George Barnsdale to Supply Windows for Former Dickensian Workhouse

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George Barnsdale is delighted to announce it has been chosen to manufacture and install the timber windows for a renowned Grade II listed former workhouse building in Fitzrovia, London. Part of the Bedford Passage Development, the project is being undertaken by University College Hospitals Charity to provide mixed residential and commercial accommodation. The Strand Union Workhouse is said to have been used by Charles Dickens as inspiration for his 1837 novel Oliver Twist and was listed Grade II in 2011.

A total of 119 timber box sliding sash single and double glazed windows will be designed and manufactured by George Barnsdale in the company’s Lincolnshire factory alongside some timber flush casement windows and doorsets. The company’s installation team will fit them this autumn/winter. Commenting on the project, Steve Dixon, Sales Director said “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work on this exciting development. We have delivered timber windows and doors on numerous projects throughout London but this has very special provenance with its links to Dickens and Florence Nightingale. We really do pride ourselves on the part we play in bringing these historical buildings back to life with our bespoke products.”

George Barnsdale’s experience with such commercial projects is extensive and a vast amount of thermal and acoustic data is held by the company from the research it has conducted on behalf of clients. As a result, the team is able to offer the optimum solution in terms of performance whilst retaining the original aesthetic of the building.














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