Brighton Department Store
Replacement and Refurbishment of Existing Gothic Style Windows - Brighton
Specialist joinery firm Howard Joinery were chosen to assist with joinery refurbishment of the old Debenhams store in Brighton, part of it a Grade II listed building. In a £7.5 million project, the store is being transformed into shops, a restaurant and 21 luxury apartments.
The building was designed in 1823 as a private house, known originally at Gothic House and later the Priory. During its 100 year life as a department store, from 1898 to 1998, the building underwent various extensions which resulted in a rambling building, but the present owners of the building Awan International were determined to restore it to its former glory.
As part of the scheme Howard Joinery restored and replaced the gothic windows. The original windows were taken to Howard Joinery’s works in Dover, where they were meticulously restored, taking care to replicate every detail of the original. This was an exciting challenge for Howard’s skilled joiners and carpenters who take great pride in undertaking this type of heritage joinery.
The end result is windows identical to the 19th century originals in a building which will now have a vibrant future into the 21st Century and hopefully beyond.