James Wade has acted on behalf of Arrol Architects as architect for a series of repairs to three important Georgian windows at St Alkmund’s, Shrewsbury, that were constructed in cast iron at nearby Coalbrookdale.
Due to lack of maintenance during the twentieth century, water had penetrated between the castings, causing significant corrosion to the iron. Damage had also been caused to the surrounding stonework, due to the rust-jacking effect, including disruption of the parapets above the windows. Arrol Architects worked with Dorothea Restorations on the repairs to the window metalwork, as well as with Keith and Sue Brettle on the glazing repairs.
Work was meticulously carried out to ensure that as much original material as possible was retained and conserved, whilst replacements were sensitive to the existing structures. The project has since been highly praised, winning The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ John Betjeman Award.