Nelson's Yard

At Nelson’s Yard, in the heart of York, Mesh Architects have created an innovative new-build terrace of six high quality townhouses, each offering beautiful views and generous outdoor spaces despite the restricted plot.

VELFAC composite glazing plays an important role in the development’s success, offering contemporary design, quality construction and impressive performance to help developer Northminster Ltd gain maximum return on their latest investment.

Nelson's Yard with VELFAC windows

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‘Having specified the VELFAC system for a previous project (Clementhorpe Maltings – also for Northminster), we knew it was the ideal choice for this type of residential development,’ says Mesh Architects Design Director Ian Collins. ‘At Nelson’s Yard, we’ve installed VELFAC windows in every house, and used fully glazed doors to provide access to the rear gardens and balconies, and to the roof terraces overlooking the nearby St Denys’ Church.

The slim VELFAC frame delivered our vision of light, space and clean, uninterrupted views, with the sharp, external aluminium section supporting the contemporary aesthetic. Internally, the wood frame also provides a natural, comfortable finish which prospective buyers like,’ says Ian. As the development was speculative – not sold off-plan – the obvious quality and cost-effectiveness of VELFAC was also vital. ‘Northminster positioned Nelson’s Yard at the upper end of the market, and so wanted to specify only the best products at the right price.’

Reliable window performance and low maintenance design are important for new-build homes, and once again VELFAC met the brief. ‘We could achieve our thermal and acoustic targets with standard double glazed units,’ says Ian, ‘and the external aluminium frame is also very low maintenance, another benefit for homeowners. Externally, the frames are  finished in light grey to complement the metal and timber balconies, multi-coloured brick facades and seamed zinc pitched roofs. Internally we opted to paint the timber frames white – a safe option but undoubtedly popular with buyers.’

Nelson’s Yard is an excellent example of how to deliver contemporary family homes within an historic setting. The development quickly garnered a number of accolades since its completion in May 2018, including ‘Highly commended’ in the residential category of the RICS Regional Awards 2018, and was also shortlisted for a RIBA Yorkshire Award 2018, and a 2018 York Design Award.


Sector: Residential

Developer: Mesh Architects

Specified for:

  • Maximising views in every home
  • High quality construction and ROI
  • Contemporary aesthetic
  • Thermal and acoustic performance
  • Low maintenance design