New Clement Steel Windows Conserving Britain’s Industrial Past

October 6th, 2022

An article about Clement steel windows featured in the Summer 2022 issue of Conservation & Heritage Journal, a quarterly publication which aims to promote conservation, heritage, restoration and regeneration.

The article, written by Clement, looks at the refurbishment of old industrial buildings where replacement double glazed steel windows have been manufactured to match the original fenestration.  The new industrial style frames complement the character of the building while introducing modern benefits such as better insulation, weatherproofing and security.

Article supplied by Conservation & Heritage Journal. Image taken from Conservation & Heritage Journal.

Former buildings of industry can be repurposed for a variety of uses while still celebrating their original function.  These structures share a number of architectural characteristics such as cubic forms, an absence of ornament, brick and concrete facades and uniform rows of windows, features which arose out of engineering capabilities, and which were finessed during the Industrial Revolution.  As these building have been renovated and so-called ‘loft-style’ living and working has become popular, demand has risen in interior design for ‘the industrial look’ – stripped back architectural details such as bare bricks, natural materials and salvaged or recycled furniture and furnishings which reflect the mechanics of the original building.

The article focuses on former warehouse buildings Clerkenwell Green and the Maple Building in London, Bonningtons Power Station which is a hydroelectric plant in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and Comet Works in Birmingham.  Steel windows from the Clement EB20, W20 and W40 ranges were selected to sensitively reinvent these historic buildings.

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The PDF of the article is available here, or you can read it on the Conservation & Heritage Journal web site here.

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