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

TRC Contracts Ltd Attains ISO 9001:2008 Certification

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management SystemWe are proud to announce that TRC Contracts Ltd has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, the highest quality management certification standard available.

Certificate Number: 10808
Expiry Date: 4th June 2018

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is the international standard for quality management systems, demonstrating that procedures are in place to ensure that the highest operational standards are met. Its aim is to prove that an organisation meets its own internal standards for quality and that these in turn meet international standards. ISO 9001 is based on eight quality management principles which provide a structured yet flexible framework for ensuring your processes consistently meet the needs of your customers.

  1. Focus on customers
  2. Provide leadership
  3. Involve people at all levels
  4. Take a process approach
  5. Adopt a systems approach to management
  6. Continually improve
  7. Make decisions based on facts
  8. Aim for relationships with suppliers that are of mutual benefit

What are the benefits?

Having our quality management system independently certified to ISO 9001 demonstrates our commitment to quality, best practice and continual improvement of our procedures. It also provides assurance that our quality management system is operating efficiently and effectively to ensure we deliver the highest possible service time after time.

“Attainment of this internationally recognised certification demonstrates TRC’s commitment to quality and consistency of service and to delivering client satisfaction through continuous improvement.”
David Gibson
Managing Director

Certificate of Registration - ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System

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.