Vernon Gardens

Ground breaking housing scheme for disabled people

Client:      Guinness Trust

A former care home in Brighton’s Vernon Gardens has been converted to accommodate 10 apartments, fully adapted for disabled use, for adults of all ages with physical disabilities; a conversion which is seen as breaking new ground in social care. The Edwardian buildings feature a wide range of large single glazed timber windows; mostly sash style, in bays including dormer bays with shaped window returns, turret bays and casements with arched heads. It was important to maintain the building style, but it was also necessary to deal with traffic noise and provide high levels of thermal insulation. This required extensive use of the range including three styles of sash window, horizontal sliding systems, hinged casements and curved or shaped fixed panels. The windows were glazed using toughened safety glass with a low emissivity coating. This coating improves the overall thermal efficiency of the window and so reduces the long term heating costs.