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Article Date: 2nd May 2018

Selectaglaze - Historic Toll House Resurrected into a Serene Office & Heritage Hub

Old Toll House - Stratford-Upon-Avon - Secondary Glazing

Selectaglaze - The Old Toll House

The Old Toll House, sitting on Clopton Bridge in Stratford-upon-Avon, was made over 200 years ago in 1814. With its crenelated roofline and gothic windows, it is a notable local landmark and an exceedingly important Grade I Listed building. Its initial function is all in the name, but was only used as a Toll House for 25 years, before it was shut down in 1839 due to slim takings of toll money.

The building would have been demolished had it not been an integral structure of Clopton Bridge itself. Just after the Toll House was closed, James Cox moved his timber yard next to it and made the building his office space. Since the closure as a timber yard in 1991, the toll house has stood unoccupied and subsequently fallen into serious disrepair. It was included in the top ten West Midland’s Historic England’s Register of Buildings at Risk.

The toll house was recovered by Stratford Historic Buildings Trust which had received funding to refurbish and preserve the historic architecture of the building, providing it with a new purpose as a visitor attraction and office space. The project has been awarded sizeable grants from Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with a number of other trusts and charities.

Heritage building contractors Stone-Edge took on the task of restoring and refurbishing the Grade I Listed Toll House. The project will include a public display area in the basement and a variety of activities to explore both the history of the Toll House and also the wider industrial heritage of Stratford, much of which was originally located along the River Avon and around the canal basin.

Selectaglaze - The Old Toll HouseAs part of the refurbishment, the original windows were removed and repaired ready for reinstatement. Substantial works were carried out to the stone reveals and openings. Damaged stone was replaced with Sandstone from Northumberland and Leeds. Even after thorough refurbishment, the performance of the single glazed timber windows was deemed inadequate for modern requirements.

To help find an apt solution, Stone-Edge, together with Mark Evans Architects approached Selectaglaze, the UK’s leading supplier of secondary glazing. With a plethora of experience within Listed and Historic buildings, Selectaglaze was suitably experienced to deal with the unique nature of the Old Toll House’s requirements.

After a positive meeting with Stone-Edge, Selectaglaze installed a total of 8 units on the ground and first floor of the Old Toll House. The original gothic headed curved casements look fantastic so it was critical that any secondary glazing treatment dealt with the visual impact in a sympathetic way. Selectaglaze Series 45 double side hung casement with matching gothic curved head was chosen. The results look amazing, they look discreet from the outside, but the building now has all the benefits of modern glazing.

As it is a reversible adaptation, it is often the only answer to enhance poor performing primary windows in Listed properties and is accepted by the large majority of heritage bodies.

Selectaglaze - The Old Toll HouseSince the restorations have finished, project organiser Chris Rice has already experienced a remarkable transformation in the acoustic insulation within the historic Stratford landmark. Thermally speaking, the building is a lot warmer, which will be the ideal environment for the incoming tenants using the ground and first floor as office space.

“Fitting secondary glazing into a Grade I Listed building with lots of different sized windows was a big challenge. We are delighted with the finished product in terms of insulation and sympathetic appearance.”

Established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in secondary glazing. It boasts a wealth of knowledge and a range of extensive products to suit all projects from Listed buildings, to new build hotels. Purpose made secondary glazing is often the only way to introduce contemporary working and living environments into Listed, historic or landmark buildings. Units arrive fully assembled to allow for rapid installation with minimal disruption and come with a 10 year fixture and fittings warranty effective from the date of sign off of the project.

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