The Royal Troon Golf Club, home of the Open Championship, will be a little more comfortable – and quieter – with new sash windows from Halo Fabricator MASTERFRAME.
Even traditionalists have admitted the new PVC-U windows are a big improvement on the original timber, according to officials at the world renowned 138 year old club, and the world’s top golfers will be able to see for themselves when Troon hosts the Open again this year.
Club members had been experiencing problems with heating and noisy air-conditioning and it was felt that new windows would make the club more thermally efficient and a number of them were not even operational, according to Masterframe Windows MD Alan Burgess, himself a passionate golfer.
One of the Club’s members recommended Masterframe to the architect and contractor and the company was called on to produce replacements for the restaurant, the club bar, smoking room, gentlemen's changing rooms, as well as three impressive windows in the Captain's locker room.
“It was something of a tricky project as the windows were fitted behind the original stone mullions,” said Alan, “As a company, sash windows is all we do and we are proud to produce the most authentic, true-to-original timber alternative sash windows in the UK.
“The architect initially specified the windows using information from the our website. We were able to develop the project further by working together to create the ideal, bespoke solution, incorporating parts of the original specification and some of our own recommendations such as butt jointing and dual foils.
“A high quality PVC-U window, created using Halo profile, was chosen to match the existing windows. These alternatives to timber offered the traditional aesthetics the Club wanted to maintain, along with a host of modern benefits. They were fitted behind rebates, without changing the visible sightlines, just like the originals.
“The final specification was a Vintage Traditional window with fully butt jointed frames and sashes, complete with laminated Glass. The windows would be complemented by Antique Brass claw cam catches and bar handles.
Dual foiling was used in different combinations to suit the character of the various rooms, with white woodgrain externally. Interiors featured bright White Woodgrain, Irish Oak and rich Rosewood foils from The Veka UK Group's Variations collection.
Upstairs, there are two unusual London style sash windows that are square on the inside with a full arch on the outside, which gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our technical skill.”
Chris Moran, House Governor of the club said: “The windows are universally acknowledged as being first class and a number of advocates of wood have stated they were wrong and have indicated that the quality of the windows and the fitting has been an outstanding success.”
Source: The Glazine