Halo fabricator, Masterframe, has provided the replacement windows for a ‘challenging’ refurbishment contract at The Royal Troon Golf Club, on the Ayrshire coast.
The club, which was founded in 1878, has a ‘rich history’ and will be hosting the Open Championship again in 2016. In order to welcome the world’s top golfers for the event, refurbishment was needed to bring the building back to its best. Club members had reportedly been experiencing problems with heating and noisy air-conditioning and it was felt that new windows would make the club more thermally efficient.
MD of Masterframe Windows, Alan Burgess, explained: “The decision was made to replace the majority of the windows throughout the building; a number were not even operational. New window systems were required in the restaurant, the club bar, smoking room, gentlemen’s changing rooms, and three impressive windows in the captain’s locker room.
“It was somewhat of a tricky project, as the windows were fitted behind the original stone mullions.
“One of the club’s members actually recommended us to the architect and the contractor, thanks to our reputation as the UK’s leading provider of sash windows.
“As a company, sash windows is all we do and we are proud to produce the most authentic, true-to-original timber alternative sash windows in the UK. The Royal Troon Golf Club’s ethos mirrors our traditional values and dedication to excellence, so we were very pleased to work with the club.
“From a personal perspective, being a passionate golfer, I was determined to ensure that this project was a massive success by providing windows worthy of this prestigious establishment. Our aim was to recommend the very best solution to match the architecture of the club building, with the most up-to-date features that we could manufacture.
“The architect initially specified the windows using information from our website. We were able to develop the project further by working together to create the ideal, bespoke solution, incorporating parts of the original specification and some of our own recommendations, such as butt jointing and dual foils.
“A high quality PVC-U window, created using Halo profile, was chosen to match the existing windows. These alternatives to timber offered the traditional aesthetics the club wanted to maintain, along with a host of modern benefits. They were fitted behind rebates, without changing the visible sightlines, just like the originals.
“The final specification was a vintage traditional window with fully butt jointed frames and sashes, complete with laminated glass.
“The windows would be complemented by antique brass claw cam catches and bar handles. Dual foiling was used in different combinations to suit the character of the various rooms, with white woodgrain externally. Interiors featured bright white woodgrain, Irish oak and rich rosewood foils from The Veka UK Group’s Variations collection.
“Upstairs, there are two unusual London style sash windows that are square on the inside with a full arch on the outside, which gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our technical skill.
“The new, high quality PVC-U windows are more serviceable than the original timber windows, improving ventilation – especially in the changing rooms – and not requiring annual maintenance, despite being within 200 yards of the sea.”
Chris Moran, house governor of the club, commented: “The windows are universally acknowledged as being first class and a number of advocates of wood have stated they were wrong and have indicated that the quality of the windows and the fitting has been an outstanding success.”