Trimvent Select Xtra R16 Vent, Autolatch Window Restrictor, Securistyle Defender and Sterling Friction Hinges & Maco RAIL Espagnolette, Belle Tout Lighthouse Hotel, East Sussex

Development:  Hotel

Site:  Belle Tout Lighthouse Hotel, Beachy Head, East Sussex

Window Fabricator:  Westgate Joinery

Window Material:  Accoya® Timber

Completion Date:  October 2010

Titon Products Used:

The recently opened Belle Tout Lighthouse hotel at Beachy Head has been fitted with Trimvent Select trickle vents and grilles and Titon Autolatch window restrictors. Defender and Sterling hinges by Securistyle and tri-coated RAIL espagnolettes by Maco have also been supplied by Titon. As part of the conversion the hotel was fitted with Accoya® timber framed windows which were chosen for their strength, durability and a minimum life span of 60 years. 

David Pattenden, Managing Director of East Sussex-based, Westgate Joinery, specified the window restrictors, vents and hinges. Commenting about Titon he said: “Part of the owner’s criteria was to have secure and reliable window systems that wouldn’t be affected by the acetylation of the Accoya® timber – which made Titon’s products the perfect choice.”

The Belle Tout lighthouse at Beachy Head dates back to 1828 and was designed so that light was visible for 20 miles out to sea. After being decommissioned in 1902 the lighthouse was replaced by a new structure at the base of the cliffs. The entire building had to be moved 17 metres back from the edge in 1999 due to cliff erosion and was sold to the current owners in 2008.

Trimvent Select Xtra R16 is a fully recessed slot ventilator that fits over a 16mm window slot providing an Equivalent Area (EA) of 4600mm² when fitted with the XHD16 grille or XC16 canopy. Available in a variety of colours, the XR16 is ideal for new build or refurbished properties that use timber framed windows. The Xtra design of the Trimvent Select range provides increased ventilation, utilising existing slot sizes and vent lengths, they give optimum airflow of up to 60% more than previous models. All vents are specifically developed for Part F of the Building Regulations, Ventilation (England & Wales), be it 2006 or 2010 requirements.

Autolatch is an automatically engaging spring loaded window restrictor for use on side and top hung windows. Supplied in ferritic steel and various pin heights, it is suitable for all cavity sizes and is also easy to install making them ideal for retrofitting.


Securistyle Defender friction hinges are suitable for side or top hung windows. All versions of the Defender friction hinge are available in both ferritic and austenitic stainless steel in a variety of sizes and stack heights, giving the specifier and window manufacturer plenty of options. Restricted, non-restricted and easy clean egress versions are available and the patented asymmetrical end cap provides an efficient locating system. For commercial applications, Securistyle’s Sterling friction hinge can be used on side or top hung windows and gives superior window balancing. They offer excellent weight carrying capacity and are particularly well suited for curtain walling applications.


The Maco RAIL epagnolette is designed for side hung or top hung applications with adjustable mushroom cams for profiles with eurogroove and is available in a range of lengths with two backsets and three cam heights. The multi-point locking espagnolette is compatible with all standard espagnolette handles with 43mm fixing centres with a 7mm square spindle and is capable of achieving BS7950.

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