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Ventrolla has meticulously replaced and renovated 73 traditional timber windows at the historic King Edward VI, Handsworth School in Birmingham. The school, with its origins dating back to 1862, holds immense historical and architectural significance, making this endeavour a testament to our commitment to preserving heritage through expert craftsmanship and innovative woodworking techniques.
The project was completed in just 12 weeks. The project involved a meticulous renovation of the school’s exterior, including the replacement and renovation of 73 windows (55 new windows and 18 repaired), lead window replacement, facade restoration, stone mason repairs, decorations, and the installation of new modern electric blinds. This undertaking was not without its challenges, but our team’s dedication and expertise ensured a stunning transformation that will benefit the school and its students for years to come.
Replacing and renovating windows can significantly enhance a building’s energy efficiency, aesthetics, and functionality. At Handsworth School, we took this opportunity to not only upgrade the windows but also restore the charm and historical elements of the building. Our team worked closely with the school’s partner Felton Consult to select windows that not only adhered to modern standards but also blended seamlessly with the building’s traditional architecture. The meticulous attention to detail paid off, resulting in a harmonious balance between modern functionality and historical preservation.
The restoration of 73 traditional timber windows demanded the highest level of craftsmanship. Our skilled team of joiners meticulously replicated the intricate details of the original windows, ensuring that every aspect of the new windows was in harmony with the school’s historical aesthetic. The attention to detail and precision exhibited in our woodworking is a testament to our dedication to excellence.
Through the application of both traditional and modern woodworking techniques, we successfully contributed to the conservation of King Edward VI, Handsworth School’s heritage. By meticulously documenting the original window designs and using these as references, we were able to authentically recreate the windows while also incorporating modern materials that enhance longevity without compromising historical accuracy.
The restoration project presented us with a variety of technical challenges. The design and dimensions of the original windows were unique to the school’s architectural style, requiring us to overcome challenges related to sourcing appropriate materials and achieving precise measurements. We also had to ensure that the replacement windows met modern energy efficiency standards while retaining their historical charm. Our team’s expertise in overcoming these challenges demonstrates our dedication to innovation and problem-solving. The installation took place between June and September 2023, while children and staff were still using the school and as such strict safety protocols needed to be followed.
Our restoration efforts at King Edward VI, Handsworth School surpassed the usual requirements and expectations for joinery products. The successful replacement and renovation of 219 sashes across 73 windows were executed with the utmost care, precision, and attention to detail. Our achievement lies not only in the physical restoration but in our commitment to preserving the school’s heritage for generations to come.
We believe that our restoration and renovation of traditional timber windows at King Edward VI, Handsworth School, exemplifies exceptional craftsmanship, evidence of conservation contribution, innovative design solutions, and unparalleled excellence. We are honoured to submit our project for consideration and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to showcase our dedication to preserving heritage through woodworking expertise.
“Ventrolla’s attention to detail and mindfulness to conservation has been at the forefront of their entire involvement in the project, all the way from first contact with Kevin Wood, right the way through to the installation with Dave Tiller and Wayne Greenwood. Although not a listed building our client recognised that they are custodians of this building and Ventrolla played a pivotal role in the design of the windows to ensure that the appropriate specification is now installed. From the moment they started on site, their craftsmanship has been evident throughout and it has been enlightening to see the care and attention that has gone into the installation of each and every window even on a relatively large project. I would like to put on record my gratitude to Ventrolla for their efforts on the project and look forward to working with them time and time again. “