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.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea has been appealing to raise the £13million needed to modernise the old dormitories of the historic site, built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1682.
The renovation brings the West Wing to 21st century standards so that all the Pensioners in residence have their own bedroom, study space and en suite shower room facilities.
We haven’t met Colin yet, the 89-year-old English Korean War veteran who stormed to victory in this year’s Britain's Got Talent competition, but there’s time for that still as we’ll be on-site over the next twelve months fulfilling our largest contract to date!
(So major is this contract, that we’re looking to expand our team as a result! We will hopefully be able to introduce you all to a new Storm surveyor and fitter very soon. Exciting times!)
Being asked to make the living quarters of the Chelsea Pensioners’ Grade I and II listed home more comfortable is a true honour, giving them warmer and quieter accommodation.
Our glazing system has been tested and re-tested, passing through numerous stages of approval, and we’ve made a number of adaptations to our design to create units that perfectly fit their requirements.
The new, improved unit design allows for the windows to be fully opened, which wasn't possible before. It also has better ventilation and is spring adapted, so it’s a more balanced system and easier to control.
This ongoing development is all part of our commitment as a company to the continual improvement of our secondary glazing system, ensuring we offer the best possible solutions for modern living whilst maintaining the integrity of original windows.
These improvements can now be incorporated in our system moving forward, offering greater benefits to all our Storm clients and customers.
We are also using a new, non-reflective glass which we are importing from Germany. Transporting the 440 sheets of glass for cutting and toughening has involved a whole logistical planning process all its own! But, as ever, our team rise to every challenge.