A trade fabricator with of one of the widest ranges of windows, doors, sealed units and conservatories in the UK, has completed a window replacement project at the Leverington Primary Academy in a conservation area in Wisbech.
This project provided Tradelink with an interesting challenge because it needed to ensure all parties, including the head teacher and property manager at Cambridgeshire County Council and the planning officer and conservation officer at Fenland District Council, were happy with the completed project, each with their own slightly different priorities.
“The head teacher had budget restraints to consider, while the property manager needed the new windows to meet required standards and achieve a high level of workmanship to complement the building and its environment,” explained Mike Connors, Commercial Sales Manager, Tradelink. “The planning officer, while not within his normal remit, was careful to ensure any conservation rulings were upheld and the conservation officer needed the original conservation features to be restored.”
The school windows had already been replaced with timber casements back in the 1970s, but evidence, via an old photograph, showed the original features and design looked quite different. Working closely with all parties, Tradelink managed to match the original fenestration design with the help of a local joinery workshop, Betts & Son, which manufactured the original material to exact sectional dimensions. The traditional aesthetics were achieved but the windows also incorporated the high performance Heatguard sealed units and modern friction hinges, all within the school’s budget and delivered on time.
The installation was also completed within the agreed timescale by NVQ qualified installers in line with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.
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