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Replicate 19th Century Timber Window Designs With Modern Features And Benefits.

The design brief for The Residence Collection was to extract the key principles, shapes and dimensions from Article 4 directions for windows, and integrate market leading technology into the design using virtually maintenance free materials.

What are Article 4 Directions?

Article 4 directions are made by the local planning authority, and this can affect you when installing windows in your home. They restrict the scope of permitted development rights, either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the authority’s area. Article 4 directions are used to control works that could threaten the character and architectural merit of an area or building of acknowledged importance. This means that new windows and doors may need planning permission. Windows are the defining feature and focal point of any building and the type of window installed can improve or completely ruin the look of a building, which is important in conservation areas or listed buildings.

How can The Residence Collection help? A more modern approach has been for planning authorities to approve the use of The Residence Collection in conservation areas because of its authentic design. It has been specifically designed to aesthetically replicate the documented historical window designs from the 19th Century period and therefore has been approved for use in many areas across the UK.

The Residence Collection offers a suite of thermally and acoustically superior window and door systems, featuring the latest security, maintenance and performance innovations, whilst still appearing traditional. Achieving U-values of 0.8 with triple glazing, PassivHaus Standard, and 1.2 with double glazing, far surpassing the British Building Regulation requirements.


Authentic Features

19th Century timber windows were hand crafted and in order to truly replicate the features of this window style, The Residence Collection combines the repeatability of modern machining processes with the eye of a craftsman. With a range of authentic styles and configurations, The Residence Collection allows you to recreate and preserve traditional details, redefining modern windows and doors.

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What is a

Conservation Area?

A conservation area is “an area of specific architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which is desirable to preserve or enhance”. Many of our towns, villages and cities rely on historic windows for much of their architectural impact and character. Inappropriate, poor quality replacement windows can easily erode traditional features on historic buildings.




Case Study

Take a look at some of our case studies which showcase a range of Residence Collection window and door installations across the UK. Click below to find out more.






Choosing R9 windows was the best thing we ever did. So happy with the finish, they have been in a couple of years now and they are still perfect!

Jody Lees

I must say that our installer carried out a magnificent job installing these windows, which thanks to your company and MWD has greatly improved our home.

Martin & Wendy

We are absolutely over the moon with our R9 windows. It wasn’t an easy decision to replace our old original timber windows. After a lot of research when we discovered The Residence Collection, our decision was made a lot easier.

Joanne & Andrew

They look amazing, now it’s this bright open space – It’s been a game changer.

Mr & Mrs Beadle

I had seen residence windows on Pinterest when planning the look at feel I wanted for our home. When it came to choosing ours I referred back to the images I’d saved and they all seemed to be Residence! I loved the clean lines of flush windows. It helped that I knew friends that had also used Residence windows and were impressed with the quality and design.


We needed to ensure they were as energy efficient as possible and would also suit the country aesthetic of the village we live in, and they combine the two perfectly. We have had lots of compliments on the windows!

Hazel Morris

The window and French doors look beautiful, but due to its size it has always been a major source of heat loss. The improvement in the warmth of the drawing room and indeed the whole house is amazing!

Heather Tasker