Closed since 2008, Bartlett Hospital had fallen into a state of disrepair, until Gipping Homes took up the challenge of giving it a new purpose.
One rarely gets the opportunity to work on such a fantastic building as The Bartlet the original design and build quality is exceptional and we feel both privileged, and a little daunted, to have the opportunity to create a new legacy for generations to come, said Peter Blemings, Managing Director of Gippings Homes.
Local architect Patrick Allen assisted with the project, with the aim to introduce sensitive new design, modern techniques and high quality finishings.
Due to the hospitals standing as a building of special architectural interest and being so close to the sea, serious consideration was given to ways of raising the thermal performance and comfort levels to modern standards.
A particular concern was the draughty, single glazed windows. Gippings Homes chose Selectaglaze – a UK designer of secondary glazing systems – to resolve the issue.
Secondary glazing is ideal for listed buildings due to being a reversible adaptation.
Selectaglaze developed designs that are sympathetic to the various window styles whilst reducing heat loss, eradicating the discomfort from draughts and reducing energy bills.
Peter had first heard about Selectaglaze products from a trade magazine, and was impressed with the product knowledge of the technical advisor, who then spent time on site working out how to overcome some intricate issues with the historic building.
My confidence was also boosted by the wealth of listed buildings they had been involved with working on. We went ahead with having secondary glazing in the show apartment which we were very happy with and have since been happy to extend the business partnership into other dwellings.
Selectaglaze has so far installed in excess of 100 bespoke manufactured units from its slim line range, including counterbalanced vertical and horizontal sliding units, all glazed with toughened safety glass and fitted with high performance seals.
The frames have a permanent powder paint finish and two colours were chosen to complement the interior designs.
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