Burbage Primary School

Historical Window Replacement at London Primary School. Marvin Architectural was involved in all aspects of this project; from site inspection and shop drawings to supply and full installation of the windows.

Historical Window Replacement at London Primary School

Burbage Primary School in Hackney, London required full historical window replacement of over 200 windows as part of the Primary Schools Modernisation programme.

Historical Window Replacement

Burbage Primary School in Hackney, London required full historical window replacement as part of the Primary Schools Modernisation programme. This involved replicating and installing over 210 windows throughout the building. Marvin Architectural was involved in all aspects of this project; from site inspection and shop drawings to supply and full installation of the windows.

The original windows at Burbage school were mostly painted shut or broken therefore inoperable.

The original intention under the Primary School Modernisation programme was to refurbish the original windows in order to bring them back to working order. However following in depth discussions with various other companies, the contract manager deemed that this option was uneconomical.

MacConvilles found that a better solution for the refurbishment of Burbage School would be to totally replace the existing windows with historical replicas and Hackney Council’s strict policy on materials employed and the local conservation listing meant that no aluminium or plastic should be used and therefore a solid wood window would be the only option.

During the selection procedure, MacConvilles were looking at two window replacement companies and decided to specify Marvin Architectural due to their ability to offer a full window replacement package incorporating full site surveys, manufacturing capabilities, design flexibility and installation. Of particular importance to this project was the understanding that the architectural integrity of the building needed to be preserved. Marvin Architectural’s “Made For You” philosophy and Signature profiles meant that the existing historical detail could be maintained whilst exceeding current building regulations.

Marvin Architectural supplied fully operational solid wood round top awnings, with windows situated on higher levels being operated by a crank lever, as well as traditional solid wood 7/8th Georgian style sliding sash and casement windows from their standard range. All windows supplied to the site were factory finished in white with brass hardware internally, and white “D” handles on the top sashes externally. For added safety and security measures, tilt restrictors were installed in order to prohibit tilting-in or removing the top and lower sashes of the sliding sash windows. Also, as an added precaution and for the pupil’s safety, sash locks were installed in order to limit the distance the windows could be opened.

The installation of the windows was carried out during school term time. Marvin Architectural set out and executed a detailed installation schedule in order to carry out the installation efficiently and with minimal disruption to school activities.