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VENTROLLA GET SNAP HAPPY!

Fancy yourself as the next Ansel Adams? Well it’s National Photo Week this week (2nd to 8th July) and to celebrate Ventrolla is showing off the best shots it’s collected from the last quarter of a century.

The window restoration champion has been renovating timber sash windows and casement windows in many of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes for nearly 30 years, so as you can imagine there is now quite the collection of snaps featuring picturesque period properties and their spectacular landscaped gardens.St Leonards Hospital

Ventrolla is showcasing this stunning selection of images on their Flickr show reel for fellow architecture enthusiasts to enjoy.

Within this selection is the St Leonards Hospital, Hackney. A beautiful Edwardian building whose 160 sash windows were in desperate need of repair. Thankfully, Ventrolla London Commercial stepped in to give the sash windows a new lease of life and have the photos to prove it!

Dunsley HouseAlso featured in the show reel is Dunsley House, located in South Staffordshire. Once again the renovation experts helped restore this Georgian property to its former glory in 2011 by installing its unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS).

To see the complete picture collection, visit Ventrolla’s Flickr show reel or if you have any beautiful shots of your period home or interesting architectural images you would like to share, please feel free to upload them to the Ventrolla Facebook page.

Ventrolla would love to see your work!

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THERES FOUR IN A BED AND THE LITTLE ONE SAID… ‘WHAT’S THAT DRAUGHT?’

Not being able to sleep can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’ve paid to stay in a luxurious B&B. It’s even more frustrating when it’s not your fault you can’t sleep; it’s down to a draughty sash window!

That’s exactly what happened in the recent episode of ‘Four in a Bed’. Aired on More4, the programme sees four B&B owners take it in turns to stay a night at each other’s establishments and mark them out of ten. In series 2, episode 14 we meet Annette, proud owner of Hazelwood Farm, a beautiful B&B of the upmost quality and luxury bar one minor detail – those troublesome sash windows. And it’s for this reason she loses the competition!

When fellow B&B owners, Peter and Sharon, enter their room at Hazelwood Farm, Peter is most putout to find that the seemingly charming sash window is too stiff to open or shut freely. He complains “the windows are dangerous in this room”, with his wife nodding in agreement asserting “they are a fire hazard”.

But the drama didn’t end there. After being interviewed the next morning on how they slept, the response from Peter was “my night was completely and absolutely ruined”. The reason for his disturbed night is anything but romantic. Peter continues to explain how the wind “howled” through the gaps of the sash window. The couple agree to award Hazelwood farm a disappointing score out of 10 for their nights rest, and one that mirrors the number of hours sleep they managed to get that night: a mere 3.

If Annette had tackled this issue earlier, it wouldn’t have made her guests stay so uncomfortable.

A simple renovation and upgrade is all the window needs to resolve the issue, a service sash window experts Ventrolla specialise in. The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System tackles draughts and rattles by sealing all gaps around the sashes whilst still allowing for smooth operation.

With over 25 years experience, Ventrolla’s portfolio of work includes a variety of B&B’s that have received the restoration treatment from the experts, including Jerichos at the Waverley in Windermere (pictured right) and Tosson Tower Farm in Rothbury, Northumberland. Both projects included the renovation of timber sash windows to improve their general state and the comfort of the guests.

Chris Blaydes, Proprietor and Head Chef for Jerichos said: “Although the sash windows were in good condition, the gap around the frame caused draughts and rattles. It is not acceptable to have guests staying in rooms with noisy windows.

I am very happy with the completed work. The sash windows no longer rattle and I can’t wait to see the difference the newly sealed windows have made in reducing heat loss when the winter comes.

The work was carried out while guests were staying in the bed and breakfast, but Ventrolla completed the restoration project with limited disruption.”

In addition, John Foggin of Tosson Tower Farm said: “Having our timber windows renovated by Ventrolla has made such a difference. We can now open all the top and bottom windows in the guest bedrooms. My wife, Ann, has noticed such a difference as she can fully open the windows as she cleans the rooms and they get plenty of fresh air between guest bookings.”

So, following Annette’s missed window of opportunity to clinch the ‘Four in a Bed’ title, Ventrolla is encouraging all B&B owners to learn from her experience and take on those sash windows!

Read more about the Ventrolla sash and casement window renovation service - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/

Take a look at Ventrolla’s latest case studies - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/about/case_studies/

See Annette’s episode of “Four in a Bed” on Channel 4http://www.channel4.com/programmes/four-in-a-bed/4od#3278914

TREAT YOUR DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY, THANKS TO VENTROLLA!

Ventrolla Father's Day Facebook CompetitionHe’s there to help you learn to ride a bike, support you with your homework, advise on buying your first car and responsible for embarrassing you at any given opportunity. It couldn’t be anyone else but your Dad.

So there is no better time to celebrate everything Dad’s do than on Father’s Day this year, on 17th June. 

To help you make it that extra special, Ventrolla, the sash window renovation specialist, is giving you the chance to win your Dad a hamper of 12 bottles of wine from the Laithwaites Summer collection.

All you need to do is visit the competition on Ventrollas Facebook Page and complete the following sentence:

‘My Dad deserves a wine hamper because…’

Firstly, make sure you’re a fan of the page and then click on the competition tab. This will direct you to a comments box where you submit your completed sentence – the more creative the better!

Fans will then vote for their favourite entry by ‘liking’ the comments, so make sure you encourage your friends and family to help you out. The entry with the most ‘likes’ wins the wine hamper, worth £89.99! 

Just as Ventrolla treats each sash window or casement window they renovate individually, Dad’s should be looked after the same way – So if you know your Dad would love to be sampling fine wines from around the world, make sure you get your entry in NOW!

Visit the Ventrolla Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/Ventrolla

Enter the competition here - https://www.facebook.com/Ventrolla#!/Ventrolla/app_154272794636138

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BEST OF BRITISH!

Ventrolla: Best of British: Diamond Jubilee Year

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics nearly upon us, we not only have an extra bank holiday to be grateful for but centuries of British heritage that makes us the envy of other nations.

Has there ever been a better opportunity to celebrate the Best of Britain?

If you are the owner of a quintessentially British period home, this summer is the perfect occasion to join the celebrations by preserving your own piece of our built heritage.

Sash windows have been a key architectural element of British buildings since the early seventeenth century. The glass panes and wooden frames of your sash windows have spanned over 400 years of British history. It is important to preserve these traditional features that bring British heritage into the contemporary home and emit an abundance of character and British charm.

Maintaining these features of your home has never been so simple with Ventrolla’s free, no obligation survey and quotation for sash window renovation and performance upgrade, which individually assesses each timber window with the objective to retain as much of the originals as possible, wherever economically possible.

Many think that the only solution to rotten, draughty and rattily old windows is to replace them, but this isn’t usually necessary since timber sash windows and casement windows are often perceived to be in much worse condition than they actually are.

With over 25 years worth of experience, Ventrolla installs its unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) Weatherfin Pile, which is manufactured in Britain and upgrades the windows performance by eliminating draughts, rattles and helping to reduce external noise. New joinery, such as new sashes, slim double glazed sashes, or window sills can form part of the quotation too – all of which are also manufactured in Britain.

Having been established nearly 30 years with a network of offices and workshops throughout Britain, and all work covered by a 5 year guarantee, you can be sure of a sash window renovation service of the highest of standards from Ventrolla– a service fit for the Queen herself.

Happy Anniversary Your Majesty!

Read more about the Ventrolla timber window renovation services here - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/

Take a look at the staff at Ventrolla HQ getting into the spirit of the Jubilee on our Flickr page! - http://www.flickr.com/photos/8427154@N07/sets/72157629994690908/show/

PRIORITY SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME UNVEILS LIST OF 261

University College School Senior School

University College School Senior School

It has been widely reported this week that the Government has confirmed the full list of 261 schools that will be rebuilt or revamped under the Priority School Building Programme.

The value of this programme has been set at £2.4 billion and replaces the Building Schools for the Future initiative.

42 schools deemed in the worst condition will commence work immediately at a value of £400 million, funded by capital grants rather than the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, revealed in a written ministerial statement that 587 schools applied to the programme with the final 261 being successful.

He said “Officials have written to all schools who applied for the programme to confirm whether their application has been successful. Work will begin immediately and the first schools will be open in 2014.

I recognise that many of the schools that applied to the PSBP and have been unsuccessful will also have significant condition needs. Some of those will have their needs addressed through the other funding we have made available for maintenance.”

This is a welcome move say Ventrolla, the sash window renovation experts, who have worked on many education establishments since they formed in 1983, helping to retain original timber windows and maintain established building stock within the education sector.

Ventrolla’s recent education projects include Central Newcastle High School, Sheffield University Sir Frederick Mapping Building, Wolverhampton Grammar School, University College School Senior School (pictured right) and Plymouth High School for Girls, to name a few, whereby Ventrolla were called upon to renovate the timber sash and casement windows in these buildings.

Alan Bell, Sales and Marketing Director for Ventrolla, said “We’ve worked on some fantastic education projects over the years, and hope to be involved in some way in the development of the schools on this list. We have a lot of experience of working with Schools and Universities, and have worked round many timetables and school holidays to be able to play a part in retaining some beautiful buildings.”

Mr Gove went on to explain in his statement that the funding had been found through savings in the department on construction and procurement, saying “This limited capital funding has become available by taking a more disciplined approach to managing my Department’s capital budgets.

Savings have been made by driving down the cost of new schools, shortening procurement times and challenging contractors to look for savings in all areas. These savings mean that more schools will benefit from the programme.

We are determined to reduce the wasteful processes of the past. That is why we have developed new baseline designs which will speed up the process and increase efficiencies and we are reducing the regulations and guidance governing school premises. This will encourage lower-cost build processes to be designed-in from the start.”

Others commenting on the Governments introduction of the programme include Cllr David Simmonds, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, who said “This funding will go some way to addressing the problems facing some of our most dilapidated schools. But we are still in a situation where more than 300 run-down schools have been left in limbo after lengthy delays in government decision making.”

Ventrolla fully supports the iniciative – championing renovation wherever possible in the development of existing buildings, helping to reduce project costs…And if it’s for the benefit of young children in education then even better!

 

See the full list of schools with funding here - http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/p/priority%20schools%20building%20programme%20list.pdf

Take a look at Ventrolla’s recent case studies here - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/about/case_studies/

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TAKE ACTION AGAINST NOISE WITH VENTROLLA!

noise action weekHear! Hear! It’s Noise Action Week across the UK and Ventrolla is here to (quietly) sing its praises.

Noise Action Week is aimed to raise awareness of the negative impact that excessive noise can have on individuals and communities, and so it seems the perfect time to mention how Ventrolla’s services can reduce the external noises that may impinge on the peace and privacy of a period home.

If you’re fed up of those noisy neighbours, the hum of traffic, the screeches and scurries of boisterous wildlife, the howling winds or the rattles ringing from your sash windows, listen to this… The services that Ventrolla provide could improve the soundproofing of your windows.
Should you have gaps causing rattles and draughts around your existing sash windows, our unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) can be installed to provide a weather seal. As well as eliminating draughts and rattles it also, as an added benefit, reduces environmental noise.

Ventrolla Noise Reduction Comparison Tests

Ventrolla Noise Reduction Comparison Tests

To explain – sliding sash windows normally require at least a 3mm gap around the sashes in order to slide past each other properly. In an average sized window of 1.2m x 1.8m, the aggregate gap area would be 15cm x 15cm, amounting to 1% of the total area of the window. The Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) eliminates this air gap and, under live tests, achieved a noise reduction in the 6 – 10dB range, which in acoustic terms is deemed ‘significant’.

However, whilst VPSS can provide a positive impact on noise reduction, this should be viewed as an added benefit rather than as a solution to external noise. For such problems, secondary glazing should be considered, which you’ll be pleased to know Ventrolla can also help with.

By installing secondary glazing to sit in front of your primary window internally, you can achieve a much better reduction in noise.

Recent Ventrolla customers have also commented on the sound reduction benefits of their renovated windows.

Mr Pearson of Chapel House in Ormskirk, Lancashire, said: “The timber itself was generally in pretty good condition, but we couldn’t open many of the sash windows because they had been painted shut. Ventrolla was able to free up the mechanisms and then draught proof the sash windows effectively in order to reduce the amount of external noise. The house is near a main road and since the repairs we hardly notice any traffic noise at all.”

These sentiments were also echoed by Wayne Bass, Building Manager for Coleherne Court Maintenance Fund in South West London: “Our priority in all we do is maintaining the original features of the buildings. Ventrolla gave us the perfect solution when it came to updating our sash windows and we have noticed a definite reduction in noise and draughts.”

The action against noise begins at home. If your sash windows are keeping you up at night don’t just lie in bed and grumble. Take action against noise and make use of Ventrolla’s free, no obligation survey and quotation- it could be your solution to a quieter life.

Read more about noise reduction with the Ventrolla system http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/services/technical_information/noise_reduction/

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79% OF UNIVERSITIES TO START MAJOR BUILDING PROJECTS BY NEXT YEAR

Ventrolla Sash Window Renovation at Plymouth High School for Girls

Ventrolla Sash Window Renovation at Plymouth High School for Girls

Nearly eight in ten universities will undertake a major construction project within the next year, according to research from contractor Wates, and as reported by Construction News this month.

The survey of 52 senior estates staff at universities found 79 per cent would start a major construction project worth £5m or more this year or next, with the more popular types of projects being improvements to teaching areas, research facilities and student accommodation.

These plans have come into play since it was announced that student course fees will increase from September 2012. Over two thirds of the survey respondents said they were making the changes to attract more international or postgraduate students.

Universities Lead at Wates Construction, Ian Vickers, said: “Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying. In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow’ factor while also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.”

In addition, over a third (38%) thought that they were not making efficient use of space, thus providing scope for further conversions and renovation of existing university properties.

In recent times, Ventrolla has experienced an influx in education establishment renovation projects, whereby sash or timber window renovation has been required to improve energy efficiency, correct operational issues and/or for aesthetic reasons in order to improve the general look of the building.

These recent Ventrolla sash window renovation case studies include Sheffield University (Sir Fredrick Mapping Building), University College School in Hampstead, Plymouth High School for Girls and Central Newcastle High School.

Alan Bell, Sales and Marketing Director for Ventrolla, said “We’ve seen a recent rise in window renovation enquiries from education establishments - namely universities wanting to improve the standard of their teaching and accommodation facilities. This is great news for our built heritage, as many universities throughout the UK and Ireland occupy listed buildings.”

Ian Vickers of Wates Construction, added “Our survey shows that universities cannot, and will not, stand still. With the market becoming more competitive and international, estates directors need to do more for less. If the UK is to remain a world-leader in higher education at a time of constrained funding, innovative solutions will be required to extract the maximum possible value from new and existing assets.”

It would seem that, in time, the phrase ‘student accommodation’ may no longer have the same connotation for people as it once did!

 Read more about Ventrolla’s recent case studies - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/about/case_studies/

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SAVE OUR SASHES!

Save our sash windows! By VentrollaIn last months Budget announcement, it was proposed to dispose of the zero VAT rate for listed properties as from October 2012 – increasing the cost of development and maintenance in listed buildings and putting the future of our listed heritage at risk – and thus their timber sash windows!

In outrage, The Heritage Alliance have launched their “NO Campaign” and are urging people to sign up to the online government petition to show your support!

Read more about the changes and Ventrolla’s stance on our website.

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UPDATE ON RULES RELATING TO ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES

Significant changes in the requirements for delivering EPCs will come into effect from 6th April 2012, as reported by RICS today. 

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required when any building is sold, rented out or constructed, and sometimes after refurbishment work. They give information on a building’s energy efficiency in a sliding scale from ‘A’ (very efficient) to ‘G’ (least efficient), as well as provide a report setting out how the rating could be improved. 

The key change to the update is the requirement to include the full first page of the EPC to all particulars for the sale or letting of all properties, both residential and commercial. It is no longer sufficient to just simply include the rating graph within the body of the particulars.

RICS members can download a helpful guide detailing the amendments to the current requirements online.

Recommendations for improvement contained in an EPC will continue to be categorised into ‘Low Cost’, ‘Higher Cost’ and ‘Further Measures’, based upon their capital cost, environmental benefit and energy payback period.

It is important to remember that, due to the high cost and 100 year payback period, uPVC (i.e. plastic) double glazing is categorised in ‘Further Measures’, therefore renovating existing timber sash windows or casement windows can be a much more cost-effective energy-saving option for homeowners.

‘Low Cost’ measures (up to £500 cost) include cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and low energy lighting, whilst ‘High Cost’ measures (over £500 cost) include installing a new boiler.

Read about Ventrolla’s green credentials - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/green/

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, WINDOW, ACTION!

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s new film The Woman in Black hits the big screen this month and all of us here at Ventrolla are excited to be queuing up for our tickets and popcorn! 

The Hollywood blockbuster features the picturesque Halton Hall in the hamlet of Halton Gill in Yorkshire, which was chosen, in part, because of its Ventrolla treated removable sash windows. Scenes were filmed in the summer of 2010 in Halton Gill, which plays the part of the fictitious village of Crythin Gifford in the film.   

After purchasing the property, owner Doug Macleod instructed Ventrolla North East & Yorkshire Ridings to give the windows a performance overhaul. Their unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) was installed to eradicate draughts and rattles, whilst their Sash Removal System (SRS) enabled easy removal of sashes for future maintenance. 

This removable function proved an important attraction for the production company as it allowed the film crew to easily replace the sashes with rotten looking alternatives to create the impression of a derelict building on fire. Afterwards – thanks to Ventrolla’s Sash Removal System - the sashes were simply slotted back in place leaving the building looking as good as new. 

The film’s star Daniel Radcliffe has described his time filming in Halton Gill. He said: “Halton Gill is a complete gem of a village and was the ideal place to film the Crythin Gifford scenes for The Woman in Black.

The original buildings and stunning surrounding countryside combine to create a timeless quality.”

Built in 1877, Halton Hall is now rented out as a holiday home by Mr Macleod, who has since moved to South Wales where he is planning another renovation project. 

Let’s hope this is the beginning of a glittering film career for Ventrolla. Look out for us on the big screen again soon!

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