CATFORD GREEN, LONDON

The ambitious Catford Green development, from Barratt London, meets a significant need for high quality housing that local people can afford.

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Competitively priced VELFAC glazing, installed across the 600 apartments which make up the estate, enabled Barratt London to keep within its capital cost budget while also delivering a range of high performance benefits for residents.

Dean Hurrell, Senior Technical Manager at Barratt London, had already used VELFAC in other developments and so was familiar with the quality of the system, and with the technical support provided by the VELFAC team. For Catford Green, VELFAC was also the most cost-effective glazing option: ‘We could meet our performance requirements, especially regarding U-values, with standard VELFAC units, and could also achieve the level of acoustic protection we needed,’ says Dean. ‘The VELFAC acoustic trickle vent gives the best performance on the market, and as Catford Green is built on land between two railway lines, excellent noise control is essential.’

Large VELFAC windows are installed in all apartments, including the 173 homes owned by the Peabody Housing Association. External aluminium frames are finished in mid-grey, to complement the brick facades, and inner timber framing is painted white. The slim framed windows ‘flood the interior open plan layout with natural light, says Dean, adding: ‘The majority of apartments also have balconies accessed by VELFAC casement doors so given the expanse of glass, low energy performance was also important and makes each apartment affordable to run as well as to buy.’

The first properties went on sale early in 2016, and according to Dean have ‘gone like hot cakes’. Further apartments will be released over the coming months and are likely to prove equally popular