Selectaglaze: Warm and quiet accommodation for the upholders of the law at Gray’s Inn

  • 2 Aug 2021

Gray’s Inn is one of four Inns of Court in London, the furthest away from the Royal Courts of Justice and the smallest of the four (the other three are Lincoln’s Inn, Inner Temple, and Middle Temple). It features secondary glazing from Selectaglaze.

Unfortunately, the Inn was subject to devastation from bombing during the Second World War. Many of the buildings we see today are the result of that damage, with rebuilding happening in the late 1950s. In order to retain the architectural heritage of the site, the rebuilding was undertaken following the same design.

Selectaglaze’s involvement

Selectaglaze first started installing at Gray’s Inn back in 1999, when one of the buildings was being converted to an apartment hotel for use by members. 65 windows were treated with large Series 60 tilt-in vertical sliders, to match the off-set primary single glazing. Secondary glazing was specified in order to improve the thermal insulation, as the original glazing was cold and draughty


In 2017, an additional 40 units were installed, again to areas used as residential accommodation for barristers and trainees alike. A combination of Series 10 horizontal sliding units and Series 20 vertical sliding units were installed. These provide thermal insulation as well as noise insulation for those apartments overlooking the noisy and busy Gray’s Inn Road. 

The Estates team are steadily refurbishing key areas of the estate, which have been recognised as vulnerable and needing upgrading to bring them up to 21st century standards. With such a high demand for space, the process is not straightforward.

However, the Inn’s Tim Bell, comments: “Having worked with Selectaglaze for a number of years, whilst upgrading various areas of the estate, there is no doubt that their secondary glazing is of high quality and definitely raises the thermal and noise insulation of the original glazing, which can be noticed almost immediately.

“With much more work planned over the next few years, we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

To read about another Selectaglaze project, this one at an Anglican Church, click here.


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