University College School in Hampstead has turned to window specialists Ventrolla to help them out of a sticky situation.
The independent school appointed Ventrolla London Commercial to renovate 11 sash windows in the senior school that were difficult for staff and students to open as they were stuck shut with layers of paint.
To improve the movement of the sashes, Ventrolla used its unique Perimeter Sealing System, which also eradicates draughts, reduces rattles and can help reduce noise.
Eight of the sash windows were renovated with the remaining three crittall (steel-framed) windows replaced with hardwood sashes. These replacements replicated the original style in keeping with the Grade I listed building and were deemed to be a more sustainable alternative to the previous steel windows that had rusted together.
The work was carried out across two rooms, a student classroom and the staff office, and took place during the summer break to avoid any disruption to the school.
Peter Rowe, Facilities Manager at University College School, said: “Opening the windows used to be a real struggle as they were stuck so tightly. It’s great that we can now open them so easily and get some fresh air into the rooms.”
University College School has 835 pupils aged 11-18 and is part of the Eton Group with a history of strong academic achievements. The senior school is noted as a classic example of Edwardian architecture and has a great hall with a pipe organ, which is used for school concerts and other events.