A private residential development, on the edge of the Cotswolds, has made striking use of W30 steel windows and doors; fabricated and installed by Moreton-in-the-Marsh-based member of the Steel Window Association, Cotswold Casements.
The beautiful new home at Great Wolford, a village at the southern tip of Warwickshire, extends an old agricultural barn in a style sensitive to its rural location, while delivering all the benefits of modern day living including, energy performance, security and sustainability.
The four bedroom, 350 square metre property has been built using local limestone beneath a roof of random reducing stone slates, while the W30 steel frames with their slender sightlines have been set into timber sub-frames produced using reclaimed oak beams.
Cotswold Casements’ package for the project included the supply of nine BFRC B energy-rated W30 windows mainly measuring 500 mm wide by 920 mm tall, powder coated in black to provide both a decorative finish and further protection over the hot dip galvanising. The windows were glazed with 4-10-4 IG units featuring soft coat Low-E glass with a warm-edge spacer bar and Krypton gas filling; giving an overall U-value of 2.0 W/m/K.
In addition, the tall entrance structures which typify old agricultural barns have been infilled with a series of 10 W20 section doors, and a further 16 W20 fixed lights, all 2100 mm high. There were also eight W20 raked lights to complete the sloping geometry of the door openings; the largest measuring 2500 mm wide by 900 mm high. These contained 4-8-4 IG units using toughened glass and Edgetech super spacer bars, again Krypton filled to optimise energy saving.
The owner and builder of the property, Mr Semenenko, commented: “Cotswold Casements has been supplying me with windows for different projects for nearly 25 years and offers a really superior service specialising in this type of heritage work. The property has been converted and extended from an old workshop using Cotswold limestone and virtually all reclaimed materials. I use steel windows because they suit the appearance of this type of property, where wood or other frames would look too heavy. “
A Director of Cotswold Casements, Trevor Woskett, added: “We have done a number of projects for Ivan, developing a good working relationship: in this case installing all of the W30 and W20 steel frames into old reworked oak beams which had been recovered from a French barn. It has been a very successful project.”