Suffolk CC Albany PRU centre


SEH Commercial aluminium windows and doors for Suffolk CC Albany PRU centre

The Albany Centre in Bury St Edmunds is a specialist Pupil Referral Unit run by Suffolk County Council for young people having difficulties within mainstream education establishments. Twenty seven students between the ages of 14 – 16 receive education and training courses tailored carefully to help them overcome problems of social interaction and attendance. The Albany Centre enables them to follow a personal path to achieve education and direction towards better life skills and for job prospects in the wider world.

SEH Commercial has recently completed a substantial window and door replacement project at the Albany Centre on behalf of Vinci Facilities, the main contractor carrying out a refurbishment programme on the Albany premises. The project included installing replacement aluminium windows and doors and carrying out window filming in certain locations on the premises.

“This is our third major refurbishment project here at the Albany with further projects to improve both the internal structure and the external areas around the centre already underway,” reports Tracy Rose, the Bursar. “In the past 18months we have improved the roofing of the building and this is the second tranche of window replacement carried out for us by SEH. Because we are such a small unit without capacity to switch students to alternative rooms whilst the work is carried out, we closed the centre for just two and a half days whilst the major replacements were installed. The SEH team were brilliant on site and kept everything clean and tidy at all times so we moved right back into the classrooms without any great disruption.”

Secure, safe and comfortable premises are very much part of the Albany PRU philosophy and the aluminium windows and doors installed by SEH Commercial are thermally broken products to give enhanced thermal performance. The main entrance doorway features anti-trap finger protection design, low level threshold, concealed overhead closer with 90° hold open facility and high quality handles and locking system. The doors meet BS ENV1627 Level 3 for security performance.  The aluminium casement windows installed have 55mm deep outer frames with two thermal break sections within the window profiles, internal beading, multipoint locking, 100mm opening restrictors and trickle vents.

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