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New Victoria, Manchester

3,391 roller blinds across 2 towers and 520 apartments...


Architects and Developers

Project manager

Ged Hartshorn

Products Used

System 45 Roller Blinds

Glydea Curtain Tracks

Project Brief

Vinci Construction were appointed to build “the largest build-to-rent-led forward funding transaction inside and outside of London”. Comprising of two residential buildings, totalling 150,000ft² of residential space, this project consisted of one hundred and seventy-eight one-bed, two hundred and eighty-six two-bed and fifty-six three-bed apartments, providing a total number of five hundred and twenty apartments, across twenty and twenty-five storeys respectively, as well as 6,000ft2 of ground floor amenity and retail space. Sheppard Robson were the scheme’s architect and, working alongside the end client, James Robertshaw were instructed to consult regarding its window blind and curtain track requirements. Working to a BREEAM standard, sustainability and energy retention were key topics in achieving the client’s requirement and expectations, whilst maintaining the challenging manufacture and fit-out schedule demanded to make sure the project retains the overall expected schedules.

A specification, based on the requirements the client required, was proposed. Having to meet a number of key factors that included sustainability of both company and products proposed, commitment of support from both supply chain, the client and ourselves, to delivery, high quality and service, combined with confidence to meet standards and deadlines of all partners involved. James Robertshaw Ltd had the pleasure of being appointed on this prestigious scheme. For a huge project based in Manchester, we took great pride in fabricating our components and textiles within Manchester, whilst manufacturing, testing, and installing the finished product within Manchester.


The survey, manufacture, installation, project management and delivery of 3,391 performance roller blind systems, all housed within a recessed ceiling reveal, over a sixty week delivery programme, meeting all expectations involved.

Manufacturing and installing their window blind and curtain tracks continuously for two days a week, across a sixty week delivery programme, the Vinci team never knew JR were on site! With less than 1% of defects or snags over the scheme entirety, whilst keeping to the demanding fit-out schedule, JR are an example of the type of sub-contractor Vinci love to work with!

Tony Grinrod

Contracts Manager

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