Mersyside contract win for Clearwood


Timber window and door specialist Clearwood UK has won the contract to supply the doors and windows for a new multi-million pound school development in Liverpool.

The new £6 million Rimrose Hope CE School, a replacement for the Beach Road and William Gladstone Primary Schools in the Sefton area of Liverpool, will comprise of 11 new classrooms, nursery, special educational needs centre, IT room, activity centre and large assembly hall, providing accommodation for 315 and pupils and 52 part-time nursery pupils.

Having secured the contract – the latest in a line of business gains within the educational sector – Clearwood UK is manufacturing and fitting a total of 84 timber windows in addition to 7 large door sets and screens for the new school, in a range of styles and sizes – all of which will be manufactured from high quality engineered Larch and delivered over four phases of the development.

The 44-week project is due for completion in early 2009 and is being undertaken by leading UK construction firm Morgan Ashurst. According to project manager Gordon Robinson, both the timing and quality are the key features of the project.

“We are creating a completely new school for the area, which will see the closure of two existing sites and over 300 children move to this brand new facility, which is modern, bright, airy and designed completely with the children and their educational needs in mind.

“The quality of the build throughout is extremely high and this extends to the doors and windows from Clearwood UK, which they are manufacturing specifically for us,” said Gordon.

According to Clearwood UK Sales Manager Jay Pengelly, this latest contract gain in the educational sector is further testament to the move back to high quality timber windows and doors which, as a result of the quality of the engineered Larch and the manufacturing processes involved, means they can not only comply to all necessary standards, but provide a 60 year life expectancy.

“We are undoubtedly starting to see a move back to timber windows and doors within the educational sector as our recent contract gains prove and we are delighted to be working on the Rimrose Hope CE School Project.

“When you look at the overall life cycle cost of our products, compared with UPVC and traditional soft wood windows, and then add in the quality and craftsmanship of our products we have a very strong offering which the educational sector has really picked up on.

“Added to that is the fact that timber windows and doors have a character, style and versatility that no other material can match,” added Pengelly.

Clearwood UK’s Innovation range was the first timber-framed window in the UK to gain a British Fenestration Registration Council (BRFC) energy rating.