SWA member transforms The Jam Factory, Oxford with full window refurbishment

SWA member transforms The Jam Factory, Oxford with full window refurbishment

The Jam Factory in Oxford, once home to Frank Cooper’s marmalade business, now comprises over 1,000 square metres of modern office space and a separate café and art gallery. Located in the heart of the city close to Oxford train station, this Grade II-listed building has undergone impressive renovation and refurbishment work to refresh its grand appearance and create the new office space.


Member of the Steel Window AssociationCotswold Casements, has extensive experience in the repair, replacement and refurbishment of windows and was tasked with the responsibility of the fenestration. The Cotswolds-based metal window expert refurbished the windows offsite; the detailed work undertaken included a polyester finish applied to the window sections. This was an impressive project taking around a year to complete and the reinstallation of over 100 refurbished windows has created a striking result.


In keeping with the Edwardian features of this 1903 building, the steel windows in place complement the striking appeal of the red brick exterior with limestone detail. Cotswold Casements used different sections which were milled down to secure as near a match as possible to the original. The factory was originally designed by Oxford architect, Herbert Quinton, and the new developments retain the charm of building’s quintessentially early 20th century appearance.


To achieve these results Cotswold Casements worked alongside Benfield & Loxley, the highly skilled and experienced contractor. Trevor Woskett of Cotswold Casements commented praising Benfield & Loxley’s ‘acute understanding of the approach required for older buildings which certainly helps to deliver the finished item.’ This seamless collaboration has led to a finished result that all involved in the project are exceptionally pleased with.


Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the Building Regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, installation and customer service.