Technal’s new GXi sliding balcony door has been used for a pioneering and award-winning housing scheme in York. Sixth Avenue is the first factory-built multi-storey affordable housing development to be completed outside London.
Designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects and built off-site by Yorkon, the four storey modular building for Yorkshire Housing comprises 24 high quality apartments providing a mix of 3, 2 and 1 bedroom homes.
Finished in dark grey to complement the western red cedar and terracotta cladding, Technal’s FXi46 aluminium casement windows and recently launched GXi sliding balcony doors were selected for their long-term durability, contemporary appearance, energy efficiency and low maintenance qualities.
The systems were fabricated by Securefront Systems and installed in the apartments off-site at Yorkon’s production centre in York. The steel-framed apartment modules were then craned into position at Sixth Avenue in just a few days, complete with bathrooms, kitchens, plumbing, doors and windows. This highly innovative method of construction improved build quality, accuracy and significantly reduced the programme time to less than 15 months from inception to completion.
GXi is a robust and high specification sliding window and balcony door, which has been developed by Technal for apartments and prestige office schemes. It was used at Sixth Avenue to allow access from each apartment to a generous timber-decked balcony or private garden.
Rigorously tested to 20,000 open and close cycles, GXi features clean, narrow 41mm sight lines, a 9mm flush polyamide thermal break for performance in line with the revised Building Regulations, 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.
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