Aluminium windows and doors from Gloucestershire-based Cotswold Windows have helped transform a derelict barn into a stylish visitor experience centre, Tower Barn, for the Cotswold landmark, Broadway Tower.

The tower sits atop the Cotswold escarpment with views spanning 16 counties. A vision of renowned landscape designer Capability Brown, and completed in 1798, Broadway Tower offers a dramatic outlook across 50-acres of parkland.

Today, the tower and parkland are privately owned and play host to many events and attractions. A derelict barn provided an opportunity to improve the overall visitor experience.

Surrounded by such heritage, it was crucial that the barn renovation used products and materials that complemented the Cotswold building stone. The windows and doors were integral to this.

“We were looking for something that would allow for natural light to flood in, as well as being practical and in-keeping with the building,” a Tower Barn spokesperson said.

Cotswold Windows was chosen to supply and install an aluminium lift and slide door, alongside a selection of Schueco windows and entrance doors.

“They provide lots of natural light and enable visitors to see in before they enter the building,” the spokesperson said. “The sliding doors are fantastic and make it easier for customers and the team to access the rear terraced area without doors opening in and out.”

The aluminium profile used to fabricate the windows and doors was powder coated using a RAL colour to complement the Cotswold stone and oak beams.

The installation required Cotswold Windows to draw on its experience in handling and installing large glazed items in areas with restricted access. The bigger units had to be craned into position while a mini crane was used in the courtyard.

In such an exposed location, thermal performance and weather tightness were key factors in the specification of the glass. Cotswold Windows used 8.8mm laminate and 8mm toughened, low-e glass for the large format lift and slide doors, which offers superior thermal insulation.

“Cotswold Windows have been fantastic throughout, providing the different options required to realise the look for Tower Barn, and completing the work in a clean and timely manner,” the spokesperson said. “They have also been very helpful with some questions we have had since the install.

“The overall look of Tower Barn is beautiful, and we get so many people asking where our windows and doors came from. It is lovely to have used local companies who we can name when asked.”