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Article Date: 3rd April 2019

Selectaglaze - A West London Historic Palace Receives the Selectaglaze Treatment

West London Historic Palace - Secondary Glazing - Bishops of London

Selectaglaze - Bishops of London Palace

Sitting close to the River Thames in leafy West London, Selectaglaze secondary glazing was chosen to help improve the thermal, acoustic and security properties of one of London’s historic palaces.

Residence to the Bishops of London since AD 704, the current building dates from the reign of Henry VII. The Palace sits surrounded by a now infilled moat which is an Ancient Scheduled Monument and since the 16th century has had important botanical gardens which are now Grade II* Listed.

The site is littered with history with various objects and artefacts found on the grounds over the years, including; remains of several large buildings and evidence of Neolithic and Roman settlements, pilgrim badges, medieval stones and a sword which has been dated back to the 1st century. During the most recent works there was the discovery of a 600 year old wall painting which had been covered up for hundreds of years. It is now partially on display in one of the office areas with specialist protective casing to maintain its durability.

Selectaglaze - Bishops of London Palace The last Bishop of London at the Palace left in the 1970s, when the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham took out a 100 year lease on the site. However, after this, the Palace and gardens suffered a period of neglect, so in 2011 Fulham Palace Trust was set up to manage the estate.

In 2005 a large restoration project began, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, corporate sponsors and private individuals. The works have been carried out in three phases, the last of which is due to be completed in spring 2019 seeing restoration to the Tudor quadrangle and the botanic garden.

Office spaces around the quadrangle have been sensitively refurbished and brought up to 21st century sustainability standards, with nuances and details harking back to the original Tudor building, as well as works to a new museum area.

As part of the £3.8m phase III restoration, Purcell Architects was engaged to produce a sensitive design for the renovations, not only with the building at the forefront of the plans, but also ‘future-proofing’ it for years to come. This meant upgrading old electrical circuits/feeds and plumbing, which is now hidden in decorative ducts, as well as building in ways to add extra cabling in the future if needed, with feeds and run-offs to all rooms.

Selectaglaze - Bishops of London Palace Sykes and Son Ltd, authorities in the refurbishment of historic buildings was appointed main contractor and approached Selectaglaze to provide the secondary glazing element of the works, following a previous successful working relationship at Syon House. The original single pane Tudor windows could not be replaced due to the Listing of the building and did little to stop draughts, retain heat or stop noise ingress from the overhead aircraft on the Heathrow flight path. As some of the rooms were to be tenanted once again, they needed to be upgraded to provide a comfortable working environment.

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