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2021

2021 was no easy run, with the new year coming along with massive floods to our HQ in Diss, Norfolk. These floods caused an enormous amount of damage to our products and equipment, with production halted and all staff that could work remotely doing so.

However we overcame these troubles and had a highly successful year off the back of them. Glazing Vision ended 2021 in their strongest position they have ever been in, pioneering skylight technology all over the world.

2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic emerging in early 2020, Glazing Vision were naturally hit with slower lead times and higher costs. We managed to withhold our market leading position with ease and became even stronger within the industry.

In September of the same year we successfully completed a Management Buyout, handing over the reigns to Group Managing Director, Jon Shooter, and now majority shareholder. This secured even more long term investment for the corporation.

2017-18

With investment secured, Glazing Vision sets up a dedicated US sales office and warehouse space, its new team can now reach out to architects, contractors and developers offering local expertise and advice. Glazing Vision launch a new website, glassskylights.com to showcase their latest projects stateside and several large orders are secured with specialist developer, Dixon Projects in New York.

Back in the UK, Glazing Vision reach into the pitched roof market with the release of the Pitchglaze fixed roof window. Designed to be installed in pitched tiled roof applications flush (in plane) with the tiling line, building occupants can now enjoy sky only views from the roof window.

Early 2018 saw continuous innovation at Glazing Vision with the release of the Pitchvent product, a UKCA marked ventilation roof window designed to be installed in pitched tiled roof applications.

2015-16

Glazing Vision successfully passes its BSI ISO14001 Environmental audit meaning that it is now certificated by BSI for both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 under certificate numbers FM 596998 and EMS 613885.

Glazing Vision Flushglaze and VisionVent products are submitted for attack testing at the Building Research Establishment and are the first in the UK to be tested to LPS2081 Issue 1:2015 issued by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, meaning that they comply with changes to Building Regulations Approved Document Q: Security in Dwellings.

These products are also awarded the Secured by Design mark making them the security skylight of choice for many home owners.

Record growth finds the company posting sales of over £10 million and investment is secured for USA operation.

2013

Glazing Vision invest heavily in Research & Development, developing a new suite of profiles allowing the use of 1.5″ polyamide thermal breaks. The re-design improves thermal performance and specific attention is paid to air permeability on the sliding skylights range leading to new patent applied for seal designs. These next generation skylights significantly exceed minimum performance criteria set out in Building Regulation Part L and thanks to their involvement with a Low Carbon KEEP knowledge transfer program with Anglia Ruskin University, Glazing Vision use their expertise to provide full thermal calculations that back up their performance claims.

Support funded the foundation of a registered charity ‘The Missing Kind’ with the acquisition of HQ building, a Greencare site and the first year set up and operational cost. A charity designed to support all sectors of need to help alleviate poverty and social injustice. Created to support passionate people in the social sector, helping these generous and dedicated people to deliver their social objective.

2011-2012

Glazing Vision UK join the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) an industry body dedicated to the application of best practice in the provision of natural light in built environments.

The original Flushglaze is the first glass skylight to be independently tested and approved by the British Board of Agrament (BBA). The BBA is the UK’s major authority offering approval and certification services to manufacturers supplying the construction industry. Glazing Vision launch another new product, the Skydoor electrically operated hinged access skylight is added to their impressive line up of access skylight options, allowing one touch access to the roof space whilst remaining planning law friendly when closed.

Sizable investment is made with the installation of an in house powder coating plant which includes the largest chrome free aluminum treatment facility in the UK. In 2012, as part of the expansion of Glazing Vision Europe, roof terrace specialists Dakterras are appointed as their skylight distributor in the Netherlands.

2010

Glazing Vision Europe is launched and an office opened in Paris catering for the ever expanding European construction and home renovating market. Significant investment and technical development see Glazing Vision launch the first CE marked glass smoke vent AOV approved to BS EN 12101-2:2003, the Glazing Vision xVent. This critical fire safety product is unique in the market place in terms of functionality and aesthetics.

After 13 years of trading Glazing Vision outgrows its premises in Brandon and relocates to a 65,000 sq ft factory in Diss, Norfolk. The move allows Sales, Design and Manufacture to be housed under one roof for the first time, improving productivity and communication. Glazing Vision achieve internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standard, rounding off a hectic year of growth and investment for the business.

2007-2008

North of the border, demand for Glazing Vision skylights are increasing and Skylight International are appointed Glazing Visions distributor in Scotland. CNC machining center is installed at the Brandon factory.

In 2008, Glazing Vision are finalists in the National Business Awards – Regus Business of the Year, coming away with Regional Winner.

2004-2006

The charity Generation Journey is founded with Glazing Vision (UK) as sponsor, pledging to support international development of the charity with business mentoring and investment, developing business opportunities with zero-profit policies in South Africa.

Closer to home D&R Daylight Services are appointed as Glazing Visions distributor in Ireland and Northern Ireland. In 2006 a new Managing Director is appointed of Glazing Vision and quickly identifies that skylights should be the main focus of the business.

2002

A gap in the market is identified for skylights used in flat roof applications and Glazing Vision lead the way with the launch of the original Flushglaze skylight. Glazing Vision now boasts an entire range of architectural skylight products designed to provide natural daylight, ventilation and access to buildings across the UK.

Hugh Callacher – “Back then framed skylights were ugly and very labor intensive to make. As a production engineer, design and manufacture was my passion and I knew there was potential with these types of products if traditional methods could be improved”

2000

Interbuild exhibitor and award winner for Products of Innovation™ with the VisionVent and P2000 Pyramid skylights.

Hugh Callacher – “We worked through the night to get those VisionVents ready, but it meant that we were the first to hit the market with frameless designed standard products.”

1997-1999

By 1997 Glazing Vision has expanded beyond what the garage could handle and the company relocates to its first full scale commercial premises in Brandon, Suffolk. The Hockwold garage is converted to a design and project management office. Glazing Vision manufacture their first Sliding Skylight, installed at Chelsea Embankment.

By 1999 additional space is needed and the company purchases an 8000 sq ft factory and office complex in Brandon.

1995-1996

The Glazing Vision Company ™ incorporates Glazing Refurbishments, The Glazing Eye Company, Vision Films and Coatings, and The Glass Roof Company. The original Hockwold garage is converted into a workshop facility, processing aluminum extrusions for skylights.

Hugh Callacher – “Handling and processing twenty foot long extrusions from a garage was quite an exercise, we had to keep the doors closed behind us so as not to disturb the neighbors with the noise of the machinery.”

1994

The first manufacturing workshop is set up and Glazing Vision Ltd is registered at company’s house on the 4th November 1994.

1993

Glazing Refurbishments founded by sole trader Hugh Callacher, operating from a domestic garage in Hockwold, Norfolk. Specializing in architectural glazing restoration and refurbishments.