Architect:
Faith & Gould

Client:
London Borough of Walthamstow

Contractor:
Vinci Construction

Scope & Products:

  • 60:60 Steel Fire Rated Doors and Screens
  • 30:0 Internal Fire Rated Screen and Doors
  • Thermally Broken Heritage Windows
  • Actuated Smoke Vents to Rooflights
  • Fully Glazed Escape Exit Doors

Challenges:

  • Working within a listed building and which had erratic and irregular opening
  • Accelerated programme due to delayed project. 40 installers to move the project forward
  • Stringent Fire Rating requirements tied in with high architectural specification and intent

Overview:

The William Morris Gallery, was originally opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1950, it is the only public museum devoted to English Arts and Crafts designer and early socialist William Morris.

The gallery is located at Walthamstow, in north-east London, in Morris’s family home from 1848 to 1856, the former Water House, a substantial Grade II* listed Georgian dwelling of about 1750 which is set in its own extensive grounds (now Lloyd Park).
The gallery underwent major redevelopment and reopened in August 2012; in 2013 it won the national prize for Museum of the Year.

The redevelopment included an extension added by Vinci Construction featuring Heritage Sash Style Steel Windows. Propak were appointed by Vinci construction to design, manufacture and install all the fire rated glazing systems throughout the interior of the existing building with large 3m high escape and fire doors throughout the new extension.

This project demonstrated Propaks unique ability to not only deliver award winning results on modern day architecture but also beautiful heritage sites. This project required the attention to detail Propak love – the windows had to not only keep the charm of the building, meet modern day regulations, be bomb proof! But also compliment the magnificent art that was kept inside.

The windows had to let as much light in as possible whilst not imposing too greatly on the building and the art – Propaks designers were able to create nearly 100 windows and doors which met the buildings and contractors demands.

It was great to be part of such a historical building and landmark and one that is enjoyed every day, all year round!

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