Selectaglaze keeps university chapel warm and light
Published: Monday, August 21, 2017
Selectaglaze is a specialist glazing company providing solutions to historic buildings. Their expertise has helped to create more comfortable working spaces in a former chapel and a former outpatients building for Oxford University.
Selectaglaze’s expertise has helped to create more comfortable working spaces in a former chapel and a former outpatients building for Oxford University.
The university called on Selectaglaze, a member of the National Churches Trust's Professional Trades Directory, to support its renovations to St Luke’s Chapel and the former outpatient building on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site. Both buildings face each other across a courtyard and are both Grade II Listed. The chapel dates back from 1865 and outpatients from 1913.
As is often the case with older buildings, both suffered from significant heat loss due to the inefficient original glazing. As the original windows were to be retained the University approached Selectaglaze, the leading specialist in the design manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, to help resolve the issues.
Selectaglaze installed 82 units across the two buildings using an assortment of products from its range to meet the required specification. In the chapel the stunning gothic arched windows posed an interesting challenge to Selectaglaze, as the planning authorities were particularly keen to ensure the aesthetic impact of the secondary glazing was kept to a minimum. Selectaglaze collaborated with the architects and designed solutions that would work and compliment all the various styles.
Low emissivity glass was used throughout both of the buildings which in combination with the primary window achieve a U-value of 1.8, reducing heat loss by approximately 60%. Furthermore, the application of secondary glazing achieved a reduction in noise egress and ingress.
Selectaglaze has been established for fifty years and in that time gained extensive experience with working on all building types. It was granted the Royal Warrant in 2004 as a testament to the quality of its products. Selectaglaze works closely with clients to ensure their buildings are warmer, quieter and safer.