Dempsey Dyer reaches for the skies
Published by Jane Ward for Deceuninck Ltd in Education
Deceuninck Aston University
Deceuninck fabricator Dempsey Dyer has been awarded the contract to fabricate and install 1500 windows in an 18-storey tower as part of phase two of the £215 million project to regenerateAstonUniversity’s student accommodation.
The window specification was a demanding one, as befits a project this prestigious. The window frames needed to be grey to complement the building’s design. They also needed to have a tilt only facility – essential to offer good ventilation without compromising the safety of any of the tower’s inhabitants.
Dempsey Dyer tendered for the project with Deceuninck 2500 chamfered series window in RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey using the unique Decoroc coating on the outside and traditional white on the inside. The unique Decoroc coating gives the colour longevity and is guaranteed not to peel, crack or fade, unlike many lesser coatings. Dempsey Dyer worked closely with Deceuninck during the specification process to ensure that all requirements were met. John Duckworth, Specification Manager at Deceuninck provided the evidence that the Decoroc coating not only offered the same aesthetic benefits as the initially preferred aluminium alternative, but could also be provided at a much more competitive price. Meanwhile, Mark Castle of Deceuninck technical team provided a full set of scheme drawings for the project. This included a full specification including elevation details and product performance requirements.
The quality of the Deceuninck window was one of the deciding factors in Dempsey Dyer being awarded the contract, as was the company’s ability to offer a guarantee on the system’s colour. The project’s contractors were similarly convinced by Dempsey Dyer’s track record in completing large, high profile contracts, a genuinely hands-on approach and excellent attention to detail, all of which were amply demonstrated in the tendering process.
Work on the project has already begun and will take around 8 months to complete and Dempsey Dyer is providing a complete fabrication and installation service. The work is being overseen by a dedicated Dempsey contract manager who will be on site throughout the duration of the project and Dempsey’s Director, Peter Dyer, will also be on hand to ensure that the entire project runs as smoothly as all the other jobs the company has undertaken in its 34-year history.
The Aston University regeneration project is an extremely high profile one, so choosing the right contractors was vital. Dempsey Dyer’s reputation and capabilities combined with the credentials of the Deceuninck product, made the company the obvious choice.
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