Made-to-order, period-style timber windows and doors from Lomax + Wood have been specified by a leading London-based developer in the ambitious and challenging conversion of The Book House, once the offices of the Wandsworth District Board of Works, to 17 private apartments.
Elegant wooden sash and casement windows from the Kensington & Chelsea range by Lomax + Wood have been manufactured and installed as part of this expansive upgrade. The tired interior was stripped out from the impressive entrance hall and the sweeping wrought iron staircase. However, many architectural and historic features have been replicated, including large architraves and skirtings. The 4m high ceilings have been retained, and double glazed Kensington & Chelsea windows of large proportions provide light-filled lateral apartments.
“It’s wonderful to see how this 4-storey building has been brought back to life,” says Andrew Goding, sales director, Lomax + Wood. “Now The Book House, with its impressive clock tower, has embarked on a new chapter as a chic ‘members’ club’–style development fusing history with a fashionable and contemporary style of renovation.” A glass penthouse has been added to the top floor of the building.
A combination of tall outward opening casement windows, with beautiful arched head-fixed fan lights at first-floor level, capture the original appearance of this building; many rooms have the advantage of triple and double aspect windows. Non-bar wooden sliding spring sash windows to the ground floor and casements to the upper floor are all from the high performance and coordinated Kensington & Chelsea range.
Built in 1888 by architect William Newton Dunn, the building on East Hill, Wandsworth, has a rich history and for many years was the Wandsworth Town Hall before becoming home to the Book Trust between 1985 – 2014 and former base of the Booker Prize.
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