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UK Architectural Antiques. Suppliers of cast iron radiators and interiors

ESTABLISHED 1976

 10. October 2011 11:15

New Offices Showroom and Store for UKAA - Investing for the Future

The builders have started work on our new office block and store room.



We are using reclaimed materials where possible.
We are using reclaimed bricks for a 50m long retaining wall, and the dwarf wall that goes around the building.
We will be using reclaimed tiles for the building roof, reclaimed floor boards for the floors, reclaimed pine doors and we will be making the  kitchen/rest room area cupboards from reclaimed pine.

The heating will be provided by our cast iron radiators.

We are also having a 4Kw solar panel system fitted.



Showing the start of the retaining wall





The builders have cut and glued bricks for the external corner


Showing the cut and glued bricks on the internal corner


The wall has been designed by a local consultant. The strange thing for me was that the wall is sealed from behind, with 3 coats of a bitumen type of paint, then there is a protective board.
Behind the wall is fitted a 6 inch diameter perforated pipe. This is then covered with a 12inch thick wall of gravel, which goes up the full height of the wall.

The theory is that any water is collected in the gravel, diverted to the land drain pipe and is then taken to a soakaway, whereas i thought that we would of fitted weep holes for the water to come through.

Where the wall goes a little higher there is more steel in the footings and steel, mesh and concrete in the cavity.



The steel uprights are shown, there are two sheets of mesh in the footings, then the steel uprights are every 200mm, I have the detailed drawings for retaining walls from 800mm tall to 2m tall, if anyone would like them i can email them to you.

The steel mesh is then fitted to the uprights, the wall is then built and finally the cavity is filled with concrete.


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 9. October 2011 15:47

New Offices for UKAA - Investing for the Future

The builders have started work on our new office block and store room.



We are using reclaimed materials where possible.
We are using reclaimed bricks for a 50m long retaining wall, and the dwarf wall that goes around the building.
We will be using reclaimed tiles for the building roof, reclaimed floor boards for the floors, reclaimed pine doors and we will be making the  kitchen/rest room area cupboards from reclaimed pine.

The heating will be provided by our cast iron radiators.

We are also having a 4Kw solar panel system fitted.



Showing the start of the retaining wall





The builders have cut and glued bricks for the external corner


Showing the cut and glued bricks on the internal corner


The wall has been designed by a local consultant. The strange thing for me was that the wall is sealed from behind, with 3 coats of a bitumen type of paint, then there is a protective board.
Behind the wall is fitted a 6 inch diameter perforated pipe. This is then covered with a 12inch thick wall of gravel, which goes up the full height of the wall.

The theory is that any water is collected in the gravel, diverted to the land drain pipe and is then taken to a soakaway, whereas i thought that we would of fitted weep holes for the water to come through.

Where the wall goes a little higher there is more steel in the footings and steel, mesh and concrete in the cavity.



The steel uprights are shown, there are two sheets of mesh in the footings, then the steel uprights are every 200mm, I have the detailed drawings for retaining walls from 800mm tall to 2m tall, if anyone would like them i can email them to you.

The steel mesh is then fitted to the uprights, the wall is then built and finally the cavity is filled with concrete.


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 8. October 2011 14:56

New items advertised - Marble statues, Urns and a pair of Sphinx

We commisioned several items to be hand carved from solid marble.

The items are now in stock - we have a set of 4 seasons,  two pairs of marble urns and a pair of Sphinx.

All of the items are on plinths.

The four seasons statues weigh 300kg each and are 6ft 6" tall



Set of 4 seasons





Urns on plinths






Pair of Sphinx on Plinths









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 8. October 2011 10:21

Vote Now - Britains Best Antiques Shop

Britains best antiques shops



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Do you have a favourite antiques shop that you can't go past without popping in for a browse?

Is there a dealer who knows about your passion for mid-century glass or vintage scent bottles and phones you up to tell you when he has something exciting in?



BBC Homes and Antiques magazine is offering great prizes - all that you have to do is vote for your favourite antique shop.







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 5. October 2011 14:14

Cast and Wrought Iron Gates and Railings

UKAA buy and sell antique reclaimed and salvaged gates and railings made of wrought and/or cast iron.

Occasionally we discover good gates in Oak or Pine but this is not common.







To compliment our salvaged items we also stock the Heritage range of cast iron gates and railings.

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These products are cast using the traditional methods as used in the Victorian times.

The Heritage range are exact copies using the original patterns.

This allow us to give you the stock required to do a large range of projects, all the items are primered, ready for you to finish in your choice of top coat.



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 20. September 2011 13:56

Electric Radiators



You can have an Electric Radiator that looks like this





In fact you can have any size or style of cast iron radiator - we can then supply you with an electric element that is suitably sized

You then have a free standing electric radiator - but with great style




The elements are available in a range of colours and outputs





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 7. September 2011 10:17

2 New valves added to our range

We have two new valves to add to our range. Both are made by Carron. They are - as with all of our valves  - suitable for use with any of our Cast Iron Radiators.

Carron Antique Brass Throttle Valve








Carron Satin Nickel Daisy Wheel Valve















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 15. August 2011 16:49

Comparing Thermostatic and Manual Valves














There are two types of radiator valve available to buy: - Thermostatic and Manual.
Both Thermostatic and manual valves are sold in pairs - you will receive a valve and a lockshield.
The Control Valve is the larger of the two items and the lockshield is the smaller item.
By convention looking from within the room at your radiator:
The control valve (which is adjustable by the home owner) is fitted on the right hand side (inlet)
The lock shield (which is set up by the plumber who installs the radiator and is then left in this position) is fitted on the left hand side (outlet)


Thermostatic Radiator Valves

These valves give the optimum of control; they are designed to turn off the radiator once the room temperature has been met.
The wheel handle can be turned which adjusts the room temperature setting.




Manual Radiator Valves


These valves give the more traditional look to your radiators.
These valves allow you to adjust the radiator temperature by easily turning the valve.






The following notes are to be read before fitting your valves

When screwing the valve tail into the bush - turn it finger tight then using a spanner turn it till there is only moderate resistance.

Using a 4” (100mm) spanner it is difficult to over tighten.

It is easy to over tighten and crack the bush with an 8” spanner.

A thread sealant must be applied to the valve tail threads to get a water tight seal.

Sealants are available from your plumbers, PTFE tape is an acceptable alternative.
It should not normally be necessary to unscrew the bushes, but if for any reason you do, retighten them gently, enough only to create a good seal.
18” Stilsons should not be used!
The torque from an 8” adjustable spanner is more than enough to create a good seal.





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 12. August 2011 16:52

Antiqued Finish Radiators


The antiqued finish is suitable for any light coloured paints. The polish that we apply to give that antique look goes into all the nooks and crannies. It does not rub off on to your hands.




This image is of a Chelsea radiator finished in Antiqued Hammered Gold






This image is of a Daisy radiator finished in Antiqued French Grey






A close up of the Antiqued French Grey



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 3. August 2011 15:44

Sleeve Kits

We have a range of 6 different colours/finishes of sleeve kits.

The sleeve kit is designed to fit over the inlet and outlet pipes, the inlet and outlet pipes are normally 15mm copper, 10mm copper of nowdays 15mm plastic, the sleeve kit slides over these pipes to make a clean and tidy job.



Antique Brass




Antique Copper





Black Nickel




Brass





Chrome





Satin Nickel




The Chrome sleeve kit and a chrome Crocus valve














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