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A Place to call home

An upmarket block of exclusive apartments in a sought-after Home Counties town? Sounds like a suitable project for Dakea roof windows…

Less than half an hour from London’s St Pancras, the town of Harpenden in Hertfordshire is known for its community feel, spacious streets and surrounding countryside. So it’s no surprise, with homes here in high demand, that quality housebuilders Bridgewater Homes were keen to explore development opportunities in the area.

Reed Place ticked all the boxes with a generously-sized piece of land, a great view and also plenty of room for gardens. The housebuilders worked with a local architect to design an ambitious 14-unit high-end apartment block with a basement car park and private garden. On a street of established 1930s and Victorian detached and semi-detached homes, the block had to be sympathetic in design and also be high-end enough to blend into the area. The project started mid 2021 and the first occupants are looking forward to moving into their homes in May 2023.  

Andrew Cross, Operations Manager at Bridgewater Homes, comments: "We developed a close relationship with Jewson, our preferred merchant. We'd never used Dakea roof windows before but after a close comparison on price and a recommendation from Jewson we decided to go with Dakea as they were good value for money."

Bridgewater Homes chose twelve Conservation roof windows for the project with black exterior frames and a white interior. These conservation-compliant roof windows feature beautiful wooden frames that look natural and simple and suit a heritage building. Andrew commented: "They’re affordable, provide good insulation and are highly effective."

Abbas Jamal, Dakea Area Sales Manager told us: "The Conservation model blended in with the design of the area, was approved by local planning and made the design statement the homebuilder was looking for."

Each of these windows also needed an AMC 100 electric opener to aid easy opening for residents. The Dakea Electrical opener consists of a motor unit with all electrical connections, a rain sensor, and a remote controller. The sensor detects rain and automatically closes the roof window, protecting the room from surprise showers.  

Bridgewater Homes also ordered one ventilation window in white which meets the EN 12101-2 European standard. This smoke vent is ideal for protecting occupants in the event of a fire. If a smoke detector registers smoke in the atmosphere, or a ‘break-glass’ point is shattered, the signal is activated and the window uses its electric motor and gas struts to automatically open the window to a maximum position within 60 seconds. This was positioned over the stairwell.

Andrew Cross comments, "Our Dakea rep travelled to meet me on site to show me the windows which I really appreciated and kept in touch after that to give updates on our order and then to check all was going smoothly. It made the process straightforward. We were happy with the Dakea products we chose. They were all great quality, are compatible with Velux blinds, have a high energy performance and are good value for money." The block has already been well received locally and now the housebuilding team are concentrating on completing the high-spec interiors, ready for 14 residents and families to move in next spring.

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