When Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS) was called on to take part in the renovation of the Grade II listed Plumstead Library, Greenwich, it meant taking out all 33 windows – made up of 124 individual frames for factory restoration before being re-installed along with some 1,326 panes of glass.

As well as blasting, repairing and redecorating the frames, ASWS mastic-fronted all the glazing to resemble the original putty and refurbish the building’s ironmongery. Also, nine windows that had been more recently replaced were replaced again to improve quality and restore with the building’s original character.

Having previously been under-used, the building is now a fully fit for purpose 21st century public libraryas well as a community centre, a sport and gym centre.

This renovation was completed within a six-month time frame. Whilst the windows were in a state of severe disrepair and poor condition prior to the works, a spokesperson for ASWS said: “The actual refurbishment went incredibly well considering the windows were in a very poor condition after years of neglect.”