Raines Court Apartments, London

Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Fabricator: Securefront Systems
Awards: RIBA Award
Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award – British Construction Industry Awards
Products: GXi sliding balcony doors, FXi46 casement windows

Raines Court in London is one of the largest schemes to incorporate the new GXi aluminium sliding balcony door. Developed by the Peabody Trust, it is also the UK’s largest affordable housing project to be built in a factory and the first to be offered for sale.

Manufactured off-site in York by Yorkon, this mixed-use urban development provides a total of 61 apartments, including 8 live/work units. Built to Housing Corporation standards, the scheme has pushed back the boundaries of modular technology and innovation in construction.

The design ethos for the project was to use high quality, low maintenance materials and products, which are strong and highly durable to maximise longevity. Each apartment module incorporates a balcony to the front elevation, which is glazed using the new GXi sliding balcony door.

GXi is a robust and high specification sliding window and balcony door, which has been developed for apartments and prestige office schemes. It was used at Raines Court to maximise natural light, giving each apartment a spacious feel, and to allow access to a private balcony.

Each apartment has its own colour for the entrance door and cladding panels, selected from a palette of shades of blue and green with splashes of yellow. This contrasts successfully with the dark grey GXi sliding doors and FXi46 casement windows.