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Leading Scandinavian producer Janex is supplying 300 high quality stained timber windows and 200 HPF internal fire doors with beech veneer finish for a new extension at Gilmerton, Edinburgh for the veterans charity 'Erskine', which provides care homes in Scotland for ex Servicemen and women. The extension provides an additional 48 beds to the existing care home.

What makes this building particularly interesting is that it will include a pilot project 'Army Recovery Centre' of 12 beds in a separate unit within the new extension. This project is the result of a collaboration between the Ministry of Defence, the veterans charities Erskine and Help for Heroes on the best way to work together to meet an identified gap in the care of Soldiers wounded and injured both on operations and in training. The scheme called Pathfinder aims to provide an appropriate level of care and support, supervision and assistance for convalescing military personnel, and facilitate their swift return to duty, or a smooth transition to an appropriately skilled and supported civilian life.

Founded in 1916, Erskine has provided nursing and medical care for former members of the Armed Forces through two world wars and the more recent conflicts and peace keeping initiatives of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Re-building shattered lives, restoring dignity and providing first class care to ex-Service men and women both young and old have been the cornerstones on which Erskine has built an unrivalled reputation across five care homes in Scotland.

The £8.7m new build project at Gilmerton Edinburgh is an extension to the existing 40 bedded residential care facility, opened in November 2001. It will more than double the existing capacity. The building is set on two storeys with full disabled access, en-suite facilities in every room, and direct access to a secure sensory garden from each room. A previous facility was demolished to make way for the new build. The project is managed by Atkins, the engineering design services provider and the contractor is Robertson Construction Central.  Architects for this project were Macmon chartered architects, Glasgow.

As a commercial building, the doors have a high specification for fire regulations to 30 and 60 minute fire rating. A range of internal doors are finished with crown cut beech veneer and provided as full doorsets complete with ironmongery package, and as single and double swing doorsets. The fully reversible canopy timber windows have a typical u-value of 1.4W/m2K and are finished with a teak stain. Inward and outward opening French doors on this project were stained to match the finish of the windows. Brian Davie from Janex commented: “We were selected to supply windows and doors as our products met and in many instances outperformed our client’s stringent specification requirements on this project, our commitment to service and quality and our ability to deliver the complete package of external windows and doorsets and internal doorsets on time and on budget.”

Janex is one of Scandinavia’s finest producers of high performance timber windows and composite doors for the UK market, and was the first to achieve both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) on all products for customers. This is proving attractive to ambitious developers with a green agenda, to achieve high Eco Points in the Code for Sustainable Homes. Janex products are also accredited by the Police Initiative Secured by Design, and certified by testing body TRADA in its Q Mark scheme for high performance and security.

Founded in 1992, by Norwegian Jan Skaara, the firm is headquartered in Egersund, Norway with offices in the UK in London and Falkirk. Product range includes timber windows, alu-clad timber windows, composite internal and external doors, patio, french and balcony glazed doors.