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Article Date: 10th October 2016

Selectaglaze - A Square Fit for Earls & Dukes

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Selectaglaze - Russell Square

Selectaglaze refreshes a stunning Art Deco building on the corner of Russell Square.

Erected in 1804 and named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, Russell square is in an ideal location halfway between the city of London and the West End. Over the years the skyline all around the square has dramatically changed and is now lined with hotels, offices and UCL.

On one of its corners, next to the bustling Woburn Place, lies Russell Square House. It was built in the 1940s to provide accommodation for services personnel. In the latter part of the 1980s, the building received an overhaul and changed its use to office space.

After numerous years, the building was in need of a revamp, in order to bring it up to A grade office space. Russell Square House underwent an extensive refurbishment to make it a more comfortable working environment, whilst retaining all of its original art deco features.

Selectaglaze was asked to reduce the issue of traffic noise from the busy street adjacent to the building. Secondary glazing is a fully independent window, installed to the room side of a building and is the most effective way of reducing dB levels. When there is a gap of at least 100mm between the primary and secondary glazing, a cavity is created which decouples the panes of glass and reduces noise transmission making a reduction of 45dB achievable. With the use of twin brush seals this further reduces air and sound leakage.

As well as sound reduction, secondary glazing aids in reducing heat loss and can virtually eliminate draughts.

Selectaglaze installed over 600 units from its slimline heritage range, including horizontal sliding and lift-out units to allow access for cleaning. The minimal frames created clean lines complimenting the existing primary windows, making them unobtrusive and virtually unnoticeable. Selectaglaze’s units are a fully reversible adaptation, accepted by most heritage bodies.

With fifty years’ experience and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has worked on all building types from Listed homes to new build hotels. A wide range of tested products and fully bespoke manufacture allows sympathetic designs to be created for all types of window.

Literature and guidance notes covering acoustics, thermal performance and added security are offered together with a technical advisory service and RIBA approved CPD seminars.

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