The manufacture of replica period casements are carried out in consultation with the client; the requirements can vary from producing a suitable period window to maintain the aesthetics of a building to producing an exact replica of an original using the same processes of that period.
An example of this is when we were required to make replica windows for the stable block at Keddlestone Hall for the National Trust; these windows were 400 years old and were metal windows with dovetail joints rather than forging.
Recent projects include replicated Hopper windows made as replacements for Westminster Abbey and very ornate glazing armatures for Harrods in London, where columns, cornices and plinths had to be machined to match original cast iron detailing.
After consultation and agreement on the window to be replicated, the hardest part for us is to source the materials required for the sections of the frame. In the past many of these sections were commercially available. However, today none of these sections can be sought unless we have large quantities extruded for us. In most cases we would machine the sections ourselves out of solid bar to match the original. Once we have all the sections of the material we decide on the process of manufacture. This can be either by using the latest welding technology or by using the traditional methods of the period. All the windows go through the same process as restoration with future corrosion prevention, paint finishing and glazing.
Replica and restored windows which needed consultation and approval with Historic Scotland on this listed building on the 1st tee of Muirfield golf course.
The replacement of all the front elevation windows, the windows were designed to be as close to the original as possible whilst meeting the modern requirements of the school, consultation was undertaken with the Southdowns National Park and historians in order to provide a suitable solution on the prestigious listed building.
The restoration and replica replacement of metal casement windows on one of the most prestigious restoration projects carried out in the UK in recent years.
There is a small update for Strawberry Hill, you may be aware that the first phase of work has been awarded a Europa Nostra laureate. See here.
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