"We had to be flexible in the way we worked because the hospital remained operational throughout the project"
A total of 160 sash windows at the historic premises on Nuttall Street were surveyed, renovated, draught proofed and had new ironmongery fitted.
Ian Mathieson, Managing Director of Ventrolla London Commercial, said: “The condition of the windows varied enormously. Some just needed re-glazing or minor repairs to the window frame, while others needed a complete overhaul.
We had to be flexible in the way we worked because the hospital remained operational throughout the project. In some cases, for example when repairing windows in a consultation room, we opted to stay late or come in over a weekend in order to reduce disruption.”
Ventrolla’s window restoration formed part of a larger refurbishment scheme at St Leonard’s which was implemented by Castons of Ipswich and lasted six months.
The hospital building dates back to 1866 and by 1872 had been extended to provide beds for 503 patients.
It played an important role during the Second World War caring for air raid casualties and suffered bomb damage itself in 1941. St Leonard’s stopped receiving in-patients in 1984 and today is used as a home for various district services, including physiotherapy, chiropody, a disability resource centre and a diabetic day centre. It is administered by the City and Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust.
Ventrolla offers a bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash, casement windows and doors. 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.