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UK Architectural Antiques. Suppliers of cast iron radiators and interiors


 20. June 2009 15:28

New Home for UKAA and UK Cast Iron Radiators

After 2 years of planning the new showroom for UKAA has finally started. I will be updating the Blog with images to show the progress of the works. The works are beign carried out by TS Contracts from Great Wyrley, thanks to the help of Phil Hadley the MD of TS Contracts.

Site before

The ground works were started in early June, and the main frame was started on Thursday 18/06/09. See the progress in the images below.


Site Levelled

Steel coming in

Thursday 18th June 2009 - steel frame erected

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 5. May 2009 16:26

Create your own Cast Iron Radiators

UKAA are proud to be able to offer you this exclusive range of high quality Bespoke Cast Iron Radiators. Cast Iron Radiators are now an essential centrepiece that serves a functional purpose as well as being a stylish accessory to complement any interior. The range of Cast Iron Radiators that we can offer you includes - Cherub, Daisy, Victorian, Windsor, Orleans and the Deco. This excellent range of Cast Iron Radiators can be made to your bespoke lengths and finished in a choice of either, Grey Oxide Primer, Full Polish, Highlighted Polish, Antiqued Finish or Spray Painted in your choice of colour.

Create your own Bespoke Cast Iron Radiators
Radiators to Go that we have for sale

To compliment this range of Cast Iron Radiators we can offer a choice of either Thermostatic or manually operated Radiator Valves, both of these valves are available in either a Brass or Chrome Finish. A choice of two Radiator wall stays is also available.
This range of Cast Iron Radiators combined with Vivienne’s first class customer service will make buying Radiators a pleasurable experience. Excellent Products and a First Class Service!!

Before the new Cast Iron Radiators became available we would firstly salvage an old radiator from churches, hospitals or schools, we would remove all of the old paint and finally repaint it and re-test it. Unfortunately we would then have problems a few months down the line with faulty gaskets or even pin holes in the cast iron, this was too late as the radiator by now was fitted in a newly decorated house. We also always had problems with suitability, often customers would have to make do with what height, width and style of radiators were available at the time. The answer has been the replica models that we now stock; they are exact copies of salvaged radiators, which we can guarantee them for 10yrs. We can offer you a vast array of styles, height and literally any width. The radiators that we sell are a piece of furniture, and are a real asset to a home. A choice of finishes is also available.Cast Iron Radiators - Some Manufacturing HistoryCast iron radiators as we know them, can date as far back as the early 1830’s. The ingenious sectional design (see image on right) of these cast iron radiators gave the manufacturers of the day an immensely flexible product, where by simply attaching individual sections of radiator together one by one, it was possible to assemble radiators in various sizes and heat outputs. Another major advantage to this design was the ability to be able to assemble radiators to fit into awkward spaces such as window bays and alcoves. The overall design of these radiators meant that in most cases, it would be possible to supply radiators that would produce an ample supply of heat in any given situation, and at the same time be aesthetically pleasing in terms of proportions. Another major benefit in producing radiators in a sectional format was to eliminate the problems involved in having to man handle and transport the larger radiators that in some cases could weigh in excess of half a ton. Instead these larger radiators were delivered to the jobsite in a dismantled state, where they would be assembled by a heating engineer a few feet away from their point of operation, slid into position and plumbed in.
The History of the Cast Iron RadiatorThe history of cast iron radiators can be traced right back to the early 18th century with America leading the way with their invention. Perhaps the earliest form of radiators as we know them today was invented by Joseph Nason and Robert Brigss (1863), their design used vertical wrought iron tubes screwed into a cast iron base. Soon after this Nelson H Bundy (1872) invented the ‘Bundy Loop’, a cast iron radiator which became increasingly popular and played an important role in the advancement in the birth of our modern day radiators. The design of the cast iron radiator passed through many stages with continuous development especially during the Victorian period when cast iron became a decorative feature within the home. However, it wasn’t really until the early 20th century that cast iron radiators brought central heating to Britain; in fact very few homes had the luxury of central heating until well into the 1950s. There are a number of modern replica Victorian cast iron radiators available which can be used in conjunction with other radiators and forms of heating. To recreate the elegance of the Victorian & Edwardian interiors, a ‘Nouveau’ look can be created by installing a cast iron radiator with a scrolled elaborate detailed design. A more Victorian look can also be achieved with column cast iron radiators replicated from the 19th century. The Victorian style cast iron radiators also lend themselves perfectly to a more contemporary interior especially with modern day conversions of warehouses, barns and attics.

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