Victorian Sash window restoration in Harrogate

Victorian Sash window restoration in Harrogate

The striking bay window of a Victorian residence in Harrogate has been treated to some tender loving care by timber sash window specialists Ventrolla, restoring its dilapidated appearance back to its original beauty.

Mrs Bloomfield lives in the ground floor flat of the property and grew concerned about her ageing sashes after experiencing cold draughts coming through her windows.

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Nature Trail and gardens at Horticap

Nature Trail and gardens at Horticap

Keen to promote the importance of recycling and minimising waste, period window specialist Ventrolla has been donating its off-cuts and sawdust chippings produced by its joinery shop to support Harrogate-based charity Horticap.

Helping to stoke the centre’s wood burner throughout the winter months, the charity based in Bluecoat Wood Nurseries regularly benefits from the waste materials produced by Ventrolla, which works to heat their greenhouses.

Horticap offers support and employs individuals with learning difficulties. Staff and volunteers at the centre provide training in horticulture, craft work and rural skills such as maintaining the beautiful nature trail and gardens, woodwork and card making.

Some of the students who are supported by, and help maintain the gardens at Horticap.

Some of the students who are supported by, and help maintain the gardens at Horticap.

Joy Allan, Chairman of the Trustees of Horticap, said: “We welcome all donations and wish to thank Ventrolla for their support. Help such as this means we are able to continue our work and provide support for individuals to learn, build their confidence and develop new skills in the community.”

David Greaves, Managing Director of Ventrolla, said: “Horticap is a fantastic local charity and we are delighted to be able to help in any way we can. I would advise anyone who hasn’t been to Horticap already to visit the charming gardens or browse their shop. It is a charity well worth recognition.”

You can find out more about Horticap here.


It’s National Photo Week and here at Ventrolla we love to take snaps of the windows that we have spent time repairing and upgrading. These buildings are steeped in history and are part of our country’s rich heritage, that we are proud to help maintain.

Here are our top three photos from the past year that we would like to share with you.

Victorian Grade II listed façade of the former Royal Manchester Eye Hospital

Victorian Grade II listed façade of the former Royal Manchester Eye Hospital

Grade II listed Chester Railway Station

Grade II listed Chester Railway Station

Grade II listed, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

Grade II listed, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

You can see more of our work here.



Social-HousingSocial landlords and housing associations are facing huge challenges when it comes to maintaining publicly-owned properties.

Of the 3.3 million homes for social rent in England, around 1.5 million were built between 50 and 100 years ago, meaning many are now reaching an age where major repairs must be considered.

Not only is this putting pressure on maintenance workforces, but a clamp down on public property owners by the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA), regarding procedures and budgets, is making the maintenance process more involved.

The need for greater transparency on spending, driven by the regulator’s value for money standard, means it is becoming increasingly important to have access to services that offer quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness, with long term durability.

Christian Walker, Marketing Manager at period window specialists Ventrolla, said: “We’ve experienced an increase in enquires related to social housing, which is no surprise in light of recent reporting on the sector.”

“More and more of our customers are expressing the importance of future-proofing their homes and investing in products which will last them a lifetime. As a result, we’ve seen many opting for the reinstatement of timber sash windows to replace their ageing plastic or aluminium ones, mainly as timber windows have around three times the lifespan and can increase the value of a period property.”

“What Ventrolla can offer as a solution to this problem is a service and a product which meets the needs of not only the housing associations and landlords, but also their tenants too. As period window specialists, our products respect and retain the design and heritage of old buildings, while also improving their energy efficiency.”

With over 30 years’ experience, Ventrolla offers a nationwide bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash and casement windows as well as for timber doors.
Its unique service includes draught-proofing with the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) and fitting replacement double-glazed sashes that incorporate the patented Sash Removal System (SRS) for easy painting and maintenance.

For a FREE no-obligation survey and quotation, call free on 0800 0277 454 or visit


Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

A renowned eye hospital celebrating its bicentenary this year has been given expert help to retain its heritage by leading period window specialist Ventrolla.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital has a new modern building now but its former hospital building, a Victorian Grade II listed facade, remains on a prominent site in Oxford Road.

Citylabs, a new biomedical centre of excellence is being developed there, using both the frontage of the former Royal Eye Hospital building and a 94,000 sq ft building at the rear.

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Wilton Castle in Redcar

Wilton Castle in Redcar

Ventrolla assisted in the renovation and conversion of Wilton Castle in Redcar, North Yorkshire. Working in conjunction with the main contractor Wimpey Homes, Ventrolla renovated over 100 sash and casement windows on an ongoing basis.

- Ventrolla’s Wood Repair System VR90 was used to carry out repairs and fix scarfed in timber.

- All sashes were eased, adjusted as necessary and balanced.

- New sash cords were fitted and pulleys and hinges serviced.

- Windows were fully draught-proofed using Ventrolla’s unique Perimeter Sealing System.

- Sash windows were fitted with the Ventrolla Sash Removal System, which allows quick and easy removal of sashes internally for future maintenance.

- Aluminum trickle vents, coated in Heritage Green to match the existing windows, were installed into the top sashes to comply with British Standards.

To see more examples of Ventrolla’s timber window renovation service click here.


Grade II Listed Rudding Gates Apartments

Grade II Listed Rudding Gates Apartments

When the Grade II Listed Rudding Gates Apartments opened eight years ago, Ventrolla were called upon for their expertise in sash window renovation.

Repairs were carried out on eight windows and two doors, which included extensive timber repair and renovation, and the installation of the unique Ventrolla Sash Removal System which allows easy future painting and maintenance.

To see more examples of Ventrolla’s timber window renovation service click here.


Double Glazing for Period Timber Sash Windows

Double Glazing for Timber Sash Windows

Ventrolla’s new Double Glazing brochure gives a comprehensive insight into the range of solutions available to replace cold, draughty, single-glazed timber windows with modern double-glazing.

With rising heating bills, many homeowners are looking for ways to maximise the energy efficiency of their timber windows, whilst retaining their original look and charm.

Whether it’s replacing original single glazed sashes with new slim double glazed sashes, or alternatively manufacturing complete new double glazed timber windows, Ventrolla has the perfect solution for your property.

Ventrolla offers timber window renovation and performance upgrade services throughout the UK and Ireland. For a FREE no-obligation survey and quotation, call free on 0800 378 278 or visit