Glazing on historic buildings and Grade 1 and 2 properties is an everyday task for our firm.
Recent projects include :
In summer 2005 the final stages of the mammoth renovation project of Stowe House was completed with the renovation of the south front. We were commissioned by the Linford-Bridgeman Group to contribute our expertise.
In addition to several glazing repairs on the huge sash windows in the State Rooms and elsewhere, we sourced and installed very special glass for two new sets of doors either side of the steps.
This glass comprised old fashioned hand made cylinder glass with all the 'ripples' and imperfections which give historic buildings their characteristic look, laminated to a pane of clear float glass. The combination meets modern standards for safety glass. The glass panes were installed using a modern version of linseed putty.
The early 18th century Methodist Chapel in Weston, Northants was completely refurbished and extended.
We were commissioned directly by the architects to carry out all the external re-glazing works and to supply and install an internal vestibule comprising a natural beechwood frame containing 8mm toughened glass side panels, curved over panel and glass doors fitted with hydraulically controlled automatic closers and patch fittings. The result is a visually stunning addition to a historic building.
Horton Methodist Chapel:
This building is a delightful example of a small village chapel whose maintenance depends entirely on funds provided by its congregation. The six large side windows each comprise many individual panels. Over the years, the leadwork had deteriorated and made individual repairs too costly.
In spring 2005, we removed all the old glass and made for each window 7 panels of 6.4mm thick laminated safety glass each with diamond pattern antique leadwork on both sides of the pane.
Careful measurements and patterns had to be made to ensure that the diamond leadwork of each panel was exactly aligned with the panel above it.
Claydon House, Buckinghamshire:
Claydon House, Middle Claydon, has been the home of the Verney family for over 400 years. Whilst the main house was given to the National Trust some years ago, several buildings of architectural importance in the estate remain within family ownership.
This large early Victorian metal-framed greenhouse, built against a long garden wall was originally at least twice its current size. The only comparable buildings are the greenhouses at Tyntsfield House near Bristol. The structure comprises vertical cast iron strut frame with 1/4 inch diameter circular horizontal stringer rods.
During summer 2004, once the original structure had been stripped, cleaned and repainted, we reglazed the entire structure using many hundreds of individually cut panes of 3mm horticultural glass.
Each pane was attached to the stringer rods using special clips which ensure that the top of the bottom pane lies behind the edge of the next pane above.
The task of glazing the greenhouse with exactly the same methods it's early 19th century builders used, took 20 man days.
Piece Hall, Halifax, Yorkshire:
16 'walk-on' light well covers as part of the restoration of the Grade 1 listed Piece Hall, in Halifax Yorkshire