Metal In Conservatories

The Georgians and Victorians were masters at producing beautiful glass buildings made from an ornate metal structural framework, further embellished with decorative castings. Many of these buildings can still be seen today, testimony to the strength and endurance of this design concept.

Born out of fascination for the almost unlimited possibilities for metal in conservatories, Vale have been pushing the boundaries in design and use of metal for over 20 years, and have introduced a number of interesting concepts for the use of metal in conservatories.

Metal Clad Conservatories

We have developed the design of conservatories and orangeries with metal exteriors and timber interiors and there are now few limits to the design of a glazed structure which offers a build of unsurpassed strength with reduced maintenance.

Metal Clad Conservatory exterior

The exterior is a complex construction of metal extrusions, castings and columns. The interior is constructed totally in timber and this combination provides a practical exterior combined with the warmth and beauty of wood.

Metal conservatory with attention to detail

All aluminium sections reflect the same attention to detail as can be seen in our timber conservatories. Aluminium sections go through an elaborate cutting and welding process in our metal department and are then powder coated and painted. The building can be further enhanced with decorative castings and detail to suit personal preferences


We have been fortunate over the years to work on a few projects which require a different approach to their design, production and general construction. The project below shows how an entire structure can be built using a collection of lattice work castings and elaborate scrolls and shells originally created in our in-house Pattern Making department. The results are stunning.

The same concept and castings have been used many times since, in either embellishing metal clad conservatories, or in the creation of free standing pavilions and garden rooms.


Recognising the benefits of using metal within a conservatory or orangery structure, providing strength and stability within the roof and throughout the build in the form of support columns and castings, we have developed further the use of metal within our timber projects.

Metal conservatory with attention to detail
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For some years now, most of our Tuscan columns are completely produced in metal, with cast aluminium capitals and base with a folded aluminium shaft. This provides a rigid and stable column opposed to some timber columns formed with mitres which can be prone to opening up. This concept has also been applied to more varied conservatory designs requiring Victorian or Gothic detailed columns.

As with our fully metal clad structures, columns and other metal components will go through a complex assembly and preparation process before they are given a hand painted finish.

Conservatories with Bronze Windows and Doors

There are a large number of beautiful buildings still in existence that require a different approach to the design. Inspired by the mullions and metal windows seen in many houses of the 16th and 17th Century, Vale is now unrivalled in its design for glazed buildings that incorporate handmade architectural bronze windows and doors

Conservatory with bronze windows and doors
Conservatory with bronze windows and doors
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Example of a conservatory with bronze metal windows

A similar approach can be adopted by incorporating bronze casements within a classical framework, as shown in the project above. Bronze casements are also incorporated in the roof lantern with applied lead detailing to complement the side windows.

View Case Study Metal conservatory incorporating deep head sections and heavy corner posts

These conservatories generally incorporate deep head sections, heavy corner posts and mullions and various choices of timber can be used in the construction.

Within this framework sit beautiful bronze windows and doors made by partner company Architectural Bronze Limited, which can be made to any shape or size and house any type of glass, plain or leaded. These conservatories are all fully glazed and carry all the other benefits of our other conservatories.

Magnificant example of a metal conservatory extending an existing building