Grade II Listed Townhouses refurbished for use as a hotel in Marylebone

peaceful hotel with the assistance of Selectaglaze secondary glazing. Over the last 15 years The Portman Estate


has been bringing its buildings up to 21st century standards whilst retaining their historic features. The most recent of The Portman Estate’s refurbishment projects, is the Gloucester Place development. Most of the buildings along Gloucester Place were built between 1787 and 1792. The terraces were added at a later date and completed in 1820. The townhouses were characteristic of the Georgian period featuring ornate cornices and skirtings inside and uniformed exterior brickwork complete with balconies and cast iron railings. The original windows, which were draughty, thermally inefficient and allowed noise in, could not be altered as the buildings

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ix Grade II Georgian Townhouses in Gloucester Place, London have been renovated into a comfortable and

are Listed. Owing to a long-standing working relationship, The Portman Estate sought advice from Selectaglaze on the best secondary glazing application for their alternative requirements. Selectaglaze installed 80 secondary glazed

units. The Series 90 was used on the larger windows which were up to 3m high and used up to 10.8mm thick glass. It is a heavy duty vertical sliding unit with specialist balances allowing large and weighty panels to operate easily. When thicker glass is used, coupled with a gap between the primary and secondary glazing of at least 100mm; they stop the glass resonating and allowing sound through. Using an acoustic laminated glass helps to absorb the sound further, resulting in noise reductions of at least 46dB. All the secondary glazed units were fitted

with low-E glass, which provides U-values of around 1.8, to help reduce heat loss through- out the building. The inclusion of bespoke fixings to ensure the tightest fit and high

performance seals minimises air leakage and draughts, making the environment more comfortable and thermally efficient. Selectaglaze secondary glazing units match existing sight lines to make them virtually unnoticeable. Selectaglaze has fifty years’ experience working on all manner of buildings from Listed museums to new build hotels and works closely with clients to make buildings warmer, quieter and safer.

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acoustic performance When it comes to keeping heat in and noise out, the new PURe®

range of aluminium windows and doors from

Senior Architectural Systems provides the perfect solution. As well as offering some of the lowest U-values available on the UK market, Senior has seen an increase in demand for its PURe®

aluminium windows

from specifiers choosing the system for its exceptional acoustic properties. This trend has been reflected in Senior’s order book, with the PURe®

new schemes from leading hotel chain Premier Inn. One recent contract where the PURe®

system specified for use on a number of hotel contracts, including several aluminium system’s

acoustic performance was key to its specification is the Feethams Leisure development in Darlington, which features a cinema, various restaurant units and a new Premier Inn hotel. Senior’s PURe®

windows were

specified throughout the scheme and the acoustic performance of the glazing system was paramount. Senior’s PURe® Architectural ironmongery business celebrates with launch of new HQ

An architectural ironmongery business is celebrating over 30 years of trading with the official opening of its brand-new headquarters. SDS London supply hardware to the retail and trade sectors – including architects, designers and specifiers – and in February 2016 the business opened its brand new headquarters on Weir Road in Wimbledon. The new offices are state-of-the-art and showcase some of the company’s products, such as its automated door hardware. In its last financial year, the company posted revenues of £7 million; and alongside its new HQ, SDS London also own a showroom in Battersea where architects and the public can interact with some of its products. In total, the business has more than 10,000 products lines and across both sites. In the coming weeks, Sales Director, Simon Ayers says that they will be bringing new products to market – amongst which are the Oliver Knights and Rocky Mountain range. Both span contemporary and traditional hardware and are designed for use in high-end residential and commercial settings. SDS London has years of experience working with architects and can provide bespoke hardware for projects in-line with architectural drawings.

windows were also chosen to complete the sympathetic refurbishment of a Grade II Art Deco building in the heart of Newcastle to create a new Premier Inn hotel.



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