Integra Installation Success for Networks UPVC and Premier

The success of Synseal’s Orangery Collection keeps on growing, with installations taking place throughout the UK.

One of the latest examples of this success is the installation of an Integra parapet wall style orangery in Lancashire. The choice of the Integra orangery design was driven by a desire from the homeowner to have an installation that would most closely achieve the look and feel of a fully brick-built extension, while still benefiting from the extra light that comes from having an overhead glass roof.

The Integra is unique in today’s marketplace in that the concealed lantern roof is designed to fit neatly behind the parapet wall for a very traditional orangery look, with no decorative external soffit or guttering system showing.

Networks UPVC was identified by the homeowner via K2’s online directory. They carried out the full installation, with the Integra orangery components being supplied by local K2 fabricator partner Premier Conservatories Supplies, based in Bolton.

Peter Marsden, owner of Networks UPVC Ltd, commented: “Our customer was extremely pleased with the finished product. The inside is airy and light, and has completely transformed this area of the house. We found the Integra kit very easy to install, saving us several days of installation in comparison to other solutions. In addition, our K2 fabricator, Premier Conservatory Supplies, was on hand to guide us through the installation of the orangery, which was done in less than 4 hours, thanks to everything being supplied cut to size and ready to use. There is no doubt that to see the frame in situ is very impressive; it really shows the strength and durability of the structural orangery system.”

Premier Conservatories Supplies Sales Director, Andrew Buglass added: “Historically we have mainly supplied Rio flat-roofed orangeries, so this new experience of supplying an Integra was extremely beneficial to our business. The Orangery Collection has been engineered specifically to use the same core structural design, with slight variations allowing for significant changes in the aesthetic look of each of the styles. I personally attended the build on site and it was good to see this new Integra quickly taking shape. The completed job features an impressive internal soffit and certainly looks the business, inside and out.”

The technical versatility of the Orangery Collection, combined with its multi-purpose engineering, means that retailing installers do not need to promote just one of the styles but can market the whole of the range with confidence. The structural nature of the system also means that wide span orangery project designs can be created, without the need for additional and costly portal frame support.

Installers can allow their homeowner customer prospects to choose from Synseal’s selection of Orangery Collection styles, safe in the knowledge that the installation team will be able to handle the job on site to perfection thanks to the common design features deployed right across the range.

K2 Capella's Modular Options are Just the Job

When Doncaster-based Paul Jackson Conservatories asked K2 fabricator Four Seasons Conservatories what orangery solutions they had to offer that would allow Paul to present his potential customer with something innovative, the timing could not have been more perfect.

It just so happened that two new upgrade options had been recently introduced to the K2 Capella orangery: an internal full-height plasterboard soffit, for that true orangery look; and the already highly popular aluminium fascia and optional decorative pilasters which had been adapted from the best-selling Global Summer to fit onto the K2 hybrid orangery system.

Paul Jackson, who in his 25th year of fitting has seen many installations, comments: “The external finish, particularly the pilasters, gives their new room a really striking appearance. On the inside the integrated GRP pilasters are finished with an internal pod system to create a fantastic column between the windows. These blend in perfectly with the selected 300mm plasterboard soffit which runs all the way round the perimeter and offers an overall feel of sturdiness.”

“Our customers were over the moon with the end result,” continues Paul. “They had looked into fully structural orangeries and had gone to some of the big national installers. But their prices were not within budget and they could not offer an alternative product.”

The installed Capella measures 6 metres by 4 metres and features a brick dwarf wall designed to seamlessly match the Georgian style property.

Following on from this positive response Phil Foulger at Four Seasons is now actively promoting the K2 Capella as an alternative to a standard conservatory or a fully structural orangery. He comments: “The Capella’s modular options are unique on the market; we will be focusing our sales effort on the plasterboard soffit option as its appearance is the closest to that of a structural orangery.”

The Capella can be specified with a range of other options including an integral aluminium gutter and an internal PVC-U shelf-like soffit, available in either 170mm or 300mm depth. The plasterboard soffit is available in a choice of 300mm or 600mm depth, to match the designed look of prestigious structural orangeries.

Building Regulations Energy Efficiency And Your Conservatory


Part L1 Conservation of fuel and power.

These regulations cover the energy efficiency of your new conservatory, if you are going to extend the new conservatory into your home without the benefit of external quality doors you will generally need to have a CO2 calculation carried out. This is in two parts, the first is concerned with a “Notional Extension” or conservatory which is an extension that has 25% of the floor area as glazing. This will produce a Notional CO2 figure expressed in kg/year.

The second part is the Proposed Extension, which has the required amount of glazing which can be significantly higher up to and including 80% glazing.

To compensate for the higher heat loss through the glazed walls and roof it will be necessary to improve the efficiency of the home and conservatory.

This can be done in a number of ways such as using high performance glazing, increasing the efficiency of the conservatory over and above that required by the building regulations.

Improving the efficiency of the existing home by:.

• Increasing loft insulation, wall insulation, floor insulation, improving the boiler efficiency and improving the efficiency of the doors and windows

• Siting of the conservatory can be beneficial, utilising a south facing elevation solar gain can be useful in improving the overall efficiency particularly with the use of solar control glazing.

Source: Clearview, January 2014, issue 146, p51