When Christchurch Primary School in Ilford, London, recognized the need to refurbish a significant portion of its historic building, it was evident that the project required a meticulous attention to detail and commitment to preserving the architectural heritage. The challenge? Modernizing the windows without sacrificing the unique, period-specific charm of the school – all while improving thermal efficiency.
Timbertherm Windows, renowned for its bespoke window solutions, took on the task and delivered exceptional results.
Christchurch Primary School is nestled within a conservation area. This designation meant that any replacements had to be a like-for-like match, ensuring that the school’s façade maintained its historical integrity. The school previously had single-glazed windows which, while adding to its vintage appeal, contributed to reduced thermal efficiency and discomfort during colder months.
Timbertherm Windows proposed a bespoke solution that involved:
1. Custom Design: A third of the building was to receive bespoke timber casement and sash windows. These windows were specifically designed with arches and were adorned with decorative mouldings, catering to the unique requirements of the project.
2. Period-Specific Attention: The design team at Timbertherm ensured that each window mirrored the period-specific design, maintaining the historical integrity of the school.
3. Modern Double-Glazing: Despite the need for period-specific designs, Timbertherm introduced double-glazing to replace the older single-glazed windows. This upgrade was crucial in dramatically increasing the thermal efficiency of the school.
Post-installation, the school noticed a significant increase in warmth, making the environment more conducive for learning, especially during the colder months. Furthermore, the new windows not only adhered to the conservation area’s strict regulations but also added a touch of elegance to the school’s façade, melding the best of the old with the convenience of the new.
Stakeholders and Community Impact
The refurbishment project was funded by Redbridge Council, highlighting the council’s commitment to preserving local heritage while ensuring the welfare and comfort of its students.
By choosing Timbertherm Windows, Christchurch Primary School has made a significant contribution to the community. The project stands as a testament to the school’s dedication to providing an optimal learning environment for its students while maintaining its historical significance and architectural integrity.
Timbertherm Windows’ successful collaboration with Christchurch Primary School underscores the company’s capability in handling projects that require a blend of traditional aesthetics and modern functionality. This project not only showcases Timbertherm’s prowess in bespoke window solutions but also emphasizes the importance of preserving heritage in contemporary renovations. The children and broader community of Ilford, London, now enjoy a warmer school environment that remains true to its historic roots.
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