Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
The building has recently undergone external refurbishment designed to maintain and enhance its visual appeal while at the same time updating its thermal and environmental performance to meet today's standards.
The existing windows were original single glazed Crittall medium Universal profiles and the Kent County Council's conservation department specified a complete like-for-like replacement. According to Allan Cox, conservation architect responsible for the specification, the decision to retain the same company that manufactured the original was twofold.
"We wanted enhanced performance from the windows," he explained. "Thermally and
acoustically, the profiles had to meet the demands of contemporary legislation but at the same time, there was a keen aesthetic appreciation of the product, in keeping with the history and character of Sessions House. Crittall windows fitted the bill perfectly." The specification took into consideration weather tightness and reduced maintenance costs, and with over 100 years experience in the fenestration market, Crittall recommended its Corporate W20 profiles as the ideal solution. Combining strength with minimal sightlines, the profiles are unobtrusive yet highly efficient and match the originals in terms of style and appearance.
"As headquarters of the local county council, the building is a dominant and important landmark in Maidstone," continued Allan Cox. "The window replacement scheme, which was undertaken in two phases, has rejuvenated the appearance of the structure without compromising or detracting from the original architectural style and we are delighted with our new energy efficient window system."
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Physical performance for the replacement fenestration was put on a par with sympathetic styling by the project team responsible for the conversion of a former Royal Mail building in the heart of London; seeking to create residential accommodation as well as a contemporary design studio with a light and comfortable working environment.
Howick Place in Westminster dates from 1894 and had served as a sorting office until developer, Fabbriche & Ceramiche, purchased the property. The painstaking refurbishment of the premises, led by Squire and Partners, involved Crittall Ltd in supplying some 200 of its Corporate 2000 windows under a sub-contract package for ISG Interior & Exterior Plc.
Crittall worked in close cooperation with both the main contractor and the architectural consultants to ensure its high performance steel framed units met the project’s wide ranging requirements; including planning conditions, thermal performance and physical security.
The project architect at Squire and Partners commented: “I have used Crittall on other contracts in the past and knew they would be one of the few companies able to supply the profile required to match the original fenestration in this building. We also required a high specification in terms of thermal performance and Crittall therefore supplied argon filled 28 mm units to match the requirements of the Building Regulations.
“In terms of the design support the manufacturer’s technical representatives responded well when coming back to us with information and possible solutions. This was a major project and the spaces created are very bright and attractive, with the slim window profile offering the maximum transmission.”
The majority of the windows supplied for Howick Place are of the side-hung, open in configuration and were finished in anthracite grey polyester powder coat paint over the galvanised corrosion protection. The sealed units feature a 6.4 mm thick clear laminated inner pane with low-E coating, separated from a 6 mm clear toughened outer pane by the 16 mm gas filled cavity
Saturday, 29 January 2011
95 Gresham Street is a gem in the heart of the City of London. The £35 million refurbishment of the site makes extensive and impressive use of glass and steel to contrast with the existing external facade of Portland Stone. And for the glazing element, Crittall Windows supplied and installed its Corporate 2000 and W20 profiles for optimum visual impact and long lasting performance.
The original structure has been redesigned to offer eight floors and 95,000 sq ft of office space, with a brand new atria created as a main focal point at the entrance. The installation of the new windows was a like-for-like replacement, with the Crittall profiles helping to retain the character and traditional appearance of the external facade, whilst at the same time providing modern, advanced glazed units that comply with all thermal and energy efficient requirements.
Crittall’s involvement extended beyond just supplying the profiles, as architect, George Corrigan of architects, Rolfe Judd explained. “95 Gresham Street actually comprises both Princes House and Bartlett House,” he said. “One of the tasks that Crittall Windows was faced with was to refurbish the cast iron framing and panels to some of the fenestration in Bartlett House prior to installing the new profiles. This was done successfully, with the rest of the replacement window project completed on time and to the standards required for this conservation area. Crittall’s ability to offer this complementary service greatly contributed to the smooth progression of the scheme.”
The modernisation of 95 Gresham Street has now been completed and the result is a complete transformation of the site into modern, contemporary office space located behind a retained facade that continues to blend into the urban surroundings. Crittall’s range of windows has allowed this to be achieved due to the trademark narrow slimline profiles, which allow more glass to be used in an aesthetic capacity without compromising the inherent strength and performance of the windows. Moreover, the unobtrusive appearance of the profiles allows the architectural value of the original structure to be clearly visible by all those who pass by in the City.