A cold and draughty former pub switches to a warm and peaceful family home with Selectaglaze secondary glazing.
The Blue Anchor – Fishpool Street, St Albans
This Grade II Listed Blue Anchor Pub, built in the 17th century, was one of the last remaining public houses in the historic Fishpool Street.
In 2017, Osprey Development’s planning application was approved to convert The Blue Anchor into a two-storey four bedroomed home with remodelling and alterations to the single storey rear extensions including changes to the roof. This was dependant on the architectural style, roof form, windows and materials which had to complement its setting.
The restoration was designed by local architects, Briffa Phillips and supervised by building surveyors Kirsop and Co. The main pub area has been considerately renovated into an elegant dining room and foyer; still sympathetically retaining the primary windows, wood panelled walls and a stunning heritage fireplace.
The conversion of the building was a success; however, it still required a solution for the thermally cold and inefficient single glazed primary windows throughout. Additionally, the other requirement was noise insulation from the busy thoroughfare. Due to the Listed status of the building, these windows could not be replaced. Osprey Developments consulted Selectaglaze, the leading specialist of secondary glazing for a solution.
Predominantly, the windows overlooking the front of the property were where secondary glazing was required. As one can imagine with a building as old as the Blue Anchor, it has a lot of quirks and irregularities, with the window reveals being far from square and true. Using a 3D digital measuring device during the surveying stage ensures unusual openings are modelled with precision. Furthermore, Osprey was keen to try to colour match the secondary frames to make them look as unobtrusive as possible.
Selectaglaze Series 20 vertical sliders at the front of the property
A total of 16 units on the first floor, ground floor and study have been treated thus far using a selection of three window styles. All the units installed are versatile and slimline framing systems, suitable for heritage properties. The Series 10 horizontal sliding unit was required to provide easy access to some of the outer windows. The Series 20 vertical slider was the perfect unit to install mimicking some of the traditional box sash windows. The Series 30 lift-out unit was applied to the smaller windows in the building, offering a practical solution for treating windows which are rarely opened but require access for maintenance.
Series 10 horizontal sliding for thermal retention
The owners are extremely happy with the look and energy saving properties of the windows, as Selectaglaze’s secondary glazing reduces heat loss and the high performance seals almost eliminate draughts leading to lower heating bills. The difference in heat retention compared to rooms that were not treated with secondary glazing is astonishing. Furthermore, almost all noise ingress has been eradicated.
“With the sensitive work done by Selectaglaze, Blue Anchor House is now a pleasure to live in – warm and a good deal more protected from the noise of Fishpool Street traffic.” Kevin Keenan
Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in secondary glazing, established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004.