REHAU provides ideal door solution for Victorian mansion hotel

  • 8 May 2019

REHAU customer, GRM was recently chosen to deliver sound advice and high-quality products in short time frame for the refurbishment of a Victorian mansion in South Wales.

GRM is a family business based in Llantrisant in South Wales and has been a REHAU customer for 20 years. GRM fabricates a full range of AGILA doors, including multi-fold, Passivhaus, and the AGILA sliding door.

In September 2017, GRM was contacted by local developer David Edwards, who was refurbishing the nearby Lanelay Hall into a five-star boutique hotel. The developer needed to source doors for the rear of the building, where the accommodation and a gym both backed on to a private courtyard and enclosed pool area. Doors were required to open out from the pool onto the courtyard, however, it was crucial that they were as close to the original style of the building.

Richard Gambling, managing director at GRM, comments: “The developer was really struggling to find a door solution for the property, and other suppliers weren’t coming up with a good product offer or were quoting lead times of up to 5 weeks, which would send the project completely off track. We have a long-standing relationship with the builder on the project, so he asked me to go over and see what GRM might be able to do.

“Having studied Architecture at university and now with over 20 years experience in the design and manufacture of windows and doors, I felt I was well placed to think of some alternative solutions for the project. We discussed some ideas and I took some measurements and came up with an installation that they liked – and better still, we could deliver it quickly.”

Using the AGILA multi-fold door system, Richard designed an installation which would create a strong connection between the Hall and its beautiful outdoor area. The AGILA multi-fold offers narrow sight lines when closed, and a completely unobstructed view when fully opened to really bring the outside, inside.

Compatible with REHAU’s TOTAL70 ancillary products, the doors feature duel compression seals to provide the best possible weather performance and a thermally broken threshold to reduce heat loss and the chance of condensation gathering on the inside. Plus, the doors come with a full range of glazing options, including triple glazing for maximum thermal efficiency.

REHAU’s sliding doors were also installed at Lanelay Hall, opening from the pool area into the courtyard to allow the two to feel like one during warm periods.

The AGILA sliding doors offer large span patio and entrance door options which create a feeling of openness in any room and can achieve a PAS24 security rating. GRM offers the AGILA sliding doors on a dual track and the new triple track, which delivers 3, 4 or 6 pane options opening from left, right or the centre for complete flexibility.

Richard explains: “To complete the look, and ensure the modern doors didn’t look out of place in the Victorian building, we integrated the PVC doors into bespoke timber screens to fill the stone arched opening. This was opposed to leaving the PVC-U white, which would be in contract to the rest of the glazing. The doors were sprayed Smooth Anthracite grey using Acryl II paint. This gave a flatter, painted timber style look – similar to the Hall’s original windows.”

Mark Collins, Area Sales Manager from REHAU, concludes: “What REHAU offers is the building blocks for a great installation, and with fabricators like GRM adding some skill, imagination and technical excellence to our products, the results can be truly outstanding.”


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