Our association with the National Trust began in 2005. Following a lengthy and detailed selection process, Vale are now one of the National Trust's longest licensed partners.
The remit was to design and manufacture a very special range of conservatories, aptly named "The National Trust Conservatory Collection". It consists of four stunning designs, each inspired by a different architectural period and style and built to Vale’s same exacting standards of quality. Every purchase from this range helps the National Trust conserve special places for ever, for everyone... thank you.
Belton House in Lincolnshire, with its classical proportions, symmetry and fine detailing, provides the inspiration for our Classical Georgian Conservatory.
Classical pilasters are positioned between each window and support ornamental eaves and gutter. The window and door sizes are calculated to align with the slender roof members, all in keeping with the passions and precision of the period. The Belton can be built in two standard heights, offering suitability to the proportions of both original Georgian homes and their modern equivalents.
A wide choice of traditional timber window designs is offered, all incorporating fine 26mm glaze bars and individual double glazed units. The eaves offer a choice of dentil or continuous mould depending on the level of decoration preferred.
This design is influenced by Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire - a 16th-century 'Prodigy house' designed for Bess of Hardwick, Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman. Hardwick Hall is recognised as being one of Britain’s greatest Elizabethan stately homes. Inspired by this period of architecture we have designed a glazed conservatory which incorporates much of the fine detailing of the time.
The conservatory framework is built with delicately moulded timber mullions and period corner columns. We offer a choice of plain or castellated gutters and a wide choice of ridge detail.
Cragside House in Northumberland, an elaborate mansion in the Free Tudor style, provided the inspiration for our National Trust Cragside conservatory. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power and at one point the building included an astronomical observatory and a scientific laboratory.
During the Victorian era a large number of historical periods and styles were popular simultaneously and all were freely interpreted and mixed, the detailing exquisite and diverse in style. Vale's Cragside conservatory incorporates delicate framework punctuated with superbly detailed columns, lozenge motifs and other timber mouldings throughout the structure which reflect the period detailing.
The door and window designs can be created using traditional timber methods incorporating 26mm glaze bars and individual double glazed units. Alternatively, as was popular with the Victorians, decoration is created by means of metal tracery sitting to the exterior of the glass.
The design is influenced by The Argory in County Armagh - a fine example of neo-classical architecture. The Argory Conservatory features slender proportions, allowing flexibility to complement wider periods of architecture. Classical pilasters frame the front sections with decorative mouldings to the capital and base and an Ogee profile to the eaves.
As with the Belton, door and window designs are created using traditional timber methods incorporating 26mm glaze bars and individual double glazed units. All windows are top hung opening.