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Published on: November 28th, 2019
Gowercroft Joinery has won a national award from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for the design, manufacture and installation of over 300 items including heritage windows and internal joinery at Templeton House, a Grade II listed property in London.
The specialist high end timber window and door manufacturer based in Alfreton, Derbyshire won the prestigious BWF Woodworking Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Centor®. The BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.
Gowercroft Joinery won the Award for its bespoke design and manufacture of 180 heritage windows, 75 full sets of traditional internal shutters, 60 internal doors and over a kilometre of skirting boards for Templeton House in Roehampton a former home of Winston Churchill.
The timber joinery was part of a £32m restoration of the Grade II listed mansion which included sympathetic replacement of the original sliding sash windows, to provide modern levels of performance whilst maintaining the historic integrity of the building.
The company’s heritage sash windows, specially developed for the conservation market, combined traditional joinery with ultra-thin vacuum glazing in order to replicate the classic appearance of the original single glazed windows. The project formed the basis of Gowercroft’s award winning Winston Sliding Sash and Richmond Flush Casement Heritage Window ranges.
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF said:
“Gowercroft’s Joinery’s contribution to the restoration of Templeton House demonstrated exquisite craftsmanship – returning the building to its former glory with much improved levels of performance. Impressing the judging panel, the project involved traditional joinery skills, modern technology, design innovation and complex project management making Gowercroft’s work at Templeton House a worthy winner of the Project of the Year Award.
“The quality of the entries that we received this year was exceptional, with each demonstrating the talent, creativity and professionalism of our industry. Our sector makes a significant contribution to the UK’s construction and manufacturing industries, and it’s fantastic to come together at the BWF Awards to champion the outstanding talent and achievement that make our industry so successful.”
Andrew Madge, Managing Director at Gowercroft Joinery said,
“This award is a very important achievement for Gowercroft, demonstrating the value of traditional joinery and craftsmanship, particularly when combined with modern glazing technology. I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication of all the team in the restoration of this prestigious historic building.
“The woodworking industry is a brilliant industry to work in and has a really bright future; everyone is becoming more aware of sustainability issues and timber is a natural choice for sustainable construction. We’re excited for the future and what it holds.”
The prize was presented at a celebratory awards evening held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London. A full list of the winners at this year’s BWF Awards can be found at: https://www.bwf.org.uk/awards2019/