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Article Date: 2nd May 2019

Selectaglaze - Plumstead Church Congregation Rejoices Thanks to Triumphant Secondary Glazing

Secondary Glazing - Double Glazed Windows - Arch Headed Windows

Selectaglaze - Plumstead Church

Situated in the heart of Plumstead, London, St. Michael’s is a renowned Cherubim and Seraphim Church. The Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim is a Nigerian church denomination that was founded by Moses Orimolade Tunolase in 1925. The brick church was originally built in 1906 according to the Diocesan guide from the same year as a Church of England mission church of St Alban. The mission church was declared redundant by the Diocese of Southwark and sold in 1965 to the British Road Services for use as a warehouse. In 1980 it was sold again to the Cherubin and Seraphim church and has been used as a place of worship since then.

The church hosts a variety services throughout the week, ranging from bible classes and prayer sessions that have been known to run through the night. Aside from its function as a place of worship, the church is also a centre for children in the community, which they use especially during the school holidays.

Situated in a densely packed residential area, a solution was required for noise insulation. The church got in touch with Selectaglaze, the UK’s leading specialist of secondary glazing systems, to resolve the issue of noise egress via the arched windows.

Selectaglaze - Plumstead Church The primary windows are double glazed PVCu units, but could not reduce noise egress enough and thermally insulate both floors of the church. Secondary glazing provides an independent unit decoupled from the primary window providing a much better barrier to noise than sealed units. The greater the cavity between the two panes, the better the dampening effect. Sealed units with a minimal cavity cannot insulate noise effectively. A well-sealed secondary glazed window with a cavity of at least 100mm can offer noise reduction in excess of 45dB. Together with double glazed windows, up to 56dB is achievable.

28 arch headed windows were treated by Selectaglaze utilising their Series 20 vertical sliding units and Series 46 fixed light system. The Series 46 fixed light lends itself well to shaping and curving, so these were formed to create the top portion of the windows and then transom coupled to the Series 20, which created access to the primary window for ventilation and maintenance. All units were produced with 6.8mm acoustic laminated glass and were finished in a wood-grain colour to match the primary windows.

Selectaglaze - Plumstead Church Since the work has been completed, church-goers have been thoroughly impressed with the acoustic improvements and very little can be heard from the church on the quiet residential road; day or night. Initially the church manager, Remi Adegbola was rather dubious about the wood-grain finish, but having seen the finished job she is extremely happy with the aesthetic and unobtrusive look of the secondary glazing as well as the acoustic and thermal properties of the windows.

Selectaglaze has undertaken a plethora of projects involving church refurbishment or change of use, including the Grade II Listed, St George’s Church in Tufnell Park which required acoustic insulation for noise containment.

Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in secondary glazing, established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004. It boasts a wealth of knowledge and a range of extensive products to suit all projects from Listed properties to new builds. The company offers a wide range of tested products. A free technical advisory service is offered and a RIBA approved CPD is available to architects and designers.

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