Gowercroft managing director Andrew Madge (right) with Tony Smith, UK and Ireland business development manager for Pilkington finalise the appointment in the Gowercroft workshop in Alfreton, Derbyshire
High quality timber window and door specialist Gowercroft Joinery has been appointed as an official dealer for Pilkington Spacia™ double glazing units across the UK.
The Derbyshire-based company has extensive experience working with these revolutionary vacuum insulated glass units (VIGs), which combine the thickness of single glazing (6.2mm) with the thermal performance (U-values as low as 0.9W/m2.K) and acoustic benefits equal to standard modern double-glazing – typically 28mm thick.
The dealership agreement represents the formalisation of a relationship, which has developed over the past four years, as Pilkington UK and Gowercroft Joinery have worked together to develop opportunities for Pilkington Spacia within the heritage and listed property market.
Gowercroft is the first specialist manufacturer to have designed an entire range of heritage windows and doors using Pilkington Spacia, combining traditional joinery and craftsmanship with highly innovative design features and products, such as Accoya timber and a unique Sirca paint finish. These products are guaranteed to deliver exceptional performance and zero maintenance for 10 years.
Andrew Madge, managing director of Gowercroft Joinery says: “Having had mounting concerns about the performance and longevity of low sight-line slim double-glazing in heritage properties, we were delighted to find Pilkington Spacia.
“It is the only product on the market which offers the traditional aesthetic, exceptional performance and also an excellent track-record as a reliable product – being in continuous use for well over 20 years. It truly offers owners of historic and traditional styled properties the best of all worlds.”
Since their launch in 2017, Gowercroft’s Richmond flush casement and Winston sliding sash windows have been specified in Listed and historic properties across the country and have also been recognised, for their quality and innovation in several prestigious, national industry awards including 2017 Build it Awards (winner), the 2017 British Woodworking Federation Innovation in Wood Award (finalist) and the 2018 G18 Awards (finalist).
Tony Smith, UK and Ireland business development manager for Pilkington says: “Our relationship with Gowercroft has enabled us to demonstrate the true potential of vacuum glazing technology within the heritage market and beyond, so we are delighted to now appoint Gowercroft as one of our official dealers for Pilkington Spacia VIGs.”
Gowercroft Joinery has a network of six official dealerships now operating in the UK and Ireland to make Pilkington’s ultra-thin vacuum glazing more readily available to homeowners, restoration specialists and developers.