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London’s Love of Steel Windows

Since the recent revision of their design, Steel Windows have proven their worth.

Most window providers on the market do not meet the same level of criteria – a replacement window that is affordable, looks very similar to the original, and doesn’t waste much energy via heat loss, as well as being condensation free and secure.

Planning authorities in the UK often recognise the importance of the preservation of original art deco styles within blocks of flats, and often look to installing steel replacement windows for this reason. Not only do these replacements preserve the old style while providing modern standards of physical security for the residents, but they’re also less than half of the cost of steel windows. It’s the best of both worlds – the classic style, with all the benefits of a modern window system.

If a building houses art-deco steel windows which date back to the 1930′s, the planning authorities would ideally prefer their residents to replace their them with the newest versions, the steel windows. Blocks with very old windows like this are nearing the point now where repair is no longer a viable option, and a total replacement window solution would be a far better choice.

The Blackheath Conservation Society have a particular interest in steel windows, since at the mouth of the village of Blackheath, there stands a landmark, a block which boasts original steel windows. The society members are particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of installing replacements to their precious landmark.

The self-proclaimed “style savvy” hotel, The Soho Hotel located between Wardour and Dean Street, has a duty to remain in-keeping with its surrounding area, and to the style of the time of its opening in 2004. This hotel opened with new steel-surround steel Windows, which are integral to the original feel of the building.

As a Grade II listed building in Hooper Street, London, The Old Pump House is of particular interest. The developers who purchased it, City North plc, found deterioration in its steel window frames, and because of the listing they needed to replace them like for like. The option they chose to go with was the more modern steel windows, which were worked into their restoration plan. This meant that the building retained it’s periodic look, remained in-keeping with the requirements of its listing, and enjoyed greatly improved energy efficiency.

In Westminster, the heart of London, the fashion house Burberry’s purpose designed headquarters cover all eight stories of a structure that was built in the 1930′s. The timeless look of their building had to be preserved during a recent renovation, including its steel windows. The result was, as always, as stylish as it was classic.

A gorgeous office refurbishment in East Central London boasts impressive Portland Stone as well as classic steel windows. In elegant contrast to the smooth stone surfaces, the metal frames of the windows have proven an irreplaceable feature which both blends the building into the city backdrop, while maintaining it’s originality.

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