Replacement windows for conservation areas
Feb 11, 2016
More and more properties are being added to the list of conservation areas in the UK, with the cultural heritage of our country’s architecture becoming increasingly important as new cheap build permeate the landscape. As one of the very few manufacturers and installers in London, a lot of our clients approach us looking for bespoke windows that will work as replacements for their properties in conservation areas. It’s become second nature for us to now recreate window frames like-for-like, with some of our work even surpassing the unique hardwood windows that we manufacture ourselves.
In order to comply with the LPA, we need to take exact measurements of the frames and procure materials and finishes that will exactly match the architectural and aesthetic qualities of previous windows. This can be a long process, but one that, in the end, is extremely rewarding, especially as a lot of our clients come to us worried that they will never be able to upgrade their windows in a conservation area due to the council’s restrictions.
We’ve recently partnered with a property development company who were finding it a massive headache having to consistently get a company which would be able to replace windows in conservation areas. It’s now our privilege to get involved in all of these projects, with our design and tech staff enthusiastic to have the challenges of bringing the ornate and impressive window designs of the past into the modern age.
From installing brand spanking new vacuum insulated windows, which can offer the same depth as some single glazed sash and casement frames, to the simple repair of hardwood window frames which have been damaged through years of use, it’s an exciting and rewarding task to rejuvenate part of history.
It’s also a great benefit for our clients to update windows in conservation area buildings as a lot of past designs didn’t really take into consideration eco-friendliness or efficiency. What we can do now with advances in design, treatments of the wood and the glass is truly remarkable and not only helps with insulation and noise reduction, but from a property development and resellers standpoint, it adds a great deal of value to the property too.
If you’d like to know more about replacing windows in a conservation area, check out our window replacement page for conservation areas.
Image by David Hawgood