Kent Blaxill lights the way

Published:  21 April, 2011

COLCHESTER: A three-man team from Kent Blaxill has completed an unusal contract – its first lighthouse lantern room reglazing.

The glaziers were onsite for three days removing all existing glass and putties and then supplying and fitting 12 new curved glass panels to Folkestone Lighthouse for Tideworks Services. The glass was 10 mm clear float glass, triangular in shape, and curved to suit the lantern.

The lighthouse was refurbished by Tideworks Services for owner Roger DeHaan, the former owner of Saga Holidays which is based in Folkestone. It is still a working lighthouse.

Kent Blaxill was put forward for the job by Trinity House of Harwich, which owns and runs the lighthouses around the coast of Britain.

Steve Last, Kent Blaxill glass department commerical manager, said: “It is the first time we have re-glazed a lighthouse, but it was contract we were able to tender for because of the specialist skills we have.”

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