Heritage revamp

Spectus flush casement windows were recently installed in the 16th century Pig and Whistle near Chelmsford, Essex, which has a long history as a public house but got converted to a restaurant in 2013.

Kevin Lovett, managing director of installer Chignal Windows, said: “The Spectus flush casement windows were chosen to replace the property’s ageing timber frames. The heritage importance of this building was fundamental and the windows needed to sympathetically reflect the style and aesthetics of the originals. I knew the Spectus flush casement was the perfect choice for this high-profile job as the windows would enhance the character of the building and offer modern day thermal efficiency too.”

All windows at the front of The Pig and Whistle needed to be replaced and where fitted with white flush casements with Georgian bar detailing and monkey-tail handles. Due to the build of the original window aperture, the windows had to be fitted from the outside.

“The original windows had been screw-fixed into large timber fronts within the aperture,” Kevin said. “As such, we needed to reverse the lugs on the windows and fit from the outside to ensure a perfect, clean fit was achieved.”

The flush casement windows were manufactured by Universal Trade Frames, using specially designed hardware that provides a night vent facility and the option of a French casement opening.

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