Spotting a gap in the market 

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When architect Peter King RIBA was practicing in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb in the late 1980’s he had many clients who wanted to extend into their attics. The problem was getting access to light and ventilation – modern roof windows and dormers were completely out of the question due to the local Trust’s strict planning guidelines. The only option was a cast iron single-glazed rooflight based on the Victorian design, which was prone to rusting and leaking.

Turning an idea into a business

Peter set about designing a copy of the Victorian cast iron model which would meet modern standards, using steel, double-glazing, draught stripping and a thermal lining.

He developed a range using sizes from original Victorian patterns and called it the Conservation Rooflight. Conservation officers and architects loved it, appreciating its low-profile, glazing bar and slim sections, and continue to specify it 25 years later because it remains the best product in its class today.

Design and innovation

The Rooflight Company then added the Conservation Plateau for flat roofs to the range. The next development was the neo® range for pitch and flat roofs, with its edge-to-edge glazing and frameless, contemporary appearance.

Market-led thinking is behind the latest product, neo Advance – a top performing energy efficient rooflight which is suitable for coastal regions while retaining that clean line contemporary style that is fundamental to the neo® collection of rooflights.

As a design-led company it would be no surprise to learn that we are able to design and produce most sizes and shapes of rooflights with our Bespoke Design Service. We have been involved in specified projects ranging from Zaha Hadid’s Maggie’s Fife to the Natural History Museum.

From one architect solving a problem in the heritage market, to offering six different product ranges and with 70 co-owners of the business committed to designing, producing and providing the best products and services to our customers – what a journey!


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