Thursday 24 April 2014

Sash window restoration London – Brixton’s Electric Avenue is next!

Sash windows have remained an enduring favourite in British architecture across a number of centuries. The capital is home to a number of period buildings boasting traditional sash windows, and the latest of these to receive the sash window restoration London treatment are the historic buildings along Brixton’s Electric Avenue.

Focusing on Electric Avenue – built in the 1880s and the first street in the country to be lit by electricity – the Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will see £2.6m invested in Britain’s historic buildings.

Writing to the Brixton Buzz Ellie Cook, Project Manager Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative revealed that sash window restoration was likely to feature as part of multi-million pound efforts to restore the area’s character.

“We will obviously address necessary structural issues but will look to reinstate correct timber sash windows, repair stonework, bring vacant floorspace back into use and improve shopfronts and signage as these are the elements that have most eroded the historic character of the street. Rather than the iron canopies, we would look to create a more appropriate template for traditional awnings along the street,” she said.

Property and business owners in the area will be able to apply for grants of up to 85% for eligible works under the scheme. This includes the following:

  • Bringing empty residential and commercial premises back into use
  • Upgrading windows, shopfronts and signage
  • Repairing or reinstating historic architectural details

If you are the owner of a period property in Brixton there are a number of ways that you can work to restore your home to its former glory. Why not consider some of the ideas below?

Victorian front doors – Pay homage to Brixton’s wealth of Victorian property, by creating a bespoke design for your front door that is perfectly in keeping with design detailing from the Victorian era. Patterned glass panels, hanging baskets and brass door furniture will all help to complete the look.

The right accessories – From cast iron coat stands and radiators to ornate fire surrounds, they are a number of period details that you can reinstate in your home to help take it back in time once more.

Sash windows repairs – Restore the condition of your sash windows, while retaining the heritage of your home, by replacing your windows sliding parts rather than your windows in their entirety. A fresh coat of paint and some traditional window boxes will also help to breathe life into your traditional sash windows.

If you are a homeowner in London keen restore your period home, the local expertise offered by The Sash Window Workshop can help with many aspects including the restoration of sash windows. Why not contact us today on 01344 868668 to organise a free, no-obligation on-site survey?

Brixton sash windows
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