History of Our Company
New Glazing Vision website is launched alongside e-commerce site,rooflights.com allowing customers to buy online. Glazing Vision can now dispatch precision engineered skylights next day to customers across the UK. Export sales reach 10% of total company turnover with orders being regularly sent to Europe and the US. Glazing Vision achieves Qualicoat approval for its internal powder coating process, allowing manufacturer backed warranties of up to 30 years. Additional investment is made in the form of Thermal Break equipment. Jon Shooter (formerly Sales & Marketing Director) takes over as Managing Director, to set new direction and growth. Further changes at Board level takes the company forward into the next 20 years with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
Glazing Vision invest heavily in R&D, 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. www.missingkind.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HC “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”
Interbuild exhibitor and award winner for Products of Innovation ™ with the VisionVent and P2000 Pyramid skylights.
HC 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
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.
The Glazing Vision Company ™ incorporates Glazing Refurbishments, The Glazing Eye Company, Vision Films and Coatings, and The Glass Roof Company. Original Hockwold garage is converted into a workshop facility, processing aluminum extrusions for skylights.
HC 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
The first manufacturing workshop is set up and Glazing Vision Ltd is registered at company’s house on the 4th November 1994
Glazing Refurbishments founded by sole trader Hugh Callacher, operating from a domestic garage in Hockwold, Norfolk. Specializing in architectural glazing restoration and refurbishments