Affordable Family Housing Initiative in Islington

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Working with Quinn London Limited, Royal Warrant Holder, Selectaglaze Limited have provided high security, noise resistant secondary glazing to 14 refurbished family units in Holloway Road. This helps in reducing the number of people in substandard accommodation and helping to meet the acute housing needs in Islington.

Selectaglaze's MD says the intitiative highlights how the life and quality of existing housing can be extended

In 1972 a Victorian terrace originally consisting of 8 separate houses was purchased by the London Borough of Islington and converted into a hostel for the homeless. Following the recent closure of the hostel this listed property was purchased by Family Mosaic Housing. Working in conjunction with Quinn London Limited and with grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, a total of 14 high quality family units have now been provided to help meet the acute housing need in Islington, reducing the numbers of homeless people in sub-standard hostel accommodation.

Consisting of eight 5-bed town houses, four 1-bed flats and two 2-bed wheelchair flats, an important building has been brought back into productive use.

Being on a main thoroughfare, the site presented a challenge for both noise abatement and window security, but there was also a need to improve thermal insulation, reduce heating demands and so lower CO2 emissions. This entirely car-free development features many state-of-the-art eco-friendly aspects designed to reduce the carbon footprint.

The traditional sash windows are an important architectural feature of these listed buildings, but the single glazed frames offered poor thermal insulation, could not achieve the desired acoustic performance and provided very little window security.

The solution was a purpose designed secondary window system from Selectaglaze, the UK's leading designer of secondary glazing. Each window has been treated with a Series 40 side-hung Casement, many 2.4m high. The windows are accredited to Secured by Design and fitted with11.5mm anti-bandit glass. This not only provides a considerable level of window security but will offer significant sound insulation with noise reduction in the region of 48dB. And the inclusion of a low emissivity hard coat on the laminate glass reduces the U-value of the window combination to the range 1.8 to1.95, better than the current requirements of Part L.

Refurbishment or upgrade projects are often "fast track", requiring close co-operation
between client, contractor, specialists and the professional team. Established in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working on this basis in buildings up to Grade 1 listed. The company also offers a technical and specification advisory service to ensure the correct interface with other trades. Programmes are particularly important and proactive site surveys, linked to a modern production facility working on "Lean principles", ensure projects are delivered on schedule.

Selectaglaze has an extensive range of literature including test results for sound insulation, energy efficiency and added window security, all of which are free upon request from: 01727 837271/email: enquiries(at) or visit the company's comprehensive website


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