Managing the remodel of a historic building is never simple, especially if it remains occupied. So when the Gibraltar Embassy in London, UK needed to replace its double-hung windows, it looked to Andersen UK distributor Black Millwork for some help. The four-story town house in the heart of London’s West End, had 22 windows that needed replacing.
There were many logistical considerations with this historic building in a busy section of town. The windows couldn’t compromise on looks or performance, and the construction work needed to minimize disruption to both the Government of Gilbratar’s staff working in the building as well as the street traffic just a step outside the Embassy’ entrance.
Black Millwork recommended using Andersen® Woodwright® insert windows for the project. The Woodwright insert window allowed installers to leave the outer frame completely intact and just replace the inner sash – a critical choice to preserve the original design around the window openings. Because of this straightforward installation technique, it took just two days to install all 22 inserts and work could be completed from inside the building. Had the windows been fully replaced, it could have taken closer to three weeks to complete the installation project.
Andrew Bell, the lead designer on the project from Allen-Bell Architects said to Building Products, UK, magazine that “by removing the time to put up and tear down scaffolding, the project was completed significantly faster than most standard window replacements… It was also reassuring that we specified sustainable windows that contribute to the environmental aims of the Embassy.”
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