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Rooflights light up Grade-II development

Blossomfield Park is an exclusive development of one, two, and three bedroom apartments located on the outskirts of Solihull in the West Midlands. The development is made up of contemporary new buildings and the thoughtful conversion of the Grade II-listed Tudor Grange with outbuildings, dating back to 1887.


Blossomfield Park in Solihull

With its imposing Victorian façade, the Grange boasts an abundance of original features. Developer MACC Living wished to retain this character, and main contractor DC Construction was appointed by MACC Living to oversee the conversion. 


For the replacement roof glazing, DC Construction turned to local patent glazing specialist, Howells.

Howells was tasked with replacing the old steel lead clothed glazing bars and single-glazed Georgian wired cast glass in three areas of the Grange, which would become the entrance hall and reception with lounge space. 


Howells recommended its 40mm HG2 glazing bar with double glazed sealed units, coupled with internal stalk glazing bar. The HG2 is a more traditional patent glazing system with slim lines which helps replicate the aesthetic of the old, glazed roof. 


Externally, Howells worked with DC Construction to finish the glazed roofs with lead ridge flashing to maintain the traditional look.


Elsewhere, two areas of ridge roof glazing were needed for walkways which provide access for pedestrians and mobility scooters to the assisted living units at the rear.


Howells used its 57mm self-supporting ridge glazing system to form two strong and durable double pitched ridge structures measuring 11m and 5.4m. This system uses wider glazing bar centres for a more modern look and is also more thermally efficient than traditional patent glazing.


Throughout, the roof glazing allows daylight to pour into the Grange and other buildings and creates a bright and positive space to welcome residents and visitors.


 

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