The John Sturrock Home
Photo: Simon Miles Photography
John Sturrock comprises three linked residential blocks, two and three storeys high, surrounding an attractively landscaped central garden. Connection with the outside environment was a critical factor in the quality of care provided by the facility and the VELFAC windows achieve this beautifully.
Nick Cooper, Partner at architects Farrell & Clark LLP, was already familiar with VELFAC glazing, having installed the system in previous projects – as was his client, Thomas Owen Care Ltd: ‘They had specified VELFAC for a retirement home and had been impressed with the quality of the product and the composite frame design. They liked the timber inner frame and the low maintenance aluminium exterior, which also made the system very cost-effective over the longer term. We were happy to use the VELFAC system again, and to deal with the VELFAC team who helped deliver a relatively smooth installation.’
Standard double-glazed VELFAC units met all performance targets, with the slim frame design also maximising natural light. Frame finishes were chosen with care: ‘We specified a clear lacquer for the internal timber frame, to bring the warmth of natural wood into every bedroom,’ says Nick. ‘Externally, we chose a dark grey finish for the aluminium framing as it sits well with the surrounding blue panels, and the red brick facades. The fact that VELFAC and VELUX frames are identical was, architecturally, another important advantage,’ he adds: ‘It allowed us to sustain the glazing screens over the eaves and into the roof without requiring a curtain wall solution, with the uniform external frame delivering seamless sightlines, and with no visible difference between glazed units from inside the top floor rooms.’
The John Sturrock Home opened in July 2018.
Sector: Residential care
Architect: Farrell & Clark
Client: Thomas Owen Care Ltd
Photographer: Simon Miles Photography