The period windows of the historic Chester Railway Station have undergone significant refurbishment in time for winter.
As part of a £10 million renovation effort to restore the Grade II listed railway station, part of the Chester Renaissance programme, the sash windows dating back to 1848 have been restored by leading period window specialist Ventrolla.
Having deteriorated over time, several sashes needed a complete renovation to improve the facilities in the Arriva Training Room and Medical Room as they were experiencing troublesome draughts, leaks, rattles and operational issues.
Due to the historical nature of the building it was imperative that the new windows retained the heritage without compromising on quality.
The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) was installed to combat draughts and reduce external noise. The sash cords were replaced, pulleys serviced and sashes correctly balanced to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the windows.
The project was completed in two phases, both being done through the weekend so as to minimise disruption.
The original curved window located in the Training Room was given a complete overhaul, replacing the single-glazed panels with bespoke slim double-glazed units. On completion of this, the two large curved windows of the Medical Room were also fitted with double-glazed units using traditional methods of carpentry to retain the aesthetic features of the building. Gareth Ellis, site manager from MPH Construction, who oversaw the project, said:
“The work that Ventrolla did was very impressive. The craftsmen were professional and efficient, completing the work promptly and delivering a superb finish.”
“An unexpected benefit was the reduction in external noise, which due to the station’s high footfall can often lead to disruption and distraction for the staff when dealing with important matters.”
With over 30 years’ experience, Ventrolla offers a tailored range of period window solutions including repair and renovation, new timber windows, secondary glazing solutions and a wide range of window hardware.
The company’s head office is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and regional offices are also located throughout the UK and Ireland.