Mumford & Wood, timber window and door manufacturer supported the transformation of The iconic STEAMhouse building, launched by Birmingham University late last year. The building has just received The Victorian Society’s Birmingham and West Midlands Conservation Award, in recognition of outstanding restoration.
The STEAMhouse building dates back to 1899 and was seriously damaged by fire in 2007. Previously used as a manufacturer for the Eccles Rubber & Cycle Company this Grade A listed building undertook a £70m transformation to become the creative hub it is today. The space now supports businesses, academics, hosting companies and start-up businesses, supporting enterprise and industry.
Mumford & Wood designed and manufactured 45 bespoke timber windows and door, tailored to fit the unique openings found on the façade of the building.
Matthew Blaylock, Commercial Director, Mumford & Wood states:
“We enjoy the challenges that listed buildings bring, and so with strict planning requirements in place, we understood the importance of replicating the detail of the original windows but offering the performance of a modern day product. Timber Casement windows were designed for the ground and first floor, and Timber Vertical Sliding Spring Sash windows to the second floor. These were chosen from our Conservation range and tailor-made to replicate the original frame margins and Ovolo profiles. It’s always an honour to work on a historic project like this, it’s what our products are designed for.”
Stephen Hartland, chair of the Birmingham & West Midlands Group of the Victorian Society said:
"The Casework team felt that the STEAMhouse was a clear winner, by a country mile. This comes against the backdrop of the disastrous fire in 2007, which caused serious damage to the building, and which makes this award ever so more poignant. Congratulations to Birmingham City University for their vision and dedication in saving this beautiful Victorian heritage asset, for their use, and for our joy and pleasure.”