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Countrywide UPVC installs 88 Profile 22 Vertical Sliding windows in a private apartment building in Merseyside

Westcliffe Court is a prominent private apartment building in Southport, Merseyside. It had been built with soft wood framed sash windows but its location near the sea meant the frames were wearing badly and needed to be repainted every three or four years – an expensive undertaking for the building’s residents. When the windows’ seals started to fail too, the building’s management company sought a more thermally efficient PVC-U alternative.

Because the building is in a conservation area, any changes to the exterior of the building needed to be approved. The local planning department specified that vertical sliding windows with a white woodgrain finish needed to be used and stipulated they needed to feature mechanical mortise-and-tenon joints rather than a welded 45 degree joint.

The building’s management company researched alternatives and selected Profile 22 and approved installer, Countrywide UPVC in Ormskirk.

Countrywide UPVC worked closely with Westcliffe Court’s management company to secure the necessary planning permission. They were supported throughout by Profile 22’s Specification Manager, who completed all the designs for the windows and attended both residents and planning department meetings, with samples, making a complicated process run as smoothly as possible.

Planning permission was successfully secured and installation began in 2016. Countrywide UPVC ran the schedule of works to suit the residents, working from flat to flat rather than from one side of the building to the other. The work ran extremely smoothly and all installations were completed by February 2017 on time and on budget.

Les Moon, Project Leader for Westcliffe Court Management Company and building resident said: “All the residents are absolutely delighted with the new windows. They are extremely pleasing aesthetically and only under very close scrutiny can you tell that they’re not wooden frames. They are also performing exceptionally well with many residents are reporting that they’re not having to switch their heating on half as much as they were previously, so the windows are already saving us money on our heating bills. It’s a relief to know that these windows not only look and perform well but will be able to remain in situ with very limited maintenance required for many years to come.”

The project is a perfect example of how Profile 22’s exceptionally well-thought-through system can deliver the most demanding of requirements. It’s also a perfect demonstration of two companies working closely and proactively together to deliver a high quality, low maintenance solution that has enhanced the lives of a building’s residents.


Company Overview For:

Profile 22 Systems

Profile 22 manufacture a comprehensive range of 60mm and 70mm PVC-U windows and door systems.

Its products are integrated, meaning all four suites offer a choice of sash and outer frame combinations, share common beads and have dedicated Safeware locks and hardware. Making it simple to specify and fabricate window and doors to suit any application. Integration offers huge benefits to fabricators and makes it very economical to sell into new market sectors.

Profile 22 integrated products also incorporate unique and proven labour saving features that can make significant impact on your productivity, saving time and money in the factory and on site.

Profile 22 at a glance:

  • British owned manufacturer of PVC-U profile.
  • Based in Telford in a 150,000 sq ft factory and customer support complex.
  • Working with windows since 1976.
  • 40,000 frames made using Profile 22 every week.
  • Part of the £180m Epwin Group.
  • Dedicated specification team and a nationwide network of manufacturers of high quality PVC-U windows and doors.


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