A-Hoy matey – is that secondary glazing we see?

The Historic Dockyard at Chatham in Kent, was one of the Royal Navy’s core facilities for four hundred years until it closed in 1984. Ownership was then transferred to the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, opening it up as a visitor attraction, as well as including places where people can live and learn.

The core of the 80 acre site, houses over 100 buildings and structures dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods, to present day new builds. Many of which are Listed and required a great deal of upgrading to bring them up to 21st century working and living standards. Selectaglaze has worked with the Historic Dockyard Chatham for a number of years, having first started work at the maritime museum on the Grade II Listed Joiner’s Shop back in 2008.

The 200 year old Joiners Shop underwent a £3.5m facelift. As part of the refurbishment, Kingswood Construction contacted Selectaglaze to provide a solution to augment the thermal insulation of the existing single glazed timber windows in the reception, office spaces and communal facilities; some of which had to be 30 minute fire rated. A total of 85 units were installed.

In 2010 Selectaglaze worked with the Historic Dockyard Chatham when a number of units including the Series 10 3-pane horizontal slider and the Series 30 lift-out units were installed at the Grade II* Listed Armour Plate Shop.  This scheduled monument which was built in 1865, is now the Trust’s railway workshop and Waggonstop Canteen.

A year later, Selectaglaze was contacted by the Historic Dockyard Chatham to install a total of 25 secondary glazed units to the first floor of the Sail and Colour Loft, again for the purpose of improved thermal retention. Series 20 vertical sliding counter-balanced units glazed with 4mm toughened safety glass were installed to 21 of the smaller window openings. The four larger windows were fitted with the Series 90 heavy duty vertical sliding units, curved at the head to match the existing reveal and glazed with 6mm toughened glass.

As part of the renovations of the Fitted Rigging House, Selectaglaze secondary glazing was specified on all floors of the building to help remove draughts. In the first phase of works, 133 units were installed, the majority of which were the Series 20 vertical sliding units. A second order was placed to fit the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust offices, which are on the first floor of the Fitted Rigging House. 25 units were installed, again the Series 20 specified for the majority of openings. The large loop hole doors in the office that cannot be removed due to the buildings Listed status also required secondary glazing; so three Series 41 double side hung no threshold casement units were installed on door frames to improve thermal retention.

Facilities manager Nigel Howard has been thoroughly impressed with the consistent quality of Selectaglaze systems throughout the years. Historic Dockyard Chatham won the ‘Best major regeneration of a Historic Building’ award at the Historic England Angel Awards in November 2018.

Established in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze is at the forefront of the product development and design of secondary glazing.

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