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Repair; Refurb; Retrofit Preservation is key for IWP Dansk


Historical buildings symbolise British Heritage and the iconic timber sash window plays a key role in the beautiful architectural design of our period homes and landmarks.


The attention to design, traditional skills and the quality of the materials used in the manufacture of original sash windows are rarely emulated today. As such the preservation of the original window is vital to sustain our British heritage.


However, the charm of historical buildings often comes with a listed status. Buildings that pre-date the 1700s, as well as many from before 1840 will be listed, and this can pose a challenge for both homeowners and main contractors looking to restore or replace the original windows.


Any listed property homeowner will be familiar with the complexity of adhering to strict guidelines to carry out renovations and this can often pose a challenge as older buildings will inevitably require more maintenance. Even maintaining the building’s window can pose a problem. Windows play an integral role in the comfort of a home, eliminating drafts and reducing noise levels. In older buildings the wear and tear associated with age and the outside elements commonly leads to a requirement for renovation or replacement at some stage, but with listed properties this is not straight forward.


For main contractors working on large restoration projects, the complexity usually lies with an absence of understanding from sub-contractors of the regulations required to move projects forward, combined with a lack of the skills required to work with traditional window casements. Sub-contractors with experience of working on listed buildings is vital to ensuring the project can move forward seamlessly and be delivered on time.


Whether a private property or a large redevelopment project, it is imperative that the right expertise is available for the renovation of a listed building. Knowledge of regulations alongside the skilled craftsmanship required to maintain the original design is critical. IWP Dansk, leading specialists in the preservation, restoration and replacement of bespoke and heritage windows, have over 35 years’ experience of working with listed properties.


They work closely with conservation officers, architects, specifiers and local authority planning departments on behalf of their clients to ensure adherence to all regulations, removing hassle for listed buildings, from Grade 2 listed private properties to grade 1 listed lighthouses and churches.


IWP DANSK


Main picture: St Gregory’s Minster, North Yorkshire. Inset: Acklam Hall, Middlesbrough


In 2015 they completed work on one of England’s oldest churches, St Gregory’s Minster, in Kirkdale, North Yorkshire. Built in 1060, the church is steeped in history and is dedicated to St Gregory who was pope in 590-604. This Anglo- Saxon church has a rare sundial above the south door, hidden within the porch. It is well preserved owing to it having been covered by a coating of plaster for several centuries prior to 1771. IWP Dansk restored and repaired the old oak windows for this grade I listed minster.


In 2017, IWP Dansk worked to restore the original oak and dormer windows for Grade I listed Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough, as part of an extensive renovation project.


Built on the land that was mentioned in the Doomsday book, the hall and its 40 acres of grounds continued as a family home until 1928 when it was purchased by Middlesbrough Council. In 1935 the hall became a Grammar school, eventually becoming a sixth form college in 1974. In 2008, the college moved out and the ‘ghost hunters’ moved in as the Hall became a haven for paranormal investigators searching for the ‘Grey Lady’ - assumed to be Charlotte Hustler who died in childbirth and is said to stand motionless at the top of the staircase.


300 years later, the Hall opened its doors as a business and conference centre, restaurant and wedding venue. The developers were emphatic in their desire to create an attractive destination venue whilst ensuring that the whole development fully complemented the surrounding area. In addition, as a Grade I listed building, they were clear that it was essential that all alterations and improvements fully conformed to the rigid English heritage guidelines.


IWP Dansk’s many years’ experience in dealing with the stringent planning restrictions and building regulations of heritage buildings, combined with knowledge and skills of working with an ever increasing demand for retaining traditional wooden casements, especially with conservation areas, is largely unsurpassed in the industry.


TEL: 01924 220077 29


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