Original windows are an integral feature in the architecture of period properties. They give an insight into the craftsmanship of the era and also complete the character of the design. Windows are more than openings for light and air, they give us an appreciation of our built heritage. This guide explains the options for sash windows for listed buildings.
In Ireland, listed buildings are known as protected structures. There are additionally conservation zones that encompass large areas and are equally protected. These are known as Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA’s). For example there are areas in Dublin such as the medieval city, areas around the canal and river, and also the Georgian streets, that recognise Dublin as an important city of international merit.
It’s worth including a note on conservation here. There were no strict rules on conservation in Ireland until as recently as the year 2000. However, the local government Planning and Development Acts in 1999 and 2000 now require that local authorities keep a list of protected structures.
What is a protected structure? A protected structure is a structure that a planning authority considers to be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view.
As the owner or occupier of a protected structure you are legally obliged to prevent it from becoming endangered, whether through damage or neglect.
So, owners of such properties can avail of grants. Notably through the Historic Structures fund, the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Irish Georgian society. Relevant bodies publish these annually in about November with closing dates for application in January / February time. We publish any updates through our social media channels to keep you informed.
Also, we have some organisations in Ireland that assist in recognition of this history:
An Taisce a charity who protect built national heritage through advocating for sustainable planning and development, education and holding properties in trust.
The Dublin Civic Trust whose tagline is to recognise and protect the city’s architectural heritage.
And the Irish Georgian Society who “conserve, protect, and foster an interest and respect for Ireland’s national heritage.”
So, if you are living in a protected structure or ACA, there are special requirements when considering updates to windows. As I said earlier, the windows contribute to the historic nature of the building and the area. So, in a lot of instances, you will need the guidance of a local conservation architect and planning permission.
Each local authority keeps details of their zoning and their conservation architects on their websites. You will find Timeless Sash Windows listed as a heritage contractor also.
Timeless Sash Windows have been in business for almost 50 years now. Gerry Callaghan started the joinery in 1973 and his son Barry Callaghan is now at the helm. More than half of our work is in the refurbishment of sash windows for listed buildings. We have a large joinery facility and a specialist refurbishment workshop in Co. Meath. To see examples of our work, make an appointment to visit our showroom in Trim.
All our work is carried out with best conservation practise. We ensure adherence to current standards by staying up to date through training and society memberships. We are currently members of the IGS, SPAB, National Guild of Mastercraftsmen, and the Irish Wood and Interiors Network.
Our surveyors will visit your property to assess the condition of the windows. He or she will provide a report outlining the recommended remedial works and associated costs. This will include draught proofing to improve the thermal efficiency of the windows.
We remove the sashes to our workshop in Co. Meath and repair the frames in situ. During the time that the sashes are out, the windows will be sealed by a wooden board to protect the interiors. Our craftsmen remove all the old paint, carry out splice repairs where there is any rot or damage, paint and draught seal the windows. The original glass is conserved where possible. When the sashes and frames are ready, they will be refitted with new cords and re-balanced with the original weights.
To arrange an appointment, visit our Contact page to complete the form and we will be in touch.
15th March 2022, Timeless Sash Windows