Grade II listed, Harby Mill on the borders of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire was a working tower windmill right up until the 1930s.
An iconic local landmark, it was built in 1877 to replace a wooden original. Once milling on the site ended though, the building lost its sails and gradually fell into a state of disrepair. That was until it was rescued 30 years ago and converted into a quirky and luxurious five-storey home.
A two-storey extension was added in 2004 and, since then, the owners have continued the programme of restoration and renovation.
The most recent additions are AluK 58BW Heritage aluminium windows and 58BD doors, which have been installed throughout, fabricated by AluK customer Tradeglaze (Lincoln) Ltd.
The 58BW ST Heritage windows were judged to be a better match to the cast iron originals in the mill tower than the soft wood products which were being replaced, and they were accepted and approved by both the local conservation officer and the planning committee after a detailed reporting process.
Jeremy Wetherall, Managing Director of Tradeglaze, explained: “We were delighted to be entrusted with this unique project. It has taken over a year of careful consultation, surveying and planning, but our dedicated teams have once again delivered the perfect bespoke solution for our customer.”
Designed primarily to replace steel windows, the 58BW ST profiles feature traditional square sections and sightlines of just 43mm in a fixed light. At Harby Mill, they were specified in RAL1015 Light Ivory finish and, for the 11 windows installed in the tower itself, with matching square glazing bars.
All of the windows and doors feature 24mm double glazing which has transformed the energy efficiency of the property, as well as providing reassuring levels of security over the timber windows they replaced.
The homeowners themselves commented: “As for any owners of a listed property, finding the right company to take time to understand our requirements and provide a bespoke product and carefully tailored service was key. We considered other options, but the team at Tradeglaze have been terrific and their AluK Heritage windows, with an authentic look and excellent weather performance, were ideal for our property and for getting our planning permission approved. We are delighted, and the look and feel are exactly what we had hoped for.”
AluK’s 58BW window system allows fabricators to manufacture a wide range of traditional and contemporary window designs and configurations using a core range of profiles and ancillaries. This makes it a hugely versatile and cost-effective option for specifiers and consumers.
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