as well as being contemporary in design, low maintenance and thermally efficient which helped us achieve a very good Eco Homes rating for the project. We are very pleased with the end result.”

GXi is a robust and high specification sliding window and balcony door, which was developed by Technal for apartments and prestige office schemes. Rigorously tested to 20,000 open and close cycles, the system has clean, narrow 41mm sight lines, a 9mm flush polyamide thermal break for enhanced performance, and the option of flat-faced or curved profiles. A strong, unobtrusive track and roller system ensures a smooth sliding operation, even with the heaviest leaf sizes.

Features of Mill Royd Island include a swimming pool and fitness suite on the ground floor, exposed natural stonework, and dramatic floor to ceiling heights in each apartment. The project won Transformation of the Year at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards, the NHBC’s North of England Pride Award and has been shortlisted for a number of others.