In May 2015 tender was put out for restoration work to be carried out on the windows in the Windle Building in University College, Cork. We at Cozyglaze are extremly proud to have secured the contract to carry out this very detailed project to such a historic building and in June 2017 our team began what would be a very delicate 2 year project to complete this work.
Window by window we restored each unit to it’s former glory with great precision and skill.
The buiding as first built in 1850 with further work carried out between then and 1881. The windows in the WIndle building can be seperated into two distinct groups. Cast Iron and Stone. Cast Iron windows are relatively rare in Ireland. In general they were popular during the second half of the 19th Century, as a reaction to timber windows, which were seen to rot and swell. However, their demise was due mainly to the technological advancement of processing mild steel through the Bessemer Process, which was patented in 1856, and meant that by the 1890’s, almost all metal windows were of mild steel.
Cast Iron diamond panels were used in many churches, and were used to evoke the picturesque in Estate cottages and Ancillary buildings. These cast panels were generally set in timber sub-frames.
The cast iron windows at the Windle Building are a fine example of this form. Central to the attraction of metal windows is the small section size and thus the majority of the ope is glazed.
Stone Windows are found on the Nothern and Southern sections of the Windle Building , on the whole. In General these windows are formed with stone transoms and mullions, with a small and quite simple amount of tracery. The majority of the windows are glazed directly into the stone, with a wroughtiron t-section bar acting as a glass pane break. The original opening ventalation sections are of cast iron.
In cases where the cast iron windows were removed we fitted a suitable replacement of Crittal mild steel W20 window. This is the most sympathetic both in section size and material. It would also prove a good
deal cheaper than re-casting.
The works to the stone windows entialed the removal of all stained glazing where necessary. Where there was historic glass in place, all efforts were taken to protect this. The stone then needed to be checked to ascertain that it is structurally sound. Then work was carried out to prepare and restore the frames.
After carrying out this detailed work over a 2 year period we have the project completed and are glad to say we did the work and add the restoration of the Windle Building on to our ever growing list of complete projects.