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Case Study - Lisgar Terrace

Window replacement project part of £30m refurbishment of Victorian estate


The buildings at Lisgar Terrace in Fulham form one of the many Samuel Lewis Housing Trust Estates in the London area, each comprising of a solid brick structure characterised by large chimney stacks and high cornices. 

Samuel Lewis was a Victorian philanthropist who earned his fortune through finance and money-lending. On his death in 1901 he left an endowment of £670,000 to set up a charitable trust to provide housing for the poor – a high sum at the time and one that equates to around £30 million in today’s values. E Harry Davis was an original trustee of the Estates and brother-in-law to Samuel Lewis. He became chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1916 following the successful development of the first three estates in Islington, Chelsea and Camberwell. Davis continued the legacy of Samuel Lewis using the endowment wisely in the development and management of rented properties so that the Trust became one of the largest providers of accommodation in the Southeast of England.

The blocks at Lisgar Terrace were built in 1927 and are a fine example of Victorian architecture although the timber sliding sash windows which were nearly 100yrs old where in need of replacement. Durkan where appointed by the Southern Housing Group to completely strip the blocks and undertake a £30m refurbishment of the estate.

Having met with the lead architect at Ecobuild Arden were appointed as the window contractor to replace the sliding sash windows with their Kinward design modern spiral balance window.  

Arden were able to meet all of the up-to-date building regulation requirements including providing a sliding sash window certificated to Secure By Design standards.  Arden’s Kinward sliding sash windows are available as a traditional Weights and Pulley’s option, Modern Tilt and Slide and a semi-concealed version offering u-values as low as 1.1w/km2.

Arden are happy to work with clients on supply only or supply and fit basis and we will even assist with design and planning applications if required!


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