Seaside landmark refurbishment

Cornwall Glass has supplied more than 1000 IGUs for the refurbishment of Brighton’s iconic Grand Hotel.

Working with David Salisbury Commercial, which was appointed by main contractor SEH Commercial, the 18-month project involved the supply of more than 450 windows and doors.

The building was originally completed in 1864 and re-built in part after the 1984 bombing, with a multitude of remedial works delivered along the way. This created a specific set of challenges in delivery.

Joe Marsh, David Salisbury, commercial account manager, said: “No two rooms are quite the same so each window and door was bespoke. Until work started it was sometimes difficult to expose the reveal and understand the specific requirements of the building. The other challenge was achieving the right balance from a conservation perspective.”

This created a unique set of challenges in window fabrication, combining a requirement for bespoke and individually sized windows, alongside the demand for volume generated by a large scale commercial project.

Cornwall Glass supplied almost 1,000 high performing double-glazed units to David Salisbury Commercial over the two-year project. Specified to deliver a U-value of 1.0W/m2K, the argon-filled units, were manufactured from 4mm TGH Planitherm One with a 16mm cavity and white warm-edge spacer bar.

Mark Norcliffe, sales director at Cornwall Glass, said: “We have three IGU manufacturing facilities and collectively they give us a significant capacity but also flexibility within our offer. This means we can deliver volume but still combine that with a high degree of customer support, something which is a key advantage in large scale commercial refurbishment.”