Keeping the exhibits safe at the National Civil War Centre in Newark

This magnificent Tudor Hall was built in 1529 by local resident Thomas Magnus for use as a free school. During the Georgian and Victorian eras the building was subsequently extended and the complex is now known as the Old Magnus Buildings and home to the National Civil War Centre.

Up until 2004 the buildings were in constant use, first as a school until 1910, then as the town’s museum until 2004 when it fell into disrepair. Newark and Sherwood District Council was awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to restore and transform the Old Magnus Buildings into a new museum and National Civil War Centre continuing Thomas Magnus’ vision for all to have access to education. The new museum will also be a centre for Civil War learning.

Home to many important historical artefacts and some graffiti dating back to early 1600s, security was high on the agenda when plans were first made for the buildings restoration.  As the buildings are Listed, any security measures taken had to be sympathetic to their elegance and historical significance. The Architects Purcell and the Main Contractor Woodhead Heritage turned to Selectaglaze to provide protection to the vulnerable window openings. Secondary glazing is the ideal solution for Listed and historic buildings even when high security is required as it offers performance in a fully reversible adaptation which is accepted by most heritage bodies.

Selectaglaze treated 45 window openings with 6 different product styles including curved units in four different colours.  Varying levels of security were provided, using products certified to Loss Prevention Standard LPS 1175: Level SR3 and those meeting the security standards of PAS24, all accredited to Secured by Design.

Secondary glazing can achieve a U-value of around 1.9, noise reduction of 42-45dB, and even in its most basic form a barrier to potential intruders. Selectaglaze boasts a wide range of products that can provide these various benefits.      

Selectaglaze are the leading specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing. Established in 1966, and Royal Warrant Holders since 2004 they have extensive experience and knowledge of working with all building types including Listed and new build.