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In January 2017 Darren and Gill Harris bought The Roebuck public house with the intention of creating a thriving business offering exemplary food and drink to their clientele. Located in the picturesque village of Draycott in the Clay in East Staffordshire the pub was extremely rundown and was in need of complete refurbishment. It’s also on the busy A515 between Sudbury and Ashbourne that has a constant stream of heavy traffic including noisy articulated lorries passing by. Not only did Darren and Gill need a complete set of windows for both the public and private areas of the building they also required two secure doors. In addition, the products had to look stylish whilst harmonising with the period look of the property.

New windows and doors needed for an Inn refurbishment

The pub is a period property so the new windows and doors needed to be in keeping with the property’s traditional look and feel whilst being stylish to enhance the overall aesthetic of the building. Other product considerations included robust security, excellent thermal efficiency and good noise abatement properties to help keep the sound of traffic from the busy road outside to a minimum. The installation also needed to be fitted into the tight build schedule to ensure The Roebuck would meet its opening launch date of April 2017.

A unique window and door solution

Our Designer, Dennis Merritt, visited Darren and Gill at The Roebuck when the initial renovations were taking place. During their Design Consultation, he listened to their requirements taking special notice that the project involved installing products that would be used in a both a commercial and domestic setting.

After having a good look around the building Dennis concluded that nineteen windows and two doors in total were required. He suggested a mixture of uPVC flush casement, sliding sash and picture windows. These styles would maintain the character of the building whilst providing an excellent level of security and energy efficiency. For the doors, he specified two composite door models from our Flint Cottage range.

The profile of our flush casement window range has a clean finish, both on the interior and exterior, with the window neatly sitting flush within the face of the frame. It’s an elegant choice that works well on both period and modern properties alike and was the perfect choice for the refined eating area and two of the private rooms upstairs. Flush casement windows also boast an A+ Energy Rating from the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) which was also important as this would help with keeping fuels bills down, which is always an important consideration.

Our sliding sash windows imitate the look and style of traditional sash windows for period properties. Operating like a traditional box sash window, but without the bulky weight and pulley system, both the top and bottom sashes effortlessly slide up and down on a low resistance track system. These styles were used in the bar area and in two of the bedrooms upstairs, incorporating vertical astragal bars to recreate a timeless aesthetic. The picture windows, that were also installed in the bar, are essentially fixed double glazed units in a frame manufactured to the specific shape of the aperture which in this case was an arch.

All Stormclad windows and doors come in a huge range of colours. Darren & Gill chose a tasteful anthracite grey on the outside and white on the inside with chrome handles on the flush casement windows, and chrome fittings on the sliding sash windows. The option of being able to have different colours internally and externally gave them the flexibility to harmonise the design with their plans.

Stormclad composites doors are manufactured in the UK and have a solid 48mm timber core. When this is combined with their extremely robust locking systems it makes them exceptionally secure, which is the level of security that Darren & Gill required for their establishment. They’re also available in twenty different colours of which anthracite grey was the chosen option.

Once the finished specification was agreed for the project, a Stormclad Technical Surveyor visited The Roebuck to finalise the installation plan before the windows and doors were put into production at our UK manufacturing facility. Our Operations Team then worked closely with their project manager overseeing the refurbishment to ensure that the products arrived onsite, and were installed in accordance with the building schedule.

During the installation, our team removed all of the existing windows including the original sash box weight & pulley systems that would have been installed decades ago. They then ensured that the property was weathertight before the other tradesmen on the project undertook their work.

Inside the Roebuck Inn with large aluminium window. Arched aluminium grey windows at the pub.Modern white sash window in inn room.

An Inn ready to reopen its doors

We treat any job the same whether it’s in somebody’s home or has a more commercial element, The Roebuck has both as can be seen in the imagery in the slider. The same design expertise, planning, project management and installation is conducted by Stormclad to ensure it’s delivered to specification and on time.

Darren & Gill were extremely happy with their new windows and doors, and also with the way in which we worked with them to slot neatly into their busy build schedule. The Roebuck opened successfully in April 2017 and since then business has been extremely good. They attract a varied clientele of locals and passing trade at lunchtime and in the evening.

The products have given them exceptionally energy efficient windows and doors, and complete confidence that their business is secure from unwanted intruders. From a design point of view they are benefitting from truly great looking products that are manufactured using only the most up to date production methods for outstanding performance.

Additionally, they have had some tremendous feedback from their customers who have been frequenting The Roebuck since before the refurbishment. Many of them have marvelled at how the new windows and doors have virtually silenced the traffic from the busy road running outside the pub. This is testament to the acoustic properties of our product range.

When we asked Darren about his experience of working with Stormclad this is what he had to say:

“There are many factors that can prove problematic when working to a tight schedule to open a new business. I can categorically say that Stormclad was not one of those factors! From our initial meeting with Dennis through to the Installation Team installing the windows and doors, it’s been seamless. What inevitable issues we had, with a project of this scale, were quickly overcome in a professional and diligent manner with the final result looking superb.

We’ve even had our customers asking which company installed our windows and doors and we’ve happily passed on Stormclad’s details. That’s just goes to show how pleased we were with every aspect of their work. Thanks very much to all involved.”