Cornwall Glass Supports Refurbishment Of Iconic Seaside Landmark

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

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

The building was originally completed in 1864, 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 which are quite the same so each window and door was bespoke. The other challenge was achieving the right balance from a conservation perspective.

“The other thing was that until work actually started it was sometimes difficult to expose the reveal and understand the specific requirements of the building.”

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

This also placed a requirement for a high degree of flexibility plus high capacity manufacture on Cornwall Glass, as David Salisbury Commercial’s appointed IGU manufacturer. “We needed a supply partner that would work closely with us but which manufactured IGU’s to the exacting standards a high degree of quality that we needed”, explained Joe. 

He continued: “We were dealing with some very large volumes of glass, while the glazing window was very narrow so we needed the quality to be there from the outset, in order to guarantee fulfilment.”

Cornwall Glass manufactures IGU’s at three locations throughout the South West including St Austell, Highbridge plus a purpose-built IGU facility at Plymouth. 

Going into operation at the beginning of 2016 the state-of-the-art manufacturing hub handles 57 different glass types, ranging from 4mm to 19mm specifications, with capacity to manufacture up to 2000 units each day. 

Cornwall Glass supplied almost 1,000 high performing double-glazed units to David Salisbury Commercial over the two-year project period. 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, 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 clearly very important and a key advantage in large scale commercial refurbishment.” 

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