Wolverton park – places for people

Wolverton Park in Buckinghamshire, once the home of the Royal Train has been developed by Places for People to provide 300 houses and apartments. Seventy-seven of these new homes have been imaginatively built within the Grade 2 listed Royal Train Shed (constructed in 1889) and the adjacent Triangle Building, which is also Grade 2 and constructed in 1845 as a locomotive workshop. This is the second phase of a £45m redevelopment which has already seen 223 homes produced.

Working in close collaboration with English Heritage, architects RPS Planning & Development Ltd., oversaw the meticulous restoration of these architecturally and historically important buildings. Many original features have been retained including the majestic cast iron windows which span the three floors inserted into the Royal Train Shed to provide an extremely light and spacious environment.

Each home provides for modern day living with the emphasis on sustainability – including wind turbines to generate public lighting, solar panels on the roof and secondary glazing, ensuring the homes are energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Secondary glazing specialist Selectaglaze Ltd. was called upon to design sympathetic treatments for both buildings. The Royal Train Shed was very suited to their heavy duty Series 90 vertical sliding system with arched heads, thus complimenting the elegance of the original window design.

The Triangle Building with its fully arched heads needed a different approach. An arched bottom hung hinged casement from their Series 45 range has been linked to a Series 90 vertical sliding unit to match the sight lines and provide full access to the outer window for cleaning or maintenance.

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