Selectaglaze, a specialist designer of Secondary Glazing systems that has operated from St Albans for over 50 years, recently helped to improve environmental controls at the Grade II Listed St Albans former Town Hall.
The venue was originally built back in 1830 and has just been extended and repurposed to designs by John McAslan and Partners as a centre for arts and culture in the centre of one of Britain’s most historic cities.
Very large tripartite single glazed windows in the impressive 1st floor Assembly Room offered extremely poor thermal insulation and required improvement.
Construction of a sample window was first produced for the Assembly Room. This was a distinctive 3-part vertical sliding unit measuring 4.3m (h) x 1.7m (w) designed to be as sensitive as possible to the original window design.
The unit was assembled with powder painted aluminium sections to match existing paintwork and 6.8mm low emissivity laminated glass. The finished installation was inspected and approved allowing the remaining windows to be treated.
Low emissivity glass reduces heat loss by more than 60%, frame seals eliminate draughts and the laminated glass not only removes 99% of UV light, which can cause fade to fabrics and paintings, but also delivers additional safety.
TThis project, financed in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has transformed an underused building which had fallen into disrepair and repurposed it into the new St Albans Museum + Gallery, showcasing over 2000 years of heritage.
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