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LISTED APARTMENTS LIFTED BY STEEL WINDOWS WINDOW CONTRACT

Bermondsey-based West Leigh Ltd won the contract on Cropthorne Court in Maida Vale, the only residential building designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the famous English architect. Cropthorne Property Management, the organisation representing the residents of the 42 apartments in the building, approached the specialist steel window manufacturer to see what could be done to help resolve the planning issues which had held up the project for years.

A spokesperson for West Leigh, Paul Cox, explains: "The tenants of Cropthorne Court had been fighting for four or five years to have their window replaced, with the delay due to a number of planning issues.

"We were able to provide the authorities with detailed drawings of how the new fenestration would fit into the existing facades, offer precise information on what is achievable with respect to 'replica refurbishment' employing modern steel systems.

"A total of 555 windows, typically measuring 1300 x 1600 mm, were manufactured and installed during the contract using full scaffolding for access, while we also had to liaise with each tenant in respect of any work to be carried out inside the properties.”

John de Souza, one of Cropthorne Property Management’s board members, comments: “The contract has proceeded well and West Leigh has been working closely with us to deal with any snagging. Not only are the apartments now retaining the heat much better, the acoustics within our homes have also improved a lot. Cropthorne Court is right beside the A5 so noise had been an issue for most residents.”

The W20 steel framed windows were all hot dip galvanized and finished in a white polyester powder coat paint. They were glazed with 4-8-4 IG units containing an inner leaf of low-emissivity glass and Krypton gas filling to meet the requirements of Part L to the Building Regulations.