Case Study: Comet Works - Birmingham
Project Synopsis: New Clement steel windows preserve the beauty of this historic building
Javelin Block is a building re-animator (not developer) that has been responsible for the re-birth of many of the heritage buildings located in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Their philosophy is to preserve and enhance the patina in historic buildings, built up over a lifetime. The result is a genuine industrial feel to their developments, often in buildings others deem as being beyond repair.
Clement Windows were specified to manufacture and install the new steel windows required for their recent conversion project Comet Works in Birmingham’s Gun Quarter. 20 residential units including authentic lofts, apartments and mews houses have been beautifully created within this historic building dating back to the 1830s.
Sensitivity was key when choosing a replacement for the original metal windows. Clement W20 steel windows were chosen to best match the existing windows – almost exact replicas but with the advantage of double glazing and an incredibly long lasting polyester powder coating.
Nigel Birch, owner of the contractors on this project, Springworth(Building & Interiors) Ltd, commented: “The Comet Works is a striking set of buildings that stand as a testament to Birmingham’s industrial past. Clement’s steel windows were the perfect product for the reinvention of these buildings, providing a strong heritage look as well as sound 21st century innovation and performance.”
Site: Comet Works, Princip Street, Birmingham, B4 6LW
Architect: BPN Architects, 3 Mary St, Birmingham B3 1UD
Contractor: Springworth Building & Interiors Ltd, 66B Smith St, Warwick CV34 4HU
Specification: Clement W20 window range
Colour: RAL 8022 Black Brown (semi gloss)
195SFKL Lodsworth handles in dark bronze finish with matching spring catches
All pear drop hinges painted to match frames
16mm insulated glass units, argon filled
Clement W20 bespoke steel windows are manufactured from hot rolled steel window sections generally in compliance with BS 6510 which are produced entirely from recycled steel source material. Hot dip zinc galvanised to EN ISO BS:1461 and with a polyester powder coat paint finish to BS:6497 or BS EN 13438.