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Golden days for the Steel Window Association

It was back in 1967 during the “Summer of Love” that the Steel Window Association was born after a breakaway from the Metal Window Federation; now 50 years later, the group remains an absolutely vital tool for the UK’s steel window industry which collectively upholds the association’s constitution of

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‘Belgium doors’ from SWA members soar in popularity

Steel windows have remained an enduring element in both domestic and commercial buildings for centuries due to their slim sight-lines combined with rugged performance; yet they, like many building products, are subject to trends in styles and application.

Most recently, members of the Steel Window Association have reported a resurgence in

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W30 – the slimmest steel windows complying to current Part L building regulations

Designed for energy efficiency, W30 steel windows from Steel Window Association members are the slimmest steel options currently on the market which comply to current Part L building regulations.

For domestic applications, the W30 system is B-rated by the BFRC. Each B-rated window incorporates an 18mm double glazed

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Keeping the burglars out with steel windows

Difficult to force because of the inherent strength of their frames, steel windows are not liked by burglars. One of the best deterrents to a prospective thief is the traditional ‘cottage’ style steel window, divided into small frames, with interlocked steel glazing bars. Steel Window Association members also

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SWA member provides high performance W40 package for West London property

Govette Windows, a member of the Steel Window Association, has completed a prestigious contract on a private residential property in Shepherds Bush, London, supplying and installing a package of clever steel doors and windows fabricated using the W40 suite of sections. The scheme boasts stunning aesthetics while optimising views

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50 Shades of steel

Invented in the 1880s, and synonymous with the Art Deco era, steel-framed windows and doors are enjoying a massive style revival right now, and the trend is set to soar in 2017. ‘Flick through virtually any glossy magazine or brochure - not just those dedicated to interiors – and

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Steel Window Fittings joins respected trade organisation

Telford-based Steel Window Fittings Ltd has joined the Steel Window Association (SWA), the organisation that supports its member companies with a wide-ranging service relating to product development, market research and promotion.

The decision by Steel Window Fittings (swf) to join the UK recognised trade organisation can in part be attributed

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SWA member helps create ‘agricultural’ drawing archive

The architectural practice responsible for creating a spacious and temperature stabilised archive facility from a derelict farm building, has featured W40 steel windows and doorsets. This is a key part of the design, amongst a mix of materials chosen to offer both economy and high performance, in harmony with

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SWA member supplies stylish screen for residential extension

A long-established member of the Steel Window Association, Steel Window Services & Supplies, has worked with the owners of a North London property and their architects to produce a bespoke screen with double doors. This maximises the natural daylight entering the home while elegantly framing the view of the

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Internal steel screens reinforce contemporary aesthetic

Traditional steel window and door screens are being ‘reinvented’ by members of the Steel Window Association to meet unprecedented demand for bespoke internal glazed partitions. They are screening everything from boardrooms and wine cellars to kitchens and showers in high-end commercial and residential projects. 

Bridging the contemporary and

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Steel window refurbishment gives new life to Heal’s building

A landmark on London’s Tottenham Court Road, the Heal’s building is Grade II* listed. When it came to a major refurbishment and refit of the upper floors, Steel Window Association member, Associated Steel Window Services, was appointed to undertake the work of assessing, renovating and, where necessary, replacing

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The Compound

Big screen ‘steels’ the show

A HQ for Javelin Block, a design and build company, The Compound is a 15,000 sq. ft refurbished and reimagined former industrial building in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Central to the success of the design are steel windows and doors forming screens

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The SWA answers 9 of the most important questions surrounding steel windows

Do steel windows rust?

Modern steel windows, positively rustproofed by the hot dip galvanizing process and then polyester powder coated, together with brass and stainless steel hardware, will provide as good if not better durability than is offered by competing materials.

Do they come in a colour finish?

Steel framed glazing systems

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Steel windows add style to south London home

Creating a striking aesthetic, steel windows were chosen by a homeowner in South London to form the rear ‘walls’ of both a new basement area and ground floor extension during the year-long renovation of their 1900 house in Fulham. The windows were supplied and installed by Steel Window

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Archive film captures modernity of steel windows

With a whiff of James Bond about it, ‘Steel Windows’, a fascinating seven-minute promotional film made in 1970 by the Steel Window Association, has been digitised by the BFI and is now available to view on the BFI Player website.

A striking promo for steel window construction, ‘Steel

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Ironmongery to complete the steel window aesthetic

With their slender sections and narrow sightlines, steel windows and doors contribute architectural style and fluency to a building but the look is incomplete without the associated handles, stays and hinges. Steel Window Association members offer a wide range of bespoke ironmongery, embracing everything from items with a

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Pub style provides metal window inspiration

As part of a major refurbishment of a semi-derelict four-bedroom home and adjoining coach house, Adam and Sarah Johnson saw the opportunity to add an 83m² rear extension that includes a kitchen and open plan living area. To help create the industrial look they wanted they chose steel

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Steel screens offer an intoxicating aesthetic for wine cellars

Creating a striking contemporary look while allowing visibility and the passage of light between different areas, glazed steel partitions and doors from members of the Steel Window Association have many applications within commercial and residential buildings, including screening wine cellars.

In traditional wine cellars, the aesthetics

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Steel windows and doors bring new life to church interior

Steel windows and doors bring new life to church interior

Highly commended in the 'Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion' category of the LABC awards, Hope Church Islington St David owes some of its success to the 33 windows and doors manufactured and installed by

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Steel windows add timeless aesthetic to Victorian town house

Steel windows add timeless aesthetic to Victorian town house

As part of the refurbishment of his own Victorian town house in Primrose Hill, North London, a property developer opted to replace a large ‘wall’ of sliding aluminium doors with an impressive contemporary screen formed of three pairs of

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