| GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL
There has been worship on the site of Gloucester Cathedral
for over 1300 years, and the present building is one of the
finest examples of Cathedral architecture in Britain. The
materials and craftsmanship on the exterior of the building
are of significant historical value.
We have been involved in on-going works on Gloucester Cathedral
for several years, supplying and fitting all new window protection
to our 'Tech3' specification.
We have protected a diverse range of prestigious windows,
ensuring a minimal visual impact to their internal and external
Any detrimental effects to the fabric of the building have
been carefully avoided, with all work being classed as 'reversible'.
All our work on the Cathedral has been self contained, ensuring
minimal disruption and cost.
Ealing abbey is a small but thriving monastic community in
West London. In October 1995, building work to complete the
abbey church commenced. The biggest challenge to the architect
(Sir William Whitfield) was to harmonise the extension with
the existing building.
We supplied and fixed seven large stained glass windows and
six large leaded lights, all of which incorporated opening
lights and special ferramenta to meet exacting standards.
Four frames and templates for large Gothic-style acoustic
screens were also supplied and fitted. All screens were glazed
in one piece with glass weighing 400 kilos/sheet.
The timber framed extension that enclosed the cloisters was
constructed from green oak - a natural component subject to
significant movement. The many and highly specified window
frames, screens and doors that we supplied had to accommodate
for this, and we designed a modified fixing method accordingly.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH IN CROWBOROUGH
At Crowborough we supplied and installed a diverse range
of products. A large number of 'classical' metal windows and
doors were fitted to a high specification, complete with a
distinctive glass. The style of craftsmanship and combination
of materials gave the features the 'handmade' antique appearance
that the architect (Lee Evans de Moubray) required.
It was a requirement of the project that the large apse window
was glazed with traditional leaded lights. We completed this
task in such a way as to ensure the easy installation of stained
glass at a later date.
Finally, we crafted and fitted a 3 metre square lantern complete
with a 2.5 metre gold leafed cross that sits on the apex of
OUR LADY OF VICTORIES CHURCH, DUNDEE
This extensive project involved the installation and protection
of a large 2001 anniversary window designed by stained glass
artist Tony Naylor, along with the installation of 12 aisle
Working with Tony, we removed all the existing glass from
the main west window and primed the large metal frame in preparation
for glazing. We then installed weather protection in the form
of high grade polycarbonate sheeting fixed to vented stainless
The twelve existing aisle windows were removed and re-glazed
with new stained glass windows.
Working as part of a self-contained team we ensured minimal
disruption to the activity of the church, and completed the
work within a week.
ST MARTIN'S CHURCH, BULLRING, BIRMINGHAM
St Martin's Church lies at the heart of the massive Bullring
re-development scheme, recently completed in Birmingham City
We supplied and fitted window protection to our specification
'Tech3' to all the windows on the old church, including a
fine example of a Burne-Jones design, installed by William
Morris. The architect (APEC) required that this window be
robustly protected throughout the course of the project, with
no detrimental effects to the fabric of the building. We provided
a solution by fitting high grade polycarbonate sheeting fixed
to a wooden sub-frame, wedged into the main lights and tracery
shapes. When the scaffolding was dismantled we removed this
temporary protection and fitted stainless steel grilles consistent
with the other windows on the church.
On the main east and west windows, we solved the problem
of bird debris by fitting our anti-roosting wires within all
tracery shapes. These wires are compatible with our window
guards and can be added or removed to suit. They are visually
unobtrusive and cannot be seen from the ground.
ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WHITMORE, STAFFS
The weather vane at St Mary and All Saints Church was
in need of major restoration. The directionals were degraded
('East' had disappeared altogether), the leaf decorations
were highly degraded, much of the iron was badly corroded
and the ornament was warped and had lost its gold leaf.
Carrying out the majority of our work in situ, we first removed
all corroded material and old gold leaf down to a solid surface.
This was then coated with an industrial primer and finished
with high quality maintenance paint. The leaf decorations
were also repaired and gold leafed in situ.
The ornament and directionals were removed and exact stainless
steel copies were crafted in our workshop. They were then
gold leafed and re-fitted.
The architect (Horsley Huber and Associates) was thrilled
with the result.