The performance of engineered timber windows is helping Clearwood UK secure large contracts in the educational sector.

Cornwall-based Clearwood has installed 84 windows and seven large doorsets and screens manufactured in engineered larch at the new Rimrose Hope CE primary school in Sefton, Merseyside. The £6m development replaces the Beach Road and William Gladstone primary schools, with more than 360 pupils due to attend.

Clearwood says the ability for engineered timber windows to meet new building standards and offer an extended service life is making them more attractive to educational institutions.

“We are undoubtedly starting to see a move back to timber windows and doors within the educational sector,” said Clearwood sales manager Jay Pengelly.

“When you look at the overall life cycle cost of our products, compared with PVCu and traditional softwood 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.”

Gordon Robinson, project manager for the Rimrose Hope development, said the new school is designed to be bright and airy, “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, which they are manufacturing specifically for us,” he said.