A complete restoration of 500 timber-framed windows authentically restored

Ecos Court is believed to date back to 1843 where its original construction served as an old union Workhouse, then afterwards Selwood Hospital prior to the building being converted into c100 modern flats in the late 1980s. The present building still maintains the original hexagonal shape construction and comprises several other housing within its grounds that is believed to belong to the gentry at that time.

DURATION

60 Weeks

LOCATION

Frome, Somerset

VALUE

£800,000

EXPERTISE

Refurbishment

SECTOR

Social Housing

As principal contractor alongside principal designer and architect’s Kendall Kingscott, the requirement was to carry out a complete overhaul of the 500+ windows that were to be sympathetically replaced and painted to a set programme as determined by the architects. Works commenced on site to a set schedule, flat by flat and with each window being removed and refurbished on site within a temporary joinery shop, set up within four shipping containers located within the grounds.

What the client wanted

The window and door renovation programme is the result of LiveWest seeking to reduce residents heating bills and making much needed health and safety repairs by refurbishing the failing single glazed, sliding sash windows with much-needed draft proofing.

How we helped

As principal contractor alongside principal designer and architect’s Kendall Kingscott, the requirement was to carry out a complete overhaul of the 500+ windows that were to be sympathetically replaced and painted to a set programme as determined by the architects. Works commenced on site to a set schedule, flat by flat and with each window being removed and refurbished on site within a temporary joinery shop, set up within four shipping containers located within the grounds.

Works commenced to a set programme, with us undertaking liaison duties and arranging access. This required windows to be removed, but with the external window frame remaining and repaired in situ including minor stonework repairs as required. A full window survey commenced prior to the work commencing and with each window being numerically referenced and listed on architects drawings to enable the same window to return to its original position.

Windows were removed from approximately three flats at the same time, with temporary Perspex infills installed while each window received its refurbishment. Removed windows were catalogued and photographed along with a written and photographic record of the work carried out to each one. With the original manufacturer of the mechanisms and aluminium gears no longer trading, a requirement was to refurbish as much of the existing mechanisms as we could and to remake the spiral balancers, gears and springs that were beyond economical repair.

Windows were carefully restored by hand by the same joiner that removed them, taking approximately 4 days turnaround to completely refurbish a set of windows, removing the rotten wood and remaking each component from Sapele Wood and contouring it to match the original profile, painting and refitting new glazing as required and cataloguing the work with an photograph of the end result.

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