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Article Date: 4th January 2018

Selectaglaze - Julia’s House - "Making Memories - A Place to have Fun & Escape"

Julia’s House - Julia’s House Charity - Insulating Secondary Glazing

Selectaglaze - Julia’s House

Selectaglaze helps transform two old council buildings into a new high spec Children’s Hospice providing care for families supporting a child/children with a life-limiting or life threatening condition. The origins of Julia’s House Charity is truly heart-warming and demonstrates how a person’s dream can become a reality and even exceed expectations.

Well over a decade ago, Julia Parks, who was a paediatric nurse at Poole Hospital set up a charity, which provided care and support in the community. As demand grew, Julia wanted to open a Hospice for families to visit, which gave them a change from their ‘normal’ surroundings. An old property in Poole was acquired and converted for use, but sadly she passed away from cancer and never saw her dream executed. Her friends came together and launched the charity in her name.

Julia’s legacy lives on and is growing. Word about the Charity led to outreach work being carried out in Wiltshire which over time saw demand spiral, so a second centre was opened in her name based in Devizes.

Selectaglaze - Julia’s HouseAndy Munn, facilities manager for the charity went onto explain; "At one point we considered buying land and building from scratch, but these two old council buildings were in a great location and had the potential to be a really flexible space. It felt more environmentally friendly to recycle disused buildings, too."

A huge amount of work needed to be done; internal reconfigurations, extensions added and the two buildings being joined to make the space fit for purpose. A three year plan to raise £3.5 million to cover the works began. With supporters such as Robert Downey Jr, Martin Clunes and Guy Ritchie; as well as numerous other initiatives, the target was met in just a year and a half.

Project manager Wates approached Selectaglaze to supply secondary glazing for some office rooms in the Grade II Listed building – wanting to create a nice working environment for the staff. As the original windows were old and draughty, Architect Hill Design specified thermally insulating secondary glazing to 4 box sash windows, together with internal and external insulation to all of the building, to raise the U-values. Selectaglaze Series 25 vertical sliders provided the best choice to match the existing sightlines and comfortably operate to the sizes specified.

Selectaglaze has a range of tested products that can reduce U- values to around 1.8 when glazed with low emissivity glass. With the Pilkington Spacia glass in the Series 25 unit, it can be reduced down even further to around 0.8. All units are designed and expertly installed with high performance brush or compression seals, to ensure the tightest fit - dramatically reducing air infiltration to help eliminate uncomfortable drafts.

Selectaglaze brought in regional partner Techniglaze to assume the role of surveyor and installer, ensuring that the most cost effective price could be given, keeping build costs down.

Selectaglaze - Julia’s House"Visiting the centre, despite it still receiving its final touches prior to the opening, was awe inspiring and emotional. The dedication and care that the staff have – which they exude when talking about the journey they have been on to get the centre in a state fit to receive its first families, is heart-warming. They love the new spaces available for them to use and feel nice and cosy in the new thermally enhanced offices." says Zoe Williams, Selectaglaze

Selectaglaze wishes Julia’s Centre well in the next phase of its journey and is proud to be supporting projects like this, which enhance the lives of so many.

Founded in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze has an extensive product range to suit most buildings to aid in making them; warmer, quieter and safer. The secondary glazing units are fully reversible, so are approved by most Heritage bodies for use on Listed buildings.

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