Hunter Price
Chartered Architects

Ealing Village

 

Ealing Village


Repair and maintenance works to Ealing Village. Including window replacement [part], roof and dormer repairs and replacement [part], roof insulation and over-roofing, concrete and masonry repairs, steelwork repairs, repair and replacement [part] of external staircases, brickwork re-pointing [part] and decoration of all external areas.

Approval was obtained for planning permission and listed building consent. These works are the first phase of a programme of maintenance and repair of all of the five blocks of flats at Ealing Village. The works proposed follow a report on the condition of the buildings and subsequent recommendations. The works form part of a cyclical maintenance programme. Supporting documents included condition reports, surveys, maintenance proposals, schedules of work and drawings.

Ealing Village was built in 1934-36, designed by R Thomas and Partners for Bell Property in Dutch Colonial style. The idea was to create a mini-Hollywood to attract film stars from Ealing Studios. It had a clubhouse, swimming pool and tennis court, bowling green and croquet lawn, and the interiors included advanced features such as fitted kitchens and high-specification materials, including red pitch pine tongue and groove flooring from Canada.

Originally only the main elevations were painted white. The ground floor patios, entrance pillars and the clubhouse were unpainted brick. 

Ealing Village had languished under a private landlord until residents bought the freehold, therefore they are now able to deliver a programme to restore the buildings. 

Replacement Windows:
The original windows have been in place for c.80 years and, whilst a small percentage have been replaced in recent years, the majority have long passed their reasonable life expectancy and are now allowing the penetration of water to damage the landlord’s property (and that of the leaseholders) and are in urgent need of replacement.

As a listed building accepted thinking is that existing windows should be repaired or replaced on a like for like basis i.e. steel windows, single glazed. Global awareness of the importance of energy costs and savings coupled with improvements in the
appearance of double glazed windows lead Hunter Price to recommended replacement steel windows with double glazing. This would provide the benefits of increased thermal performance and sound insulation leaseholders. Exemptions are possible in relation to the Building Regulations when dealing with a listed building. However if an acceptable double glazed window is available we believe the importance of the increasing levels of thermal insulation required by part
Part L cannot be ignored. An independent Energy Cost Assessment provided a ten year energy analysis of window replacement and roof insulation showing the benefit of double glazing. A recent noise survey has confirmed that all flats are noise affected from the adjacent railway and main road. Flats worst affected suffer from high noise levels giving rise to internal noise levels that would not comply with current standards. The provision of new windows with effective weather stripping and double glazing will significantly improve the living conditions for leaseholders.

Appearance is an important factor in the proposals to replace most or all existing windows however a cost analysis has also identified long term cost savings relating to future maintenance and repair if most or all windows are replaced. The development of an acceptable replacement window has been prolonged and at times controversial. The process included invitations to possible suppliers to provide sample windows for evaluation. It has been agreed with the Conservation Officer and English Heritage that the proposed double glazed window would be an acceptable replacement for the existing single glazed windows. To avoid the unnecessary removal of original fabric it is proposed that the 9% of windows identified as in good condition are retained.