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Commercial Heritage Windows for an exclusive shop front in Derby City

High end men's clothing store Giorgio Reggiani fitted commercial heritage windows that needed to not only reflect the quality of the establishment, but also to comply with Derby City Council's guidelines for the regeneration of traditional shop fronts.

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This traditional shop front in Derby benefitted from commercial heritage windows as part of the City Council’s regeneration program in 2011.

The owner of Giorgio Reggiani took the opportunity of available funding to upgrade his shop when funding was made available. Mike Wood from ADDC Architects contacted Gowercroft to discuss his vision for the project. He wanted a shop front that exuded the quality and class of the men’s clothing that the shop sold. We worked with Mike to make sure his vision for the establishment was realised, while also being practical and acceptable in the County Council’s charter.

Challenges facing commercial heritage window installations

There were two major challenges with this particular installation.Firstly, the Council had set very strict requirements for all new installations in that area. Secondly, the very limited time available to manufacture and fit the windows – the project had to be completed within 2 weeks.

Fitting shop windows with the minimum of disruption

The store was forced to be closed for the installation of the windows, and obviously the owners were very keen to keep the closure time to a minimum. Therefore, we built the entire unit at our Workshop in Alfreton prior to the removal of the existing unit.

When the shop front was completed and ready for installation our fitting team removed the existing shop front and installed enough of the new unit to make the premises secure. This was an extensive process and meant a very long day for the fitting team.

The next nine business days glazing, tiling, re-fixing the shutters, fitting a heavy cast-iron gate and signage, leading the overhang area and painting.

business days glazing, tiling, re-fixing the shutters, fitting a heavy cast-iron gate and signage, leading the overhang area and painting.

“ADDC Architects required particularly high standards of joinery fabrication doing justice to the traditional joinery detailing involved. Gowercroft were able to deal well, not only with intricate joinery aspects, but also with wider renovation and integrated construction work for which they were responsible. Despite the bespoke nature of the projects, Gowercroft’s craftsmen were able to marshal resources, technical competence and enthusiasm to ensure the projects were delivered on time and within budget.”

Mike Wood – Conservation Architect and Director, ADDC Architects

Giorgio Reggiani Commercial Heritage Windows Gallery

Gowercroft Joinery has completed a number of shop-fronts throughout the years. We pride ourselves on providing excellent results to deadline. Our knowledge and experience allows us to flag potential issues in advance and offer technical solutions. Avoiding these pitfalls keeps your price down and the timeline secure.

For a no-obligation quote or just a discussion with a experienced joiner, call us today 01773 300510.

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