The Design Process
The design process is individual to each commission. We work closely with each client and strive to produce designs which are both sympathetic to the situation and aesthetically pleasing. We produce both contemporary and traditional designs and are comfortable producing designs for any setting. From the traditional church design or residential front door or quarter light, to the provision of a design in keeping with the age or decor of your house. Something more contemporary for a new house, public house, restaurant, entrance foyer or office space.
Surveys and Reports
Meridian Stained Glass can supply surveys on the glass in your church to compliment your architects quinquennial report. These surveys can illustrate the condition of the leaded or stained glass in your church and provide recommendations for any action required. Reports can be provided on vandalised glass with recommendations for conservation or simply as a second estimate for insurance purposes. In all instances, guidelines set by the BSMGP (British Society of Master Glass Painters). The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and the C.C.C (Council for the Care of Churches) are adhered to.
Manufacture of new or the repair of old or damaged leaded lights are dealt with on a weekly basis. Manufacturing panels to match existing original glass or the fabrication of new glass for both domestic and business locations.
Conservation and Restoration
The most important and time consuming aspect of working with stained glass is the conservation and restoration as it involves preserving our glass heritage for the future. It is no different here at Meridian Stained Glass. Our back catalogue of work speaks for itself. We have repaired everything from Medieval glass through to late Victorian, including work by artists and studios such as Heaton, Butler and Bayne, Ward and Hughes, Clayton and Bell, Harry Clarke, Henry Holiday, Charles Clutterbuck, Thomas Willament, Charles Earner Kempe and Christopher Whall.
All conversation techniques used by Meridian Stained Glass are fully reversible. We find it beneficial to liaise closely with architects and Diocesan Advisory Committees as advisement for photographic records can be given in conjunction with architects reports.
Metal Hoppers, Metal Casements and Protective Grills
New metal casements and hoppers can be made to replace old or worn frames beyond refurbishment. either to match existing or in the case of of Churches, to create cross ventilation which reduces condensation. In some cases old casements and hoppers can be refurbished by sandblasting and re coating. Stainless steel wire mesh grilles in a black finish can be provided as vandalism protection. As an alternative, polycarbonate sheeting can be provided.
Not only is it possible to have newly made leaded panels installed into sealed units but in many cases old leaded lights can be adjusted to fit into sealed units. For example, if you have existing leaded glass in wooden frames and you intended to replace the wooden frames with uPVC you could adjust the old leaded lights to fit the new sealed units to keep the aesthetic look of your home.