Building relationships with building owners

Many glazing companies don’t get to create lasting working relationships with clients as their work on a property is generally a one-off installation project. Whilst we love working on one-off projects, whether that be in someone’s gorgeous period home or historic buildings such as cathedrals and universities, we feel really lucky that we do get to build long-lasting relationships with some of our customers. One such relationship we have is with Hatfield Estates in Hertfordshire.

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Preserving the capital’s captivating history

We love working on historic buildings across the UK, but there’s something about preserving the history of our capital that engenders an extra sense of pride. One of our latest projects takes us into the heart of Mayfair, to one of the first Georgian squares to have been built in the 1720s in the West End of London, Hanover Square.

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Are your rental homes E-rated?

If you’re a landlord, take note! Your rental property needs to meet the required energy performance target. This is something we’ve been helping several of our customers with over the past two years, including Gascoyne Holdings and Overbury Estates. Through the installation of secondary glazing, we’ve helped towards ensuring their rental properties meet the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations.

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We hope you’ve decked your halls and are all ready for the festive period

We hope you’ve decked your halls and are all ready for the festive period. It’s looking very Christmassy here at our offices and our install teams are loving the decorations and celebratory atmosphere as they travel to their various sites across the country. The end of another year, and a great time to look back and reflect on achievements over the past twelve months. We can’t help but feel proud of all we’ve accomplished here at Storm.

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Bathing in joy of Bath project

Best known (and named) for its Roman-built baths, the spa city dates back to c. 60 AD when it became ‘Aquae Sulis’ or ‘the waters of Sul’ in the valley of the River Avon. Grand architecture has added to its Roman roots across the centuries boosting the historical significance of the city and growing it to become the largest in the county of Somerset.

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New year = new projects = new team members at Storm!

We’re thrilled to be expanding our team ready for the new year, with three new employees joining us to help fulfil our growing workload.

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Martin’s Movember

And from one former director’s fundraising efforts to another - Jayne’s dad Martin grew a mo for Movember!

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A decade of donations

They say Christmas should stay with you throughout the year, and there’s one member of our Storm team we feel deserves recognition for keeping the spirit of giving alive beyond the festive season.

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Storming onto new Black Country Monopoly Board!

We happen to love a good board game here in the Storm offices, and there’s none more famous than Monopoly.

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Storm make a welcome return to Church projects

We have talked previously about how our secondary glazing can play an important role in preserving the stunning windows of churches and cathedrals.

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Rubbing shoulders with the redcoats

No, we haven’t been replacing windows at Butlins holiday camps…The redcoats to which we refer are none other than the amazing Chelsea Pensioners! Some of the 300 veterans who now reside within the walls of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea have become stars of stage and screen, most recently, producing the 2019 winner of Britain’s Got Talent - Colin Thackery.

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New addition to the Storm family

We're thrilled to welcome to the world baby Mollie Olivia Parkes!

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Under 8s up their game with Storm sponsorship

You might be gearing up for the Rugby World Cup later this year, but closer to home local clubs are also raring for the rugby season to start.

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Photography at Storm Windows

Storm staff had to prepare for their close-ups this month as we updated our bank of professional team photos.

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Extended payment window makes glazing more affordable

Homeowners can now reap the rewards of warmer, more cost-efficient homes without the stress of a substantial initial outlay, by fitting secondary glazing on an affordable payment plan.

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Enchanted by the olde worlde charm of Overbury Estate

Very few country estates in Britain have maintained their manorial presence of old, embedded in the community and acting as overseers of the villages in which they stand. Worcestershire’s Overbury Estate, however, is a remarkable example where this historic authority remains very much alive.

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Storm - helping restore and renovate beautiful buildings across the UK

Are you wistfully waiting for summer to break? Looking forward to the light, warm evenings and days of basking in the sun? To help pass the time until the sun gets his hat on, you might be considering a fresh look for your living spaces that will make the most of that summer light we’re sure is on its way.

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Dynamic duo drive business forward as new directors

Storm is extremely proud of its heritage as a family-run business, and the founders couldn’t be more proud of their family members who have been formally recognised for their hard work in driving growth by being made directors.

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Big bangs provide perfect test for Storm windows!

We’ve mentioned before how Storm’s bespoke secondary glazing helps reduce noise levels. Never has this been tested quite so completely, however, as with a project we’re undertaking with Salford University.

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Colour-matched window frames give 2019’s new decor trends the edge

It seems 2019 is the year of Mother Earth where décor is concerned. Nature-inspired hues of earthy browns, leafy greens and elegant blues are accented by feminine, dusky rose pinks and a slightly bolder bronze bringing the warmth of summer forests into our living spaces.

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Preserving an iconic building for future generatons!

Have you ever wondered why university buildings are architecturally grandiose and imposing? They are simply learning spaces, after all. Should they not be functional and practical rather than remarkable and ornate?

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Could noise pollution be affecting your health?

As life gets busier, it can be difficult to keep the outside out. Towns and villages continue to expand and commuter traffic increases, meaning period properties which might once have stood on a quiet country road, or distanced from the daily hustle and bustle, often find themselves surrounded by activity.

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Summer maintenance in the frame

Original wooden windows and frames can look stunning on a period property, but their magnificence comes at a price. Unlike modern UPVC windows, annual maintenance is essential to keep wood looking its best.

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Bright sunshine ushers in a bright future for Jayne and Miles

We couldn’t let a Storm wedding pass by without a mention – and a big congratulations from the team!

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Work at the National Trust's Plas Newydd House

It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the history of the magnificent houses we work on. One of our latest projects for the National Trust, the stunning Plas Newydd mansion of Anglesey, is steeped in historical tales having housed a string of marquesses across five centuries, from the 1500s to the 1900s.

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Secondary glazing provides divine solution for church windows

Feature windows have played a crucial role in church architecture throughout the ages, with shapes and styles changing to fit the trends of the times. Works of art in themselves, they contribute to a church’s majesty, and the ambience they create adds an extra dimension to the experience of worship within.

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Spring into action with your annual house maintenance

We’re loving seeing the blossom on trees and beautiful daffodils in gardens as we drive around the UK to our various clients’ premises. Spring is finally here, meaning we can un-batten the hatches a little and recover from the gales and wintry weather.

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The expanding Storm

There’s no better way to keep progressing as a company than to bring on-board new people. Your team doesn’t just grow in number, it expands its skill and knowledge base and brings new experiences and fresh vision to your organisation.

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Helping transform Overton House - a landmark Cheltenham building

We love seeing beautiful old buildings modernised and re-purposed, so they can be enjoyed and used every day. Combining old and new is a great way of retaining the charm and heritage of an area, whilst providing practical and functional space either for the community or commercial use.

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Does your winter heating bill get you hot under the collar?

Does it feel like winter’s been with us for a very long time? Perhaps it’s because we were spoilt this year with a fabulous summer – but that seems a far distant memory to us right now! If the last couple of years are anything to go by, we may still have some battening of hatches to do. The Beast from the East brought snow through to March last year (sorry to remind you).

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Why detail has our undivided attention

We spent last weekend talking to the owners of some of Britain’s most beautiful buildings, whilst exhibiting at the Listed Property Owners Show in London.

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Storm enlisted for £4 Million restoration project

A documentary on a renovation project involving Storm was recently shown on Channel 4’s sister station More4. £4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue is a two-part series covering work that took place at Llwyn Celyn, a medieval hall house located in the Black Mountains.

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Round-up of our 2018 shows and exhibitions

We always like to have a presence at various shows during the year and we hand-pick these for their suitability and how they fit in with the service that we offer.

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Kingswood Meeting House

Another project that we are delighted to be involved with is the restoration of Kingswood Meeting House located in Hollywood, Birmingham.

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Ednam Road, Dudley

A quick update on the work we’ve been doing on Ednam Road in Dudley. This is a project that we surveyed earlier in the year, involving the conversion of period properties into new apartments.

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Cannock Mill

Working as part of a regeneration team, we have been collaborating closely with the Cannock Mill Cohousing group in Colchester and Anne Thorne Architects (who referred us to the project) to convert Cannock Mill into 23 new homes.

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The National Galleries of Scotland

It was an honour and privilege to be work on the beautiful National Galleries of Scotland. Home to Scotland’s national collection of fine art from the early renaissance right to the end of the 19th century, the National Gallery is a sight to behold.

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Grantley Hall Hotel and Spa

Another project that we’re about to get our teeth into is for a range of glazing units for Grantley Hall Hotel and Spa.

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Hatfield House and Park

The sprawling estate of Hatfield House and Park in Hertfordshire is a sight to behold.

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Bury Street for The Crown Estate

It’s always great to get called back by previous clients that you’ve really enjoyed working with, so it was nice to get the call from The Crown Estate when they wanted us to do more work on their Bury Street operation in the heart of London.

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Travelling in style with a our shiny new van

Over the past few months we’ve also been focusing internally on our business and seeing how we can improve our working environment as well as our vehicles.

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Residential properties

We’ve certainly been putting in some mileage over the last few months travelling the length and breadth of the country, fitting beautiful residential properties from bonny Scotland right down to the English Riviera in Devon.

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Biking the Batham pub trail

Last year George Parkes did the Bathams 9 sponsored cycle ride where, for charity, 9 of Bathams fabulous pubs form a part of a sponsored cycle ride.

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Old Post Office Building, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Another project that has been occupying our time over the last few weeks is the Old Post Office Building in the historic Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham.

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National Trust's West Lodge

It’s always a pleasure to work in the beautiful Cotswolds so we jumped at the chance of working on West Lodge in Sherborne, Gloucester when the National Trust asked us for our assistance.

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Bath - one of our favourite cities

As specialists on working with listed buildings then it’s easy to see why Bath is one of our favourite cities to work in.

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The Manor House at Edenbridge

Another project that we’re getting our teeth stuck into currently is the Manor House at Edenbridge.

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Why being in great shape is so important to us!

Feeling out of sorts because your windows are out of square? It’s not a problem for us - our bespoke service means we can help you, however odd or unusual your primary window shape is!

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Ampleforth Monastery

Founded in 1802, this extraordinarily beautiful building in historic York is home to a community of more than 55 monks. We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen to work on such an important building.

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Storm enlisted for £4 Million restoration

A documentary on a renovation project involving Storm was recently shown on Channel 4’s sister station More4. £4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue is a two-part series covering work that took place at Llwyn Celyn, a medieval hall house located in the Black Mountains.

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Our highlights of 2018!

What a year it has been. It’s been one of our busiest ever years and we’ve worked on so many fantastic projects we thought we would re-cap on a few of our favourites in this newsletter as well as touch on some of the other activities that have shaped our year.

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Why period homes remain a favourite amongst Britons

There are few signs of the British public falling out of love with the classic period property. Study after study shows that Britons still prefer to purchase period properties over new builds. Read on to find out more about what keeps homeowners interested in properties that date back centuries and have a wealth of history attached to them.

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How original sash windows can be energy efficient

Sash windows have timeless appeal and can be found on historic and period properties across the UK. Unfortunately, they are not known for their energy-efficiency despite being renowned for their visual appeal. Most sash windows are single glazed, with many having poor quality sealing around their frames and glazing. Nonetheless, there are steps that you can take to improve energy-efficiency if you are an owner of sash windows. Let’s explore how…

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Storm and Q-Cards

Continuous professional development is a key element of working in the glazing industry and over the past 12 months our team of surveyors and installers – Oliver, Warwick, Andy and Mitch – have been going through the process of studying for a HND in Secondary Glazing.

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Preparing your windows for secondary glazing

As well as working on well-known, historically important buildings we also do our fair share of domestic work and in this month’s blog we thought we would focus on what you need to do to prepare your windows for secondary glazing and why you should act now if you want them ready in time for winter.

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Storm at Lindisfarne Castle

Earlier this year, we were awarded a contract to install secondary glazing at the National Trust Lindisfarne Castle.

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Lindisfarne Castle

We have a new and exciting project at Lindisfarne Castle which we're thrilled about!

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Working with Listed Buildings

There are currently around half a million officially listed buildings in England and Wales and while they are always keenly sought after when they come onto the market, owning and living in a listed property is not always easy. All listed buildings come with a number of rules, regulations and restrictions which can severely limit the kind of work and alterations that you may wish to carry out.

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A Fond Farewell to Guy Griffiths

So, it’s with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Guy Griffiths. Guy is leaving us for an exciting new venture that is close to his heart. He is going to be working with his Brother at their family business, Hi-Tech Motorsport and we couldn’t be more pleased for him (even though it leaves a sizable Guy-shaped hole in our company!).

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Brook House Refurbishment

We have recently worked on an interesting project involving a residential property called Brook House in a conservation area.

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Our work with Architects

At Storm Windows we know that the success of every restoration project relies not only on the expertise of each of the players involved, but also on the strength of their collaboration. This is why when it comes to projects of considerable scope- projects where teams of architects are involved- it's very important for us work closely with those architects.

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Soho House Restoration

Our recent collaboration with Soda Architects on the restoration of Soho House is a project we’re very proud of and a good example of how we work closely with Architects to achieve the best results for our clients.

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How to Care for Period Windows

At Storm, we specialise in manufacturing and installing bespoke secondary glazing for a wide range of historic, classic and listed properties around the UK. If you’re not entirely sure what installing secondary glazing means, it generally refers to adding an extra internal window behind an original window that cannot be seen from the outside. We are able to provide secondary glazing for many types of windows, such as sash, casement and York sliders, as well as Norman, Gothic and Ogee windows and arches.

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Our vision for 2018

We’re really looking forward to 2018 and are hitting the ground running when it comes to some brilliang projects under way.

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A storming 12 months – what 2017 has meant to us!

What a year it has been! We’ve been so thankful for all the brilliant opportunities that have come our way as we have covered the length and breadth of Britain on some fascinating projects.

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Our windows – which one is for you?

Do you know your sash from your casement window? Here’s a rundown of all the windows we can work on - with their uses and benefits.

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Meet The Team - James Parkes, Window Assembler and Glazer

Meet James Parkes, a window assembler and glazer! James has been with us for 4 years and here he explains what he likes best about his role.

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Meet The Team - Rav Thethy, Workshop Supervisor

Rav started work as part of our original engineering company back in 1978 and has been an integral part of our team for the past 39 years.

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Carver church brings out our divine craftsmanship

We’re privileged to work across the UK on some fascinating projects, often steeped in history. A latest commission has been particularly special. Because of the important historic element, we were called in by a conservation officer who knew and trusted us from previous work.

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New law focuses on landlords’ EPC ratings

Did you know that a new law requires all residential landlords to have a minimum EPC rating of E?

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Staying snug at home this winter

Is your home losing too much heat? Do you worry that an effective solution may not fit in with your treasured, period home? With mounting energy bills and the challenges of maintaining an historic property, keeping snug can seem a growing challenge --especially in the face of mounting pressures from building regulations. But it doesn’t have to be that way...

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Storm innovation brings secondary glazing solution for listed buildings with curved casement windows

Working with curved glass has always been a challenge. Now, we have pioneered a product that overcomes this obstacle and is suitable for projects that involve a more rounded approach!

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Homeowner - do you have secondary glazing?

Here are Storm we work widely to support historic public and commercial buildings, but our services are also increasingly popular among residential customers.

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George’s pedal power brings charity boost

Our Director George Parkes and his Son Jon Parkes took part in an epic charity bike ride and were among 30 avid fundraisers who recently cycled around 40 miles to different pubs to help Macmillan Cancer Support and The Mary Stevens Hospice. We'd like to say a massive well done to all involved!

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Did you know we've worked on dozens of National Trust properties?

One of which is Attingham Park, an English country house and estate in Shropshire. Situated near the village of Atcham, it is owned and maintained by the National Trust as a Grade I listed building.

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Meet The Team - Kerry Henderson, Sales and Health & Safety

Kerry is often the first point of contact and you will probably find yourself chatting on the phone to her when you call the office! Here she explains a little more about the role she does and why she enjoys it.

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Meet the Team - Shaun Tibbetts, Glass Cutter and Window Assembler

Having our own team of skilled craftsmen allows us to offer the professional, totally bespoke service that we do. And Shaun plays a big part in that!

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National Trust programme has been a real treasure!

Have you been watching the Channel Five series about the National Trust?

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It’s warmer down south – thanks to our glazing!

It’s always a pleasure to work in the Capital – there’s such a great mixture of architecture everywhere. Tower blocks sit cheek by jowl with Georgian terraces and post-war semis, but somehow, it all works visually!

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Meet The Team - Jayne Walford, Office and Accounts Manager

As our office and accounts manager, Jayne helps keep our business ticking, working away behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly! Here she explains a little more about the role she does and why she enjoys it.

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Meet the Team - Oliver Parkes, Surveyor/Fitter

Of all the team we will introduce you to in this feature, Oliver is the one our customers are most likely to meet, as he travels the country, advising on glazing, measuring up and then installing our products – he is very much the public face of what we do! Here he explains just what his role entails, and what he loves about it.

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Cutting draughts – and heating bills!

We all know how expensive London property is, so saving money on other expenditure, such as heating bills, must be especially welcome in the capital.

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Our Christmas opening hours

Just to let you know, we will be finishing for the festive break at noon on Wednesday, December 21 and returning on Tuesday, January 3 2017. We hope you all enjoy the holiday

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Meet The Team - Mitchell Reece, Technical Manager

Every month, we’d like to introduce you to a different member of our team. Some of them work directly with our customers, but many work behind the scenes, in our workshop or offices, so we’ll bring you a snapshot of what they get up to, and the part they play in bringing you our bespoke secondary glazing!

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Shining some light on our latest project

We are so privileged at Storm to be able to work on some truly historic buildings – and knowing that we are helping to bring them back to their former glory.

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Historic houses - and coping with their upkeep

The venue for the Historic Houses Association seminar this month was certainly fitting – what an impressive building!

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Our windows - at the heart of your home!

Home is Where the Heart Is – the title of the latest conference day we attended really struck a chord with us.

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Race offers some light relief for hospice

Congratulations to Jayne, from our management team, who completed the Neon Night Run recently to help raise more than £500 for local hospice, Mary Stevens.

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New wooden-finish look

At Storm Windows, we may deal with historic properties, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past!

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Storm chips in to help 'Ryder Cup'

We were delighted to sponsor this year’s ‘Ryder Cup’ event in Shropshire in July.

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