Congratulations to Scottish Window Solutions for winning the Glass & Glazing Product Award for Best Installation – Commercial.  The shopfront of Edinburgh’s historic department store building was enhanced with new glazing and a dramatic entrance lobby with bespoke Crittall product.

The installation features a thermally insulated steel frame system which incorporates 37mm double glazing.  The restored Johnnie Walker whisky experience clock looks suspended within a glazed screen.

Re-engineering the steel frame system required an alternative approach to incorporating the decorating brass pressings and beading, removing the original beading from the pressings and refurbishing them, while manufacturing new beading to match.  They were attached to the new pressings.

New internal door frames were powder coated in anodic bronze.  Two pairs of double door screens with glazing bars and entrance sliding doors, were installed to form the entrance lobby.  Matching preformed metal flashings and a brass plinth completed the installation.

Challenges included having to install from the inside (due to the decorative brass pressings) and working unusual hours because of the congested city centre location.

The judges’ comments stated ‘a stand-out project showcasing high-quality, superb work.   The level of care and detail is formidable and breath-taking, as it should be when trusted with working on such a historic building’.


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