Sash Windows for Listed Buildings in Cheltenham
The county of Gloucestershire is home to one of the largest concentrations of listed buildings in the UK. In Cheltenham alone, there are over 2,602 listed buildings, many of which were built during the Regency period. At this time, sash windows were a key feature of architecture, and as such, many listed buildings in Cheltenham feature them. As such, if sash windows in listed buildings need to be replaced or repaired, this should be done so in a way that is sympathetic to the style of the building, with consent from the council.
Before making any proposed changes to a listed building, property owners must make an application to the relevant council, so that the potential impacts of the works on the building can be fully assessed. For example, wooden sash windows should be replaced with bespoke wooden sash windows to fit with the aesthetics of the building. Fitting other window styles, using different materials, destroys the heritage of a listed building.
In the Gloucestershire town of Stow-on-the-Wold, a property developer was recently fined over £25,000 for carrying out unauthorised work on a Grade II listed building. Work including the destruction and replacement of sash windows, along with other internal work was carried out on the building that houses the St Edwards Café, without consent from the Cotswold District Council.
Following this case, Cheltenham Borough Council are cracking down on property owners who have illegally fitted windows to conservation listed properties, fining them and forcing them to change the windows to a style that are sympathetic to the heritage of the building.
Bespoke Traditional Sash Windows
At Rural Timber Window Company, we specialise in hand crafting traditional sash window frames for heritage properties. We work hard to provide a uniformity of style that complements Georgian and Victorian architecture, providing a sustainable and long-lasting solution that passes council assessments for proposed changes to listed buildings.
Having manufactured bespoke windows and doors as a family business since 1973, we have gained a lot of experience in installing traditional window styles for listed buildings. We work with property owners to preserve and protect heritage buildings without taking away their magic.
We are committed to using only sustainable materials for our sash windows. Timbers such as Oak, Sapele and Accoya provide highly durable solutions and are naturally resistant to wood rot, ensuring that replacement windows will last for many years to come.
Based in Worcestershire, we are well placed to design, craft and install bespoke sash windows for customers in Cheltenham and the wider Gloucestershire area.