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Article Date: 2nd July 2019

Selectaglaze - The Blue Anchor has Called Last Orders in Fishpool St, St Albans

The Blue Anchor - Selectaglaze Secondary Glazing - Secondary Glazing

Selectaglaze - The Blue Anchor

A draughty former pub switches to a warm and quiet family home with Selectaglaze secondary glazing.

This Grade II Listed Blue Anchor Pub, built in the 17th century, was one of the last public houses in the historic Fishpool Street.

In more recent times it was a challenge to let out the pub, despite a substantial refurbishment in 2006; so the Blue Anchor closed its doors for the last time in Spring 2014.

In 2017, Osprey Development’s planning application was sanctioned to convert The Blue Anchor into a two-storey four bedroomed home with remodelling and modifications to the single storey rear extensions including changes to the roof. This was dependant on the architectural style, roof form, windows and materials which had to complement its setting.

The restoration was designed by local architects, Briffa Phillips and supervised by building surveyors Kirsop and Co. The specialist team in charge of the work had many years’ experience in older restorations, undertaking a meticulous job to bring back all the original character with a hint of modern amenity. The main pub area has been considerately renovated into an elegant dining room and foyer; still sympathetically retaining the primary windows, wood panelled walls and a stunning heritage fireplace. Planning Officers were satisfied with the proposal as there were no changes planned to the main façade.

Selectaglaze - The Blue Anchor The conversion of the building was an achievement; however, it still required a resolution for the thermally cold and inefficient single glazed primary windows throughout. Furthermore, the other requirement was noise insulation from the busy thoroughfare. Due to the Listed status of the building, these windows could not be replaced. Osprey Developments consulted Selectaglaze, the leading specialist of secondary glazing for a solution.

A Technical Advisor from Selectaglaze visited the Blue Anchor to make an initial assessment of all the windows that were required to be treated. Predominantly, the windows overlooking the front of the property were where secondary glazing was required. As one can envisage with a building as old as the Blue Anchor, it has a lot of quirks and irregularities, with the window reveals being far from square and true. Using a 3D digital measuring device during the surveying stage ensures unusual openings are modelled with precision. Furthermore, Osprey was keen to try to colour match the secondary frames to make them look as discreet as possible.

A total of 16 units on the first floor, ground floor and study have been treated thus far using a mixture of three window styles. All the units installed are versatile and slimline framing systems, suitable for heritage properties. The Series 10 horizontal sliding unit was essential to provide easy access to some of the outer windows. The Series 20 was the perfect unit to install mimicking some of the traditional box sash windows. The Series 30 lift-out unit was applied to the smaller windows in the building, offering a practical solution for treating windows which are rarely opened but require occasional access for cleaning or maintenance.

Selectaglaze - The Blue Anchor The owners are overjoyed with the look and energy saving properties of the windows, as Selectaglaze’s secondary glazing markedly reduces heat loss and the high performance seals almost eliminate draughts leading to lower heating bills. The difference in heat retention compared to rooms that were not treated with secondary glazing is astonishing. Furthermore, almost all noise ingress has diminished.

“The one area of concern to me was the glazing. Many of the windows were original and very draughty. With the sensitive work done by Selectaglaze, Blue Anchor House is now a pleasure to live in – warm and a good deal more protected from the noise of Fishpool Street traffic.” Kevin Keenan.

Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in secondary glazing, established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004. The extensive range of products are tested and certified for acoustics, thermal efficiency and for enhanced protection against intruders and the effects of blast. Product literature and data sheets covering performance and test results are available on request.

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