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W30 steel windows play key role in restoring ‘Shakespeare house’

W30 steel windows play key role in restoring ‘Shakespeare house’

The painstaking restoration of a large residential property in Stratford-upon-Avon, that has links to the town’s Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, has involved a long-established member of the Steel Window Association, Cotswold Casements, playing a lead role in replacing all of the badly deteriorated original fenestration.

The new owners, Mr and Mrs Carr-Smith, faced a challenge when they purchased the seven bedroom house a decade ago and were forced to undertake the restoration in phases. During the course of the work they gained access to the original plans of the building, as well as insights into its history.

Now, fully refurbished and with a two storey extension added at the front, the house is not only enjoyed by the occupants, but also admired by its neighbours who had watched it slide into disrepair over a 20 year period. 

As well as offering an elegant appearance in keeping with the 1920’s styling, the W30 frames manufactured and installed by, Moreton-in-Marsh based, Cotswold Casements offer dramatically improved energy performance. Factory finished in a RAL 7021 powder coat, the frames contain 4-10-4 Krypton filled units featuring soft coat Low-E glass for the inner leaf, and low iron glass for the outer.

Louise Carr-Smith commented, “When we first bought the house it had stood empty for most of the previous 20 years and was in very poor condition, while all of the old steel windows – some with square leaded lights, and some diagonal – had either bowed convex or concave through rusting. It was not a very warm house.”

“Carried out in phases, we worked very well with Cotswold Casements, through several changes in personnel at the company and a lot of alterations to window openings; plus the construction of an extension which created a new entrance hall and a room above. This structure includes a round window, designed by myself and my husband, and created by Cotswold Casements. They also undertook all of the alterations and repairs to the window openings or reveals.”

Not only did the couple discover that their home had been built in 1929 by a member of the Flowers brewing family who had helped fund construction of the RSC, when they gained access to the original drawings from a local archive, they realised their restoration was actually taking the property back to what is described as the ‘Twenties Hollywood’ style.

While offering similarly slim sightlines to the classic Universal Suite of sections, the W30 profiles used to produce the 22 window frames for the Stratford house are fully compliant with the latest version of Part L to the Building Regulations. The circular window features the use of curved Heritage bars, while Cotswold Casements’ package also included two sets of double doors and a single door with side screens produced using W20 profiles.