We’re excited to announce that our new and updated website has launched. Developed by our in-house marketing team, the new version brings a whole new look, pages of fresh content and a fully reworked structure making the website easy to navigate!
The new updated website is now completely responsive so all visitors will be able to see our website from any device whether on desktop, tablet or mobile.
We have added a whole new gallery section showcasing a wide variety of window, door, screen and secondary glazing projects. Our galleries are easy to navigate and arranged by product type and property style from projects we have successfully completed. This is an excellent source of inspirational ideas for you to see the quality of our products and appreciate the craftsmanship of our work.
Architectural Bronze Casements visit Syon Park for the third year running to exhibit our stunning hand-made bronze windows, doors and screens at Decorex International.
Our show stand was redesigned this year to incorporate a very on-trend mustard yellow into the design, a colour which has proven to be very popular with not only our potential clients, but other exhibitors. We selected “Hustle at 5pm” paint and “Mrs Peel – Spring” wallpaper from Fired Earths incredible range of products to create a fantastically bold autumnal statement. Large scale photographs were also produced to showcase the versatility of our bronze windows and doors in both traditional and contemporary projects.
The proposed work was to take place on The Student Union. We met up with a university representative and local architect to discuss design options.
The original steel casements were in poor condition, with opening windows either broken or corroded and couldn’t be used. The fixed lights were traditional leaded lights directly fixed into the stone mullions. Our Heritage System looked to be the most suitable system with its fine sight lines and the possible use of slim double glazed units. In the fixed light windows this would mean installing a fixed bronze casement to match the openings.
The original steel casements were in a poor condition, with opening windows either broken or corroded. Due to the sensitive historical nature of the property, we recommended our Heritage System for this project.
The client and architect had already spoken with local planners and the conservation officer, securing planning permission for the bronze casements.
A time scale was produced which required an element of flexibility as the clients were living in and around the house at the time, as well as the house being open to the public to visit in the summer months.
It was agreed for safety and access reasons; we would split the project into two phases.
This will be the third year that Architectural Bronze Casements have exhibited at Decorex, a show that is synonymous with luxury and a platform for products to be seen by influential people from design and architecture.
The date of Decorex 2016 is Sunday September 18th to Wednesday September 21st.
Architectural Bronze Casements – Stand E46
This is a fantastic exhibition showcasing an unrivalled collection of 400 hand-selected exhibitors. We have been very successful at the last two years at Decorex and we took the decision to return again this year. This show attracts interior designers, architects and consumers who have a keen eye and are looking for something different. They also appreciate the bespoke nature of our products, the beauty of bronze and how it could work for them in the projects they get involved with.
This charming Tudor Style New Build property is the subject of our latest case study. The client approached us during the early stages of the build to investigate his options with regards fitting our Bronze Casements into an oak-framed property. Having been recommended by one of our previous customers, the client was already well aware of the stunning aesthetics and quality of our windows. Due to the nature of green oak and its ability to expand and contract as it settles, we recommended a timber subframe be fitted, allowing the oak to move without risking any damage or stress to the windows.
As part of this case study, we’re going to be taking a closer look at a substantial contemporary extension on a Nottinghamshire country house.
Having already worked with our sister company Vale Garden Houses on a project at their previous home, the owners of this property approached both companies as part of the renovation and extension of their new Edwardian country home. A grand, gothic style conservatory incorporating Bronze Casement windows was constructed as the first part of the project; the house already contained metal windows and the bronze conservatory windows complemented them beautifully. Some of the existing metal windows had started to fail and were replaced with Bronze Casements at the same time.
What are ‘traditional leadlights’?
They are decorative windows which are made up of small sections of glass, generally square or diamond and fitted together with ‘H’ shaped lead cames. The name leadlight refers to all windows where the glass is held together by lead and this term then extends to stained glass for the more ornate windows which incorporate pictorial coloured glass etc.
Stained glass windows are more often found in churches and buildings that are very ornate. The cost is a lot higher to produce and this factor is the reason why domestic properties rarely have them installed. From 1860’s to 1930’s leadlights featured in numerous private cottages and houses and became an architectural feature.
Andrea has been with the company for over 13 years.
Her interests include playing bowls, and singing in a rock choir (her claim to fame is that her opera group recently sang with G4). When time permits, she loves making baby and wedding baskets for friends and family and organising parties and events for local clubs.
Andrea enjoys helping charities and to date has completed several sponsored walks raising funds for worthy causes such as local hospices, St Barnabas and Breast Cancer. Her forthcoming challenge will be a sponsored walk from London to Brighton in May 2016, in aid of Cancer Research.
Andrea is a company first aider and Health & Safety representative.
The original designs for the south elevation of the Brighton College Eastern Road campus, by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson in 1883, consisted of two wings of boarding houses, with a grand entrance tower in the middle. A lack of funds meant that the project was left incomplete, including the tower which ceased construction in 1887 just two storeys tall. The boarding houses were completed in 1930 but it would take another 80 years before the tower could achieve its planned height.
Richard Griffiths Architects were appointed in 2011 to complete the tower and it was at this point our sales team approached the architects to offer our Bronze Casements for the project. We have previously worked with RGA on the renovation of Freston Tower, a 15th Century brick folly in Suffolk, so they were already aware of the quality of our bespoke casements and the service we provide.
What is your role at Architectural Bronze Ltd?
As Production/Factory Manager I manage a team of 20 workers and oversee the day to day running of the factory, ensuring that production targets and delivery dates are met and quality control is carried through from start to finish of production.
What does your typical day involve?
Our production schedule is always busy and so to keep up momentum of work, I like an early morning start at 6.45 am. I brief the shop floor workers with details of the work expected for the day and liaise with the Bronze Office to keep track of any changes to projects. My day includes checking production drawings, allocating bespoke work to my specialist team, attending production and R&D meetings.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that, along with our sister company Vale Garden Houses, Architectural Bronze Casements have been presented with a “Best of Houzz” award for 2016. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. This is the first time the Bronze profile has received the award and is truly representative of the hard work we have put into creating and maintaining our presence on the site.
As well as uploading images from our photoshoots, we regularly partake in discussion with Houzz users in an effort to provide useful information to aid them in their decision making process. Vale Garden Houses were presented with the “Houzz Influencer” award this year for their advice offered to the community, and we hope to be in a position to win this alongside them next year.
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This project gave the owners a complete transformation of their lovely barn conversion in Buckinghamshire.
The previous owner installed a real ‘hotch potch’ variety of sash windows over time and this non-conformity led the new owners to do something about it. They wished to have a more uniform look and one that was more contemporary and in keeping with the barn with its modern wooden clad exterior.
Architectural Bronze Casements were brought to the client’s attention by their architect, who recommended our beautiful bronze windows. Once seen, the owners fell in love with the strong aesthetics of the bronze and the flexibility in design through offering a variety of window design, screen design and door design. The windows feature horizontal transoms which provide a more contemporary window style. The stained Oak timber frames were also supplied by Architectural Bronze Casements and a simple profile was selected to maintain the clean lines.
For a number of years now, the government has offered incentives to many organisations in order to help them put systems in place to reduce their carbon footprint in line with government targets. Most of these targets can be met by fitting timers to lights and heating systems, or insulating roof space to help prevent heat escaping. Usually last on the list is replacing windows, as this is often seen as a very costly measure. However, depending on the condition of the existing windows energy savings through window replacement can be significant.
New for 2016 is our 9th Edition Bronze Brochure.
A 64 page brochure designed to guide you through our products and services. This new brochure has a slightly different format to its predecessors with sections designed to marry with different project types. The content covers new build projects, renovation projects, historical and commercial projects. It also introduces you to our range of products, the services we provide and technical information.
We understand that imagery can be an inspiration in your decision making process and this has motivated us to give you an excellent selection of some of the many projects we have worked on. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done and have had the privilege to work on a wide variety of projects in some very interesting locations.
As part of our continuing product development we are pleased to announce the launch of our contemporary shaped bead.
This bead is a result of market demand as we were approached by some of our clients who were working on contemporary style new builds if we had a bead that had cleaner, stronger lines. Although the aesthetic of our existing bead works very well within the design, it was deemed a little too traditional for the more modern projects.
The new contemporary bead is now available and is compatible with our Advanced System and all our bronze door systems.
The last month has been an incredibly busy time for us at Architectural Bronze Casements, with the preparations for the Decorex show 2015 finally coming to fruition.
After months of planning, drawings and meetings the show stand was finally completed and taken to London. After two long days of on-site construction, stand E46 at Syon Park was finally ready to receive four days of visitors eager to see the latest in what the design industry had to offer.
This year, in addition to all our traditional metal window systems, we previewed our bronze slim doors and contemporary screens. Also on the stand we featured a selection of our new bronze furniture as Decorex is an ideal platform to receive feedback from its design based visitors. The screened section housed the furniture creating a striking room within the stand.
The design team here at Architectural Bronze Ltd are delighted to be returning to this years Decorex show at Syon Park between 20th and 23rd September 2015. With an even bigger and better stand, centrally positioned at E46, we will be exhibiting our full range of products produced in beautiful Architectural Bronze.
Most exciting is that we shall be promoting the latest in slim line bronze doors and screens for internal and external use. The screens and doors will form a prominent feature and Mark, Ken, Andy and Martin look forward to meeting with you and showing you the detail and value these elegant and functional architectural features can bring to your home. We shall also be exhibiting a few pieces of bronze furniture to compliment your home.
Vale Garden Houses has recently been given CHAS accreditation which will allow an uninterrupted transparency in the lengthy pre-qualification process. This achievement is testament to the competency of the Health and Safety policy and procedures in the organisation.
In 1997 a group of Health & Safety and procurement professionals from across Great Britain worked with the Association of London Government to develop CHAS. In 2001 CHAS became a web-based system. The two main objectives for CHAS were to improve health and safety standards across Great Britain and to reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.
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Vale Garden Houses has won an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2014 calendar year.
Now in their 57th year, the International Safety Awards seek to celebrate and promote the success of the winning organisations and their employees in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for all. They are open to businesses, public and third sector bodies of all sizes and sectors. The 2015 award winners have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health.
Architectural Bronze Casements are proud to have supplied our beautiful, handmade Bronze Windows as part of the renovation of Foxholes Farm in Shropshire.
We have compiled a short video highlighting the relevant sections of the show, which you can view below. The full show is available via 4oD until 6th February 2015.
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California dreaming or not?
At this time of year
All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey
California dreaming on such a winters day
Or not so Architectural Bronze Casements are Happy to announce one of our latest projects will be in Atherton, California. Working with Raj Bains of Bains Developments, on a individual clients bespoke home. We will be supplying many pairs of Bronze doors, fixed and opening Advanced Bronze casements ready for shipping in May. So there are many procedures that need to planned, and actions in place to make the smooth journey from Vale’s HQ to Atherton USA.
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
Our sales team have arrived back from another successful weekend at the Listed Property Show at Olympia, London. Owning a listed property is not always sunlight and roses as conservation and legislation can make even the smallest task appear daunting. The Listed Property Show, a free event which gives you the opportunity to source products and discuss your pending projects with the experts, hopefully, will give you the confidence and the wherewithal to banish your fears and move forwards with your renovations.
The guys reported back that both days of the show were extremely lively with a constant stream of visitors attending the show.
We have a busy year planned with regard to exhibitions and the first half of 2014 sees us at 3 shows, 2 of which are for consumers and 1 is a trade show. Exhibitions are the perfect opportunity and platform for you to see first-hand, the quality of our windows and doors and in an environment which you are focused on to both compare and make choices.
Listed Property Show – 15th-16th February – Olympia-London
This show is aimed at people who own a listed property and are looking for expert advice and products. You can talk to conservation offices, architects, planners and see a good selection of products designed specifically for this market.
Ecobuild – 4th-6th March – ExCel-London
It’s great to get back to work after our Christmas Break, the Team here in Bronze are brimming full of ideas for the New Year.
This time of year is always a good opportunity to reflect on how we work and look at ways of improving our service and also come up with new design ideas. Everyone gets the chance to put their ideas forward for review and as a Team , we decide on areas to focus on.
Among them this year is a focus on attending more shows to give clients more opportunities to see our products and speak to the Team first hand to discuss design ideas for their projects.
As part of the ongoing expansion programme for Architectural Bronze Casements, we are closing 2013 with a move of facilities to a new manufacturing site. The process, as always, has taken time in the initial stages but over the last few months the momentum has picked up and the move is now imminent. The new facilities will allow the production to be more streamlined and efficient.
Production Supervisor, Syd Charles, is enthusiastic about the coming months and settling into the new premises. He explained “These are exciting times for the Bronze Division, with all of the new equipment and latest development in products; we are all looking forward to 2014”.
Architectural Bronze Casements have recently been involved in the modernisation of Wapping Pier Head which was built circa 1810. Standing at the end of a terrace which once overlooked Wapping Basin the building combines a Georgian style domestic residence with the latest addition of an extension bringing simplistic contemporary warehouse aesthetics to the project.
Ken Lipsham said “The use of Bronze casements in the renovation has helped to maintain the elegance of Georgian building but with the added simplicity of the industrial style. The casements were used to define old from new in the extension adding to a contemporary mix of materials. The Heritage system was selected for its fine delicate sightline to the window frames containing a slim 4/4/4 glazed unit 12mm overall maintaining the slim aesthetics throughout”.
Architectural Bronze Casements is delighted to announce the publication of their latest brochure. The 7th edition has been designed as a clear and informative guide to both our products and services. Bronze Casements made from architectural bronze, renowned for its longevity and aesthetic appeal, are handmade casements and doors which are available in two finishes. They can be incorporated within stone, brick or timber openings, making it an ideal consideration for many schemes.
Throughout the summer months our resident photographer Matt has been busy visiting both old and new projects and has taken thousands of photographs. This latest catalogue of imagery has become the back bone of this latest brochure and we are sure that collectively, they will assist you in visualising how the casements we produce will enhance and complement both period and new properties alike and more importantly your own build or renovation.
Phillip Bristow; Bronze Casements latest recruit, has been with us just a few short weeks but has already settled into the post well and is enjoying the variety of work involved in his new job. As assistant CAD technician, Phillip said that he thoroughly enjoys the diversity of the work and being able to put into practice his knowledge and skills.
Phillip explained that, as each project can be so different, this is his “dream job” not only does he work on interesting projects but he also gets to spend time problem solving, something he really enjoys doing “Who knew that calculus was not just to make life difficult but can be useful too”. When discussing the challenges of settling into a new role he also went on to explain that his approach has always been to “look at every obstacle, not as a problem, but as a challenge waiting to be met head on”. Not just a CAD technician then but Philosopher too!
2013 has seen the introduction of new legislation which will benefit the consumer and manufacturers alike. We welcome the new standards and as of the 1st July 2013 it became mandatory in the UK for many, but not all construction products, to have CE marking in order for them to be placed on the European market. CE (“Communaute Europeenne”) is an indicator of a product’s compliance with the relevant EU legislation.
What CE marking on a product, its packaging or associated information indicates is that a minimum and consistent level of quality and health and safety has been met in the production of the merchandise. CE marking will also allow for the free movement of products throughout the EU Market place and good for export trading.
At Bronze Casements we are often asked to re-create the style of windows from the 18th – 19th Century, but with the modern technology and materials which meet the stringent environmental standards for today. In order to meet that criteria we call upon our skilled glass workers who are able to, not only produce energy efficient glazed units but also, produce beautiful leaded work. We use distorted glass to give it an aged look, produce exquisite double glazed leaded windows and encapsulate delicate original works of art into modern glass units.
Architectural Bronze Casements manufacture frames to a tight tolerance which in turn requires that we produce the glass to fine tolerances too. We are proud much of this glass is produced in house at our own glass production unit. The team is passionate about the product and takes great care in the work they complete. Everything from double glazed units using warm edge technology and gas filled units to maintain UV values, to the intricately produced leaded units, crafted sympathetically to compliment what is already in place in a building.
Bronze Casements by Vale are exhibiting at the Grand Designs Live Show, stand B67, this weekend. The Design Team look forward to showing you our products and will be pleased to discuss projects and options with you.
Also, hot off the press, showing our inspirational projects, is the latest edition of the brochure. Pick up your copy at the show or request a copy from our website. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Bronze Casements has recently featured at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at Olympia, London. With over 20,000 visitors it was a very busy time for all.
Olympia is a beautiful building which first opened its doors in 1886. Covering an area of approximately four acres when built, Olympia is said to be, the largest building covered by one span of iron and glass. The venue is the perfect setting for displaying our range of bronze casements and doors.
We recently featured at the Grand Designs Show at the London Excel. This has been a favourite choice for the Design Team here at Vale as the atmosphere is always lively and there are lots of people in attendance. Indeed there were over 101,000 visitors to the Grand Designs show so as can be imagined, it’s a very busy time for all!
We received many compliments on the evident quality of our traditional bronze windows. This is lovely to hear as these comments were from passers by who had probably never seen our casement windows before.
The stand was redesigned this year to include new images of our windows, comfortable seating and revolving display units which were very helpful when demonstrating all the design features of the various window systems.
Ever had the problem of how to clean and maintain those hard to reach windows? We’ve had clients who’ve come to us with this conundrum. For example in Town Houses, dormer windows and over the gable end of a building.
We turned our attention to the traditional European designs where external and internal shutters have meant they typically have inward opening windows.
This was the source of inspiration to us for our inward opening system when looking to provide a solution for our clients’ requirements to facilitate ease of cleaning and maintenance.
We’ve received positive feedback from many clients who see the benefits of internally opening casement windows and so have used them not only in those challenging areas, but in all locations for their pleasing aesthetic qualities as well as the practical benefits.
Stone damage not only looks unsightly, but may also seriously affect the performance of your bronze windows. The cause of stone damage may be due to a variety of problems.
One major reason is due to the original stone sections being made and bedded the wrong way. Most stone has a ‘seam’ or ‘grain’ and if made and fitted incorrectly into the build, water and frost will permeate into the stone causing it to blow, whilst wind and rain will etch at the surface.
More often than not however, the stone will deteriorate as a result of old and rusting casements. The screws expand, cracking the metal windows. A build up of water over a long period of time causes the stone to burst and allowing further water ingress, which in turn leads to greater long term damage.
Grand Designs London returns to Excel this springtime, we can expect over 100,000 visitors to view over 500 stands during the 9 day show. Bronze Casements have booked their annual slot in the Grand Build area of the exhibition hall. After the success of last year’s dual stand, with Vale Interiors (conservatory furniture) and Bronze Casements (metal windows) exhibiting in tandem under the Vale Garden Houses banner, we are now returning as simply Bronze Casements for this year’s show.
Bronze Casements see Grand Designs Live as their number 1 showcase for the year. Previous shows have proved rewarding in terms of our brand awareness and company profile. A number of substantial orders can be directly attributed to our time spent at the Grand Designs Live Show in London.
Architectural Bronze Casements can be incorporated into various types of window openings including those made of stone, brick and timber. It is possible to fit directly into the existing substrate but sometimes work is required where timber has rotted or masonry has been damaged. Our surveyors can advise on what remedial action may be required, and are able to draw on expertise from associated tradesmen if necessary.
If new timber is a requirement, the extensive woodworking facilities at Vale Garden Houses, parent company to Architectural Bronze Casements, offer nearly three decades of experience in creating some of the very finest quality timber glazed structures. Who better to trust to create the sub-frames to house your new bronze windows?
Whilst many of our metal windows and doors are produced for New Build projects where you are working to new and plumb reveals and windows are of a regular shape. However, we also have a great deal of experience working with older properties and heritage type work where we are trusted to replace and re-instate appropriate fenestration in often difficult situations. This is typically where the window openings are out of square, may be have complex arcs or curves, or are of a non-standard construction. It may also be on buildings where windows are particularly difficult to access.
Each of our bespoke metal windows is made to a manufacturing tolerance of +/- 2mm. Therefore measuring windows correctly is paramount.
A good number of our clients who are practically minded or have a good builder working on their project are confident to supply dimensions for us to manufacture their metal windows. We will also provide full fitting instructions in order that they can be installed without any hiccups.
However, for many, you can not put a price on peace of mind and a smoothly run, trouble free project, and taking the worry out of measuring and fitting is high priority.
Recognising the importance of this, 2007 we started up our optional comprehensive measuring and/or installation service which ensures the correct fit every time.
Sales and design team
Mark Bland, Ken Lipsham, Andy Simpson, Martin Gibbins – Project Designers
Project and Production Team
Martin Hawkins, Martin Kinnersley – Site Project Managers
Howard – CAD Technician
Sharon B.J. – Project Team Co-ordinator
As a reasonably new member within the Bronze Casements Divisions Sales and Design team, I’m very fortunate to find myself working with a diverse range of people who have a wealth of skills and experiences, suitable to the wide range of buildings we supply for, old and new, worldwide.
Earlier this year Architectural Bronze Casements began working on an interesting and exciting renovation project located in Upper West Side New York. 266 West End Avenue was the former home of Hollywood’s outrageous Mae West, a vaudeville performer, playwright, Broadway sensation, movie star and an independent woman who became an icon simply by being herself.
The 14,000 square foot mansion spread over six stories exudes drama and elegance. Built in 1896 this palatial townhouse was designed by Rudolphe Daus, a prominent architect who trained at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts. The stunning limestone property comprises of six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, ball room, oak panelled library and features sensational biblical murals, a luxurious Italian handcrafted staircase and windows on all 4 sides offering spectacular views of New York.
Architectural Bronze Casements exhibited this year at the Great Yorkshire Show for the first time.
The great Yorkshire Show is the country’s leading agricultural event and is held in Harrogate from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th July. This year it saw an impressive 125,000 visitors attend.
Although there is no obvious link between Agriculture and Metal Bronze Windows, our stand attracted a large number of visitors. Many who knew our product were pleasantly surprised to see us and new visitors to our stand commented on how good it was to see such a well made product that is so well suited to Yorkshire and neighboring counties with its fabulous stone buildings.
Architectural Bronze Casements provide a number of decorative features which can be selected to help you personalise your metal windows to suit your tastes and the style of the property. We offer various different configurations of handles, stays and back plates that are ideal for renovation projects yet are equally appropriate in a more contemporary build. Our focus is to work with the client to ensure the metalwork compliments their project, maintaining the style and enhancing the aesthetics of the building.
Our considerable experience and expertise here at Vale Garden Houses has allowed us to develop modern security features which can be incorporated into our Bronze Windows to provide discreet yet attractive protection for the property. These are in the form of hinge pins, locking casement stays and locking restrictor stays. If you have any special requirements from your insurance company, we can usually help in some way.
Roch Castle is located in Pembrokeshire, Wales and dates back to the second half of the 13th century. The castle was badly damaged by Cromwell’s troops in the 17th Century and has since been in a gradual state of decline. In September 2008 the Retreats Group Trust brought Roch Castle and in February 2009, it awarded the contract for its restoration and refurbishment to Welsh Heritage Construction.
The architects appointed to the restoration project were Acanthus Holden and they approached Vale’s Architectural Bronze division with regards to replacing the existing and much deteriorated windows. After lengthy discussions with Welsh Heritage Construction, it was decided that the Heritage windows were best suited for the project as it was principally designed for use on Historic buildings where a very fine extrusion was required.
Earlier in the year we were approached by an Architect working on the restoration of Ordsall Hall, a magnificent building dating back over 820 years. The hall had played an important part in the lives of people in Salford but had understandably become a little tired over the years as it’s many uses changed from originally a cherished family home, through various incarnations as a working men’s club, a church hall and most recently as a local history museum and community centre.
Unfortunately the sums involved in the upkeep of such a building are astronomical and that is where the Lottery Fund provided a lifeline in ensuring the future of this architectural gem.
We have finally booked the last of the shows we will exhibit our metal windows at in 2010.
True to our product, we have recently returned from the Listed Property Show which was held at Olympia end of February. The show was a huge success for Vale as numbers attending were considerably higher than previous years and we were also very surprised by the quality enquiries – from those replacing just a couple of aging windows, to total refurbishments.
Plans this year also include the Grand Designs Live Show at Excel in London on the 1st to 9th of May inclusive, Stand B9. We will have all our products on show and also a small area for you to sit down and rest your weary legs! It’s a long show so hopefully you will find some time in your diary to visit.
Planes, trains and automobiles and don’t forget the ferry.
January was such an exciting month for Bronze Casements. Despite the change in VAT rate, it was a great month for UK sales which included seeing some fabulous new build projects that we have been working on finally being given the go ahead. The highlights being two architecturally brilliant designs, one inspired by Arts and Crafts and the other replicating the Elizabethan period – both of which we can’t wait to see progress.
Enquiries for our metal windows and doors have come from far and wide in the last year and we are quoting from projects as diverse as a stunning copy of an Art Deco mansion block to be built in Australia to a cute little two up two down cottage in a village just 5 miles from our factory here in Grantham.
2009 has been a busy year for the Bronze Team here at Vale Garden Houses, culminating in a frantic December as clients raced to order their bronze windows in order maximise the 2.5% reduced VAT rate before the end of year changeover .
2010 has seen us thrust into a new year with adverse weather conditions. We take our hats off to the site guys who have been adapting to all sorts of conditions while installing our bronze windows in what is reportedly the coldest January in 30 years, to ensure projects run smoothly for our clients. Whilst our site teams battle the elements, the office and bronze windows manufacturing teams have been working extra hard to give them the support they need whilst out in the freezing countryside.
Bronze (Copper & Tin) has been known to man for over 5000 years and the ‘Bronze Age’ when it’s use was confined to items which were valued highly by man at that time. Typical usage would probably have been for items such as spearheads and jewellery.
It was in the 18th & 19th Century’ when Bronze alloys were first used in any quantity for architectural purposes, being used for bronze windows and doors, decorative columns and various sculptures. The value historically placed on bronze can be seen by the use of bronze medals still awarded at the Olympics and other sporting events.
With people becoming increasingly aware of the potential impact of their actions on the carbon footprint, both manufacturers and clients are considering their effect on our environment when making choices. This was certainly the case when Vale Garden Houses were initially researching and designing out Traditional Bronze Windows over 14 years ago.
Bronze casements date back to the 16th century and there are many beautiful structures in existence displaying some of their original metal windows. A fine example of a historical building with bronze metal windows is Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, which is recognised as being one of Britain’s greatest Elizabethan stately homes and now owned by The National Trust. Countless buildings and openings throughout Great Britain and indeed across Europe and America still play host to their original bronze windows. There is surely no clearer indication as to the sustainability of this wonderful material.
Vale Garden Houses is a well established family run business which has been designing and building traditional conservatories, orangeries and roof lights for over 27 years.
Several years ago, when finding it problematic sourcing suitable traditional metal windows for use within our structures, we took the decision to design and make our own metal windows.
Combining our wealth of experience in engineering, period detail and extensive research into the history of the metal casement window, our product was born.
Today, we have a totally dedicated factory making metal windows and doors for projects throughout the world.
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