Trade fabricator Bison Frames has just launched an online petition on the campaigning website 38 Degrees to encourage English Heritage and local planning authorities to accept high quality period-look windows in Grade II listed building renovations and in buildings in conservation areas.
Mark Tetley, Bison’s Director, says, “Many people who live in Grade II listed buildings and conservation areas have to endure ill fitting, cold and drafty windows or suffer the cost of expensive replacement timber windows that are not energy efficient and cost far more than they need to both in the first instance and on an ongoing basis with regard to repair and maintenance. Modern, highly efficient PVCu windows can now be produced that can complement any listed building. These windows make living in a period property far more pleasant, save money and the environment and keep their well-kept period look and charm without the need for future maintenance that timber needs.”
Mark says he understands that any PVCu window used on a listed or period building needs to respect the looks and age of the property it will be used on, but explains that new window systems are more than capable of meeting this requirement. For example, Bison’s Genesis Vertical Slider offers all the period look of a traditional sliding sash window because it uses traditional timber jointing methods rather than welding. The result is a window that offers all the high thermal efficiency benefits of a PVCu window in a traditional look window. Mark says, “We worked hard on the aesthetics of the Genesis and the result is a window that has genuine period looks.”
It is clear that there is a growing awareness of the new window systems in some local planning authorities. For example, Russet Cottage, an 1830s Grade II listed building in the Beardwood area of Blackburn has just had Genesis VS windows installed with the consent of the local planning officer.
But despite this success, Mark is aware there is a long way to go to get widespread acceptance of how far today’s window systems have come. He says, “We launched the online petition to raise awareness of the benefits more widely. The more people that sign it the better so that we as an industry can help residents of period or listed properties to be able to enjoy the benefits of modern PVCu without compromising on authentic period looks.”
To join the campaign, visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/pvcu-can-suit-gradeii.