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PDS supply housing project with sustainable alternative

In 2009 Fat Architects made it to press following their cutting edge design of Woodward Place in New Islington, one of many affordable homes projects being developed by Great Places at the time.

IFor this development Fat Architects worked closely with the residents of 23 social housing units to make a strong urban street frontage using conventional construction techniques and incorporating symbolic references to the idea of home. Fat Architects were awarded a housing design award for their efforts and the residents who moved into Woodward Place where thrilled with their new homes.

In order to reduce costs at the development stage the architect specified an array of softwood and plywood materials but unfortunately these didn’t offer the life expectancy required for this project and just 9 years on from completion, it was again found to be in need of a full scale refurbishment. With this in mind Great Places appointed a new architect who prescribed higher specification materials which would meet the requirements of the project well into the future. On this occasion the whole life cost benefits were considered rather than just the upfront costs.

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PDS play their part in bringing derelict skyscrapers back to life

Over the past couple of years East Manchester districts New Islington and Ancoats have seen great improvements thanks to millions of pounds of public and private investment.

Dramatic transformational changes have been made in order to raise the profile of the area helping to improve the sense of community, open up jobs and create greater affluence for local people. Just 10 minutes from the exciting Manchester City Centre, New Islington and Ancoats are in a prime location and in a campaign to change people’s perceptions of the area and encourage workers, young families and graduates to relocate there, money has been spent on building hundreds of new homes, a health centre, free school and the New Islington Marina.

One of the most noticeable changes the area has seen has been the transformation of the Manchester skyline through the renovation of three 12-storey tower blocks that stood derelict for over 15 years. Formally known as Salford, Chippenham and Rodney Court, the tower blocks acted as an eyesore to the area after their closure by council chiefs in 1994 and soon became completely abandoned bar a number of squatters that set up home in the run down sites.

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Chapel is given a boost of life by BJ Property Solution

A former Chapel is given a boost of life by BJ Property Solutions using PDS Timber Windows - transforming it from a decaying and unused shell to a highly appealing dwelling and an asset to the community.

The Chapel, which was built in the 1830’s, played an important role in the community and was a focal point in the village; it was a building full of life until 2003 when it became unusable. This was due to a large vertical fissure suddenly appearing in the north wall. Investigations took place and the building was deemed dangerous. Keen to continue using the chapel, the congregation enquired about repairs to the building. Estimated upwards of £130,000 the repairs were thought too expensive so the congregation moved to an alternative location leaving the chapel vacant while planning permission was sought to develop the property.  Eight years later planning permission was finally granted – to demolish the chapel and replace it with two small houses, but it remained vacant for two more years.  In 2013 BJ Property Solutions purchased the Chapel and sought permission to convert it to a single dwelling. 

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Cottage Renovation Stuns Local Community

Performance Doorset Solutions (PDS) has recently provided their stunningly authentic Flush Fitting Casement Windows for a Grade 2 listed conservation project of an old stone cottage overlooking the picturesque Hollingworth Lake.

The 2 storey wash stone property was built in the early 19th Century and is considered a building of historical interest. A local couple had developed an interest in the property after falling in love with its charm and character. Although this was slightly masked by its slowly deteriorating state the couple were able to identify the properties potential and knew that with some care and attention the building could be returned to its former glory. They made the decision to purchase it with the vision of conserving it, reinstating its charm and intrigue and making it their dream family home. The owners of the property considered a variety of firms however after visiting PDS’ factory in December 2014 they were very impressed and knew that PDS’ Flush Fitting Casement Windows were the right fit. They went on to place an order in January for 22 Windows and a French Door.

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