Having previously been contracted in recent times by Reading University to successfully complete a comprehensive £715,000 + VAT window and door replacement programme of their JJ Thomson Building & Mathematics Department Building on the University of Reading’s impressive Whiteknight campus in 2016, Hazlemere Commercial have, as a result of their existing on-site track record, secured several new upgrade projects to carry out an additional £270,000 + VAT of refurbishment works to the Wager Building, the Allen Laboratory and Reading University Students Union Building.

Interestingly enough, the Wager building at Reading University was formerly known as the Geoscience building. It was named the Wager building after Dr Lawrence Rickard Wager, who was employed by the University in 1929 as Junior Lecturer in Geology. Wager published a seminal piece of work on petrology (the study of rocks) in 1939 that is still widely cited today, and he undertook some truly extraordinary scientific and personal feats during his time at Reading, including an expedition to the summit of Everest in 1933. The expedition reached the highest point achieved on Everest (28,100 ft) without oxygen at the time, and was not bettered until 1978.

The work on the Students Union building involves the surveying, then manufacture and installation of white powder coated Sapa Dualframe 75 SI Window Wall, vertically sliding Sapa Dualslide replacement double glazed windows (with a tilt in facility) and a thermally broken Sapa Stormframe STII commercial aluminium entrance door.

The refurbishments works to the Wager Building and Allen Laboratory are more extensive, involving the replacement of approximately 200 existing worm out non thermally broken windows and two existing tired entrance doors. The bespoke products being fabricated and fitted by Hazlemere Commercial into the Wager Building and Allen Laboratory are two hundred powder coated double glazed dual colour Sapa Dualframe 75 SI aluminium casement windows that are RAL 7011 gloss grey externally and RAL 9910 gloss white on the inside. In addition, Reading University have ordered two unique Sapa Stormframe STII dual colour high-traffic commercial aluminium entrance doors from Hazlemere Commercial that are RAL 3011 Brown Red (Ruby in colour) powder coated externally and RAL 9910 white gloss internally. Both these external access doors have a electronic entry system for high security.

Reading University Students’ Union Building, like the Wager Building and Allen Laboratory are each situated on the 320 acre Whiteknights parkland campus. The Students’ Union has a 2,000 capacity nightclub, a lively bar serving beverages and pub style food and a relaxing Cafe. The venues hold a range of activities from local bands, quiz and karaoke, comedy nights and regular parties.

All the high quality thermally broken energy efficient bespoke commercial aluminium windows and doors ordered by the University of Reading from Hazlemere Commercial are manufactured in their modern high-tech 38,000 square foot factory premises in the nearby town of High Wycombe in South Buckinghamshire, then installed on-site by their teams of experienced commercial window and door fitters.