Curved sash windows – Briar Bank Terrace

Briarbank Terrace is situated in the Shandon colonies. The original sash and case windows had all been removed from this property and replaced with fixed glass panes.

Our client decided to reinstate the timber windows and a particular feature of the property’s windows were the curved tops, as seen in the adjacent pictures. Each curved top window is unique and templates were made on-site for each sash and case to ensure it matched the existing stonework.

To ensure the new windows were in keeping with the original style, we visited a neighbouring property which still retained their original windows and used these as a basis for the new windows. We took templates from the curved stone arches and our machinists then created each curved top by hand, to ensure a perfect match to the templates.

The use of traditional high quality ironmongery added to the traditional feel of the windows. Our client has enhanced the original windows by upgrading to double glazed sashes – slim double glazed units were used to ensure that the over all visual effect of the windows has been maintained. The end result certainly meets the requirements of the conservation principles to restore and enhance the properties.

At the rear of the property we manufactured a double glazed French door set with a glazed fanlight for the rear of the property. Although French Doors are not an original feature of these properties – the astragalled glazed panels and detailing on the door ensure that it is in keeping with the building original style. The door was fitted with a heavy duty 3 part door locking system to ensure ease of use and security.

Briarbank Terrace is part of the 19th Century housing development which is laid out like a fishbone known as Shaftesbury Park Colonies and is situated in North Merchiston in an area known as Shandon. These colonies houses were specifically designed by the Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company to provide housing which, unlike tenements developments, gave families their own front door and garden. In Shandon, the original doors and windows, including their detailing, materials and method of opening make a significant contribution to the historic and architectural character of conservation area.

“Edinburgh Sash and Case fitted our windows to extremely high standards. The team that completed the job were friendly, polite and always respected our home. They tidied up at the end of each day and often went over and above their remit to ensure we were not inconvenienced at all. Any questions or worries we might have had were always quickly answered by either the team at our house or Collette in the office. In fact, the company directors even turned up on a couple of occasions to ensure that everything was going well. We researched the market thoroughly before we hired Edinburgh Sash and Case – and we are very glad we did. We are delighted with the finished job. And we have already had a number of admiring comments from our neighbours.”

– Claire Laing


12 December, 2017


Case Studies, Curved Sashes