ProjectAbbey Sands, Torquay
ArchitectKay Elliot
Main ContractorHavard Estates
Fabricator & InstallerDetails available on request

Project Summary

Window and door systems from Smart Architectural Aluminium have been used exclusively throughout the stunning new Abbey Sands development in Torquay.

Delivered by specialist property development company, Havard Estates, the award-winning scheme occupies a dominant position at the centre of Torquay's mile long promenade and includes four restaurants, 13 self-catering apartments and 14 residential apartments. Influenced by the modernist and Art Deco styles of early 20th century British seaside architecture, architects Kay Elliott designed a truly elegant and sympathetic building which features curved balconies and glass balustrading to fully exploit the impressive sea views.

The new building features a wide range of Smart systems, including the company’s large format Visoglide sliding doors, Smart Wall ground floor treatment and tilt and turn windows, all of which were manufactured and installed by Avdon Bristol Limited, one of Smart’s specialist fabricator and installer partners.

Commenting on the specification of these systems, Jan Tribble, Associate at Kay Elliott said: “We selected the Smart solutions because of their excellent quality and value, which together with the selection of high quality door furniture allowed us to create glazed features to perfectly complement the building’s overall aesthetic.
“Given the building’s coastal location, we specified floor-to-ceiling glazing to exploit the stunning views, with Smart’s 2.5m Visoglide sliding doors providing a feature for each of the apartments, really opening up the external space of the balconies to maximum effect.”

As Abbey Sands is within just eight metres of the sea, a polyester powder coated finish was specified for Smart’s MC Wall curtain wall system for the ground floor commercial units, as well as for the Visoglide doors for the apartments above, providing long-life protection for the materials and delivering low maintenance requirements.
Commenting on the project, Smart Managing Director, Eddie Robinson said: “We were delighted to have been involved with such an iconic development, where modern materials have been used so sympathetically to retain the building’s rich heritage.”