KINGS MEADOW COURT, KELVEDON
Project: Replacement of Timber Windows, Redecoration & General Repairs
Client: Kings Meadow RTM Company
Services provided: Building Surveying, CDM Services
Contract value: £147k
Kings Meadow Court is a former Seed Warehouse in Kelvedon, Essex. Located immediately adjacent to the main railway line between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, the Victorian building was converted to residential apartments and extended in the 1980s and, although not listed, is very much a local landmark.
The building’s distinctive appearance is due in no small part to its 19th century red painted timber single glazed windows which were in a dilapidated condition, reflecting poorly on the entire building.
As is common in apartment blocks a cyclical maintenance programme was in operation; Daniel Connal Partnership was appointed to oversee redecoration and general repair works and also to obtain planning consent to replace the original timber window frames with an acceptable modern alternative. The works were subject to a Section 20 Notification and Consultation with the residents.
As such an important feature of the building, getting ‘the look’ right was absolutely crucial. The windows also had to represent excellent value for money in the immediate term and ideally be relatively low maintenance to ease financial pressure on the building’s RTM Company going forward.
We reviewed and explored the costs and viability of a number of options for the windows and concluded that the most cost effective and low maintenance solution would be foil coated, double glazed uPVC. This would also have the added benefit of improved energy efficiency.
We were very pleased to successfully deliver this project on budget and in the process oversee the transformation of the building into local landmark of which residents and local community alike can be proud.