Colchester Borough Homes - conservation area refurbishment

Replacement of windows and doors to circa 160 properties in the Dutch Quarter conservation area of Colchester.


"Conservation architect assists with repair works to social housing properties in Dutch Quarter of Colchester"

To remove and replace all existing rotting timber windows and street facing doors in a development of flats and a small number of houses constructed in phases in the 1970s. Inkpen Downie carefully considered proposals of replacement windows to be sympathetic to the original look and form of existing windows whilst complying with current building regulations and planning restraints within the conservation area.

  • Planning consent in a conservation area
  • Liaison with planners and conservation officer
  • Specification for almost 800 windows of varying types
  • Tender Documents
  • Contractual issues resolved
  • Intense programme delivered
  • Liaison with leaseholders and other tenants

Highlights of the project included working successfully alongside our conservation architect with Colchester Borough Homes to overcome planning, tender and contractual issues to implement the replacement of rotten timber sash (and a few casement) windows with more modern and robust aluminium windows.

The project enhanced the aesthetic value of the area whilst reducing the maintenance costs to the housing provider and increasing the comfort levels and living standards of their tenants.

Pitfalls of the project mainly related to planning issues – particularly in relation to the modern replacement windows that would satisfy aesthetic and functional requirements to accommodate both the Client and the Planning Authority.

Guidelines from our in house conservation architect assisted in producing the specification to source suitable products.

Managing the programme to replace almost 800 windows and 135 doors was a huge challenge but was overcome by methodically dividing the work into phases in order of window types.


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