Associated Steel Window Services was called on to carry out the repair and restoration of multiple window types as part of the redevelopment of ‘The Northcliffe’ the former Daily Mail headquarters at Temple in the City of London.

ASWS was initially engaged to carry out a full condition survey across the complex elevations, as well as internal doors and screens, including all of the steel, timber, aluminium and curtain walling, with the report being used as a key part of the pricing/tender document for the project.

The report comes only weeks after the installer detailed its work on another project for ‘The Black Lubyanka’, the iconic Fleet Street HQ of Daily Mail rival The Daily Express

ASWS operations director Kris Bennell outlined the process at The Northcliffe: “For the steel windows, the work included the full servicing and detailed cleaning of all the original copper light glazing, along with the redecoration and overhaul of all the ironmongery.

“In the case of the timber windows all of the sashes were removed back to our workshop for a comprehensive overhaul, which included the routing in of new draught strips, re-glazing and overhaul of the opening lights.  The remainder of the windows on site were serviced, prepped and redecorated, including the extensive mastic work to the perimeters and glazing fronts.”

Andy Thomas, Associate at John Robertson Architects added, “The mix of fenestration throughout The Northcliffe is really very interesting, and it was a key early design decision that the existing Grade II listed copperlight windows were expressed as a prominent feature within the internal office space. Given the listed status of the building, retention of these historic elements was also a key consideration throughout the planning process.

Andy continues, “The works included cleaning and restoring all of the copper lights in the listed façade and ISG proposed ASWS as the preferred specialist for this, along with other elements of the window restoration work. ASWS executed a very competent job, including ensuring all of the sequencing was managed correctly.”

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