When it was built, the area was associated with tailors, in particular the leading Regency London tailors. Still as desirable today, the street is now known the world over for its many commercial art galleries. Sitting close to the Royal Academy and surrounded by the likes of Burlington Arcade and other high-end retail establishments, who wouldn't want to work in this vibrant area in offices that have had a 21st century internal make-over?
A high specification design by Ben Adams Architects has created a very attractive environment but one that needed significant attention to the existing steel windows in order to minimise the problem of traffic noise. Selectaglaze, a leading designer of secondary glazing systems with considerable experience in acoustics was approached for advice. Noise reduction of about 45dB has been achieved through treating each window with a single hinged casement glazed with 6.8mm acoustic laminated glass.
The minimal frames with flush hinges and locks provide clean lines which complement the existing windows and the new interiors. An additional benefit of the secondary glazing is an approximate halving of heat loss and near elimination of draughts that ensures a more comfortable working environment.
Founded in 1966, and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working in buildings of all styles, including listed properties. A wide range of extensively 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 a RIBA approved CPD Seminar.