Restoration of sash windows for The Royal Star and Garter Home

TRC have been employed by London Square to restore over 600 sash windows and doors at the prestigious building, The Royal Star and Garter Home, Richmond Hill.

The Star and Garter is a Grade II listed building and gardens with an impeccable royal and cultural lineage. It was designed by Sir Edwin Cooper and built in 1924. London Square is undertaking a grand restoration of the former nursing home, transforming it into high end apartments with a value of up to five million pounds.

There are 86 architecturally stunning apartments and duplexes being created, and the facade overlooks 2,500 acres of Richmond Park, the largest of the Royal Parks.

The Star and Garter

Works are due to be completed early 2017.

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Prince’s Trust celebrates 40th anniversary

Prince's Trust LogoFounded in 1976, the Prince’s Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary today. Over the years the charity has supported more than 825,000 young people across the UK, helping them find stable homes and employment so they can turn their lives around. In the early years of TRC Contracts Ltd, we were able to receive a £2,000 loan from the trust.

Our Beginnings

In 1998, Timber Restoration Company was incorporated under the Companies Act 1985 as a limited company.

In 2001, TRC (formally Timber Restoration Company) were successful in securing works at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, to carry out the sash window refurbishment on the Durbar Wing. Work was carried out on these Grade 1 Monument windows in conjunction with SPAB (Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings).

Following completion in 2002, TRC were invited to meet with Prince Charles at a Gala Dinner when the fully refurbished wing was opened.

In 2003, we had a change of name to TRC Contracts Ltd. We were then successful in securing another project called Devonshire Royal Campus, Buxton and were invited again to meet with Prince Charles.

Since this time we have also worked on Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and Clarence House.

We are very grateful and thankful for everything the Prince’s Trust has done to help us over the years.

Further Information

To find out how the Prince’s Trust can help you, please visit:

Happy New Year 2016

Wishing You A Happy New Year

As 2015 draws to a close, we at TRC Contracts would like to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for your patronage over the years. 2015 has been an incredible year, full of new challenges, growth and plenty of success and accomplishments for us. Our company would not have been this successful had it not been for the support from our clients and customers.

We want to continue with our commitment to you, prioritising the care and dedication to give you the same good service you deserve. Thank you, and we wish a Happy New Year to all our customers, clients, and friends.

Thank You & See You Next Year

Restoration of Sash Windows for Cliveden House completed

Recently awarded ‘AA Hotel of the Year 2015’, the restoration of sash windows for the main house at Cliveden has now been completed. Cliveden is an iconic 17th century stately home, and now one of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

“Project management was critical: everything was carefully coordinated to meet deadlines. During the two-year restoration, the house was only closed for three-weeks in January 2015. During those three weeks we had teams working 24/7. Scheduling was very tight.”
Sue Williams
General Manager

TRC Contracts Ltd helped with the restoration of over 300 timber windows. The sash windows were removed and repaired in our onsite workshop facilities. Also supplied were bespoke matching facsimiles to the French dining room.

We also undertook the refurbishment of over 20 timber doors including a 19th century oak framed door to the existing spa, and a number of large stable like doors around the property.

Sympathetic repairs to the existing collar joints were carried out around the windows, working closely with the Ecologist to ensure suitable gaps were left for the bats to access and egress. A special mastic sealant was used in the same colour as the windows to blend in without the need to paint.

Case Study

Window Restoration For The New Damian Hirst Gallery

Newport Street Gallery opens in Lambeth, South London, on 8th October 2015. The gallery will present single artist or group exhibitions featuring work from Damian Hirst’s extensive collection of art.

Designed by architects Caruso St John, Newport Street Gallery spans 37,000 square feet, which includes a restaurant and shop. Its construction has involved the conversion of three listed Victorian buildings, which were purpose-built in 1913 to serve as scenery painting studios for the booming local and West End theatre industries.

After being bombed during World War Two, one of the galleries was rebuilt as a barrow-making workshop that supplied London’s flower-sellers. Two new additional buildings have been constructed at either end of the existing three, using similar proportions and materials to the existing brick buildings, creating a gallery that spans half the length of the street.

All window restoration was carried out by TRC Contracts Ltd using traditional splicing methods. All sash windows and timber windows were carefully examined, and any decaying timber was removed and replaced by splicing in similar grained wood. Repair Care resin was used to bed in and seal around the new wood, and then moulded to match any contours of the existing frame. All frames were fully decorated internally and externally.

To improve light quality, all glass was replaced with low-iron extra clear float glass to increase light transmission and reduce the greenish tint of standard glass.

Newport Street Gallery
Newport Street
SE11 6AJ

Tuesday – Sunday
10am – 6pm
Free entry

7 Tips to Help You Choose New Windows

Sash WindowsIf you want to purchase sash windows, timber windows, or aluminium clad windows, there are a lot of choices. Regardless of how complex your project is, the following tips will help you make a solid choice.

  1. Find out what the industry performance standards are. This will help you choose a windows supplier who meets or exceeds these standards.
  2. When considering companies, look at the portfolio of work for windows projects they have supplied windows and /or work for. This can give you a good idea of the skill set and versatility of each company and if you’re still in the design phase of your project, this can give you inspiration as well. A company that does bespoke windows, for instance, can be well-worth dealing with when you have very specific needs.
  3. Look at the standards and specifications of each company. Are things like security, energy savings, weather tightness, environmental sustainability, and warranties discussed?
  4. What sort of warranty is offered? Is that warranty insurance backed? Windows can be very expensive and that’s one of the reasons the warranty is especially important. When comparing the costs of windows, take the warranty into account as a lengthy warranty is a great sign that you’re making a quality-driven choice.
  5. Does the windows manufacturer have a good industry reputation in terms of customer service and quality? You’ll want to know that you’re dealing with a well-reputed company to minimise problems and to have a good experience, should problems arise.
  6. Do they offer installation services as well? A one-stop shop is often preferable, rather than having to hire a company for manufacture of their windows and then having to find another company to do the actual installation.
  7. Consider maintenance. Perhaps you want traditional windows. But maybe you’re open to traditional-looking sash windows that have modern conveniences. Certain windows are designed to be easier to clean and maintain. This is especially the case with sash windows. 360 degree pivoting and assisted opening might be features that are big selling points to you. It’s wise to look at several options to make sure you make a choice you’re going to be happy with.

When you buy new windows, there are a lot of different choices, including: timber, aluminium clad, sash, outward opening windows, inward opening windows, and more. Regardless of the style you’re looking for, taking the time to make the right choice is a worthwhile investment of your time and energy.

Tougher Government Glazing Regulations

All new or replacement windows installed after April 2002 must comply with Document L, the Government’s tougher heat retention regulations, Window Energy Ratings (WER).

Document L deals with the heat saving properties, the “U-Value”, of windows. The better heat saving properties, the lower the U-Value.

All new or replacement sash windows and hinged windows have to be manufactured to meet the new, higher demands on insulation, giving you more warmth and comfort as well as better heating economy. In fact, it means that, unless it is a listed building, the new or replacement windows have to be double glazed to this new standard, whether or not they were before.

Window manufacturers products are tested and accredited for compliance by the British Fenestration Registration Council. Windows will be supplied from the manufacturer with certificates that authenticate compliance. The minimum is Window Energy Rating (WER) C.

The responsibility for the compliance lies with the installer via the Local Planning Authorities Building Control Department.

To ease the burden the new regulations place on Local Planning Authorities, new organisations FENSA and CERTAS has been launched.

Making the Grade

TRC had its products tested and certified by the British Fenestration Registration Council.

As we only install our own products, we can guarantee compliance and will handle all aspects of certification with your Local Authority.

This ensures in any future search on your property, the correct certificates will be available to a prospective purchaser or tenant.