Two apartment blocks in Manchester’s Hat Box development in Milliners Wharf have achieved Secured By Design certification in recognition of the safety standards met. Technal’s window, curtain walling and door systems, supplied through fabricator Glasshus, were instrumental in this certification.

‘Hat Box’ was developed by FairBriar Real Estate, a joint venture between Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL), Hualing Group of the People’s Republic of China, and Metro Holdings, of Singapore. The scheme, which is part of the regeneration of New Islington, is a high-end residential development designed by Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher (CJCT).

To ensure residents feel secure in their homes, CJCT specified products with high security features to be used. As such, Technal’s PY door, which incorporates an invisible door closer as well as concealed locking grooves for a tight and secure mechanism, was specified for the ground floor apartments and top floor duplex apartments. These features, along with the single leaf open-in and open-out hinged doors that meet PAS 24 for burglar resistance, resulted in the Secured by Design certification

Technal is part of the Sapa Group and so for the balconies, the C125 sliding door was specified for its durability.

Alongside C125 and PY doors, Technal’s FY 65 window was also specified. This further helped in achieving Secured by Design certification, as the FY window is also tested and certified to PAS 24 for burglar resistance.

There are several optional additions to customise the FY product to the project at hand. In this case, the Hat Box development benefits from tilt and turn windows, made possible by the FY window’s durability and strength. The hinge mechanism can support glazing of up to 130kg.

As well as the safety element, it was important to ensure the building’s occupants would be living in a healthy environment. In buildings where there is a difference of U value between the walls and windows and doors, there is always a risk of high humidity, potentially causing issues with condensation and mould.

This was overcome at Hat Box through the advanced thermal efficiency offered by MX curtain walling. Less energy is lost via the difference in temperature between the inside and outside of the curtain walling. Consistent temperature and air quality around the room means the room requires less energy to heat it.

Simon Tuckwell, Managing Director of Glasshus, said, “This particular project required a high level of security and energy efficiency. Technal products naturally fit these requirements, but to further emphasise the security element, we worked with Technal to pass the systems through the Secure by Design tests to give the customer ultimate peace of mind.”

All 144 apartments have now sold.