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    Nottingham YMCA

    Nottingham YMCA

    Ventrolla Midlands has used its skills to help refurbish a landmark 1930s community building in Nottingham.

    "The striking period looks of the building have been successfully preserved and the performance of the windows dramatically improved."

    The headquarters of the Nottinghamshire YMCA on Shakespeare Street has undergone more than £1 million worth of investment work over the last 18months.

    A distinctive art deco building dating back to 1938 and with grade II listed status, the YMCA includes an 86-bed accommodation centre, office and retail space to rent and a well equipped health and fitness club. Ventrolla’s Midland office was instructed by project architect, Rayner Davies of Nottingham, to assess the condition of the ground floor sash windows and carry out repairs where possible.

    Colin Porter, Managing Director of Ventrolla Midlands, said: “We checked 44 separate windows, some of which were quite badly damaged and had loose or broken glass.

    Being a listed building, we tried to restore as many of the original sashes as we could and in total managed around 70%. The rest were then replaced and matched as closely as possible to the originals. We did also have to replace most of the traditional leaded-lights, where individual pieces of glass on a window are sectioned together with lead, because they were unfortunately damaged beyond repair.

    Nevertheless, the striking period looks of the building have been successfully preserved and the performance of the windows dramatically improved.”

    The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) movement was founded in 1844 and has been operatingin Nottinghamshire since 1871. Today the YMCA employs 130 staff across six sites in the county and has hundreds of volunteers supporting its activities. 

    Clive Bellaby, Estates and Asset Development Manager for Nottinghamshire YMCA, said: “We have an ongoing programme of investment to improve facilities and broaden the services we can offer the local community.

    Ventrolla’s work was of a very high standard. The windows look fantastic and do a good job of keeping unwanted noise out and heatin.”

    Ventrolla offers a bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash and casement windows. Its unique Perimeter Sealing System significantly improves the window’s performance and energy efficiency. With its national headquarters in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Ventrolla operates via a network of regional offices.