Modern steel windows span the centuries

The versatility of Crittall’s Corporate W20 steel windows has been shown in two recent contracts spanning the historic to the ultra modern, with the help of leading installer Metwin.

At the restored Silk Mill in Chelmsford, a Grade II listed building that housed the world’s first wireless factory, a bespoke French door was created and installed to create a perfect match for the style of the original fenestration in the 1850s building.

Meanwhile at the luxurious Apex City Hotel, close by the Tower of London, large glazed screens have been incorporated to separate different internal spaces while ensuring uninterrupted views throughout.

The Chelmsford contract involved the factory where, from 1898, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi established his wireless factory. It was here that the radio installed on the ill-fated Titanic was manufactured. The historic building, originally built as a silk mill, has been restored and converted to provide six flats and a small Marconi museum. The new French door with an arched fixed panel above, installed by Metwin into the brick south façade, was designed with traditional putty-fixed single glazed safety glass to match the original style of the fenestration with ‘T’ bars aligned with existing windows and doors.

Meanwhile, at the Apex City Hotel three Corporate W20 glass screens, two large and one smaller, were made to measure by Crittall. “These were the last items to be installed thus completing the refurbishment of the hotel,” says Metwin Director Daniel Anderson. “The architect wanted to make clear the divide from the bar and reception to the entrance thoroughfare but without eliminating any light flow.”

And he added: “Both the screens utilise the full ‘bespoke’ capability of the Crittall product by incorporating all known methods of coupling. Once the screens were installed, it was clear they serve the purpose well and they look fantastic.”