Replacement of bay window

Project Info

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  • Location

    Central Brighton

The brief

Replace the existing metal windows in the front bay with windows that can be safely opened, that keep the flat warmer and that better reflect the heritage and age of the property.

The property

The property is the first floor flat in a 1840s terraced house located in a conservation area in central Brighton. The flat has masonry rendered walls and the windows in the front bay are steel Crittall, which will have replaced the original timber sliding sashes. The Crittall windows detract from the visual appearance of the property, they have very poor thermal performance and they had come to the end of their usable life (it was difficult and potentially dangerous to open and close the windows).

The solution

Replace the Crittal windows with double glazed, timber double hung vertical sliding sashes matching the pattern of original timber sash windows in the street.

The result

The new windows match the age of the property and significantly improve its visual appearance from the streetscape. The windows can be easily opened and closed, they are wind and watertight and there is a marked improvement in the heat retention in the flat.

“Martin McCurdy was recommended to us by a neighbour when we needed an architect urgently, having been let down by someone else. He did a wonderful job preparing and submitting the plans for our window replacement, and thanks to his efficiency we received planning permission from the Council in very good time. We would absolutely recommend Mr. McCurdy to anyone requiring architectural services.”

David and Gretchen Smith