Converted warehouse into luxury living with Selectaglaze secondary glazing

  • 21 Oct 2020

Selectaglaze fitted four noise reducing secondary glazing units in a luxury residential property in a converted warehouse – working together with interior designers Absolute Project Management, the units complimented the internal surrounds to create a more peaceful and relaxing living environment. 

The Grade II Listed Aberdeen Wharf, located in Wapping, East London; has been a mainstay in the area for a long time. Built close to the Thames, it has a strong seafaring link, evident through the nautical style of buildings in the area. 

Built in c.1843 – 1844, next to the Police Station, Aberdeen Wharf was a storage facility for goods brought in from Scotland by the Aberdeen Steam Navigation company for almost 100 years. During the summer, commuter services were active.


During the Second World War, the area was ravaged by explosions during the Blitz with many of the warehouses emptied or left in a poor condition.

In the 1980s, the London Docklands Development Corporation rejuvenated Wapping. Many of the barren warehouses were converted into luxury apartment buildings; with one having further extensive alterations recently.


A resident at Abderdeen Wharf contacted Absolute Project Management to fully refurbish and redesign the apartment. The split-level property, overlooking a busy thoroughfare of the Thames and Wapping High Street required effective noise insulation.

The existing metal primary windows were ineffective in keeping the noise out and were thermally inept. Selectaglaze had recently presented its secondary glazing CPD to Absolute, who posed it as a solution. 

Four windows were found to be in great need of secondary glazing; one of which was facing internally into the building foyer.


The Series 10 2-pane horizontal sliders were specified for three of the windows and a smaller one treated with a Series 30 lift-out. It was decided that privacy glass was to be specified.

To fit with the black framed primary windows and to stand out from the exposed brick work, the secondary glazing was coated in a matt slate grey (RAL 7015).


Glazed with 6.8mm laminated glass and installed with a 150mm-200mm cavity, the noise insulation has been upgraded, with heat retention significantly improved.

One particular opening needed splayed timbers and crafting at the premises by the Selectaglaze install team, to guarantee a tight fit was created for the best gains and performance levels.

The client is delighted with the end result and has instantly noticed the difference the secondary glazing has made. The space has been transformed and its previous use 176 years ago is all but a distant memory.


Alban Park,
Hatfield Road,
St. Albans,

Phone: 01727 837271
Fax: 01727 844053

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