Wrightstyle to install composite steel windows in historic London HQ

by Brianna Crandall — February 10, 2017 — Wrightstyle, a U.K.-based advanced steel and aluminum glazing specialist, was recently selected to install highly complex systems in a historic London building that will become the creative headquarters of the Jamie Oliver Group.

The redevelopment of the Fish & Coal buildings, which sit alongside the Regent’s Canal, is part of the wider regeneration of the King’s Cross area, a project that will see 50 new buildings, 1,900 new homes, 20 new streets, and 10 new public parks and squares.

Fish & Coal buildings

The redevelopment of the Fish & Coal buildings (view from Regent’s Canal), is part of the wider regeneration of the King’s Cross area. Photo credit: David Morley Architects

Wrightstyle, with its expertise in maintaining historic façades, was chosen to install 10 Jansen Arte, thermally broken, radiused head composite steel windows, with each arched opening being laser scanned to ensure a perfect fit, since each arch has slightly different dimensions.

The Fish & Coal buildings date back to 1851, as part of Lewis Cubitt’s design for the goods yard, and were used as offices to monitor the flow of freight. The buildings were gutted by fire in the 1980s and have been derelict since then.

The Wrightstyle contract also involves the design and fabrication of thermally broken “feature” steel sub-frames that also had to meet strict aesthetic specifications.

The upper floors of the redeveloped buildings will become the creative center for the Jamie Oliver Group, with the lower-level arches forming part of a new restaurant.

The sensitive restoration is being carried out by David Morley Architects, and the main contractor is BAM Construction. The project is due for completion in the next few months.

Also in the immediate area, Wrightstyle was involved in the redevelopment of the iconic frontage of King’s Cross Station and on adjoining office projects associated with the main station.