Paramount House, London

Project: Paramount House, London

For many years 162-170 Wardour Street was the London headquarters of Paramount Studios, located at the heart of the capital’s music, film and advertising industry. However, in 2011 this seven-storey building within Soho’s Conservation Area, was acquired by award winning residential developer, Amazon Property, with the intention of converting the 21,500 sq ft mixed-use office/retail space into residential apartments, making this one of the capital’s most sought after office-to-residential conversions.

The internal reconfiguration and refurbishment has created 15 high specification apartments, including a luxury penthouse with panoramic views of the London skyline.  Many of the original attractive features of this 1930’s designed building have been retained, including the metal casement frames with lead light glazing and timber sash windows. However, as with any city centre location offering a 24:7 society, noise has to be effectively contained if a peaceful environment is to be achieved.

A solution was found using Selectaglaze’s bespoke range of secondary windows. The frames have high performance seals and are tailor made to ensure the tightest fit. Independent acoustic tests demonstrate very significant levels of noise attenuation, typically 45dB, and the glazing also provides much improved thermal insulation. This, together with the removal of draughts, leads to increased comfort and reduced energy demand.

Over 200 horizontal and vertically sliding windows were produced in a matt black finish to complement the interior design and toughened safety glass was used throughout.

The windows are fully fabricated in the factory which allows rapid installation and Selectaglaze worked closely with contractor ISG to meet a phased programme and be part of a successful and attractive development.

Founded in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004 Selectaglaze Ltd. has considerable experience of working in buildings of all styles including Listed and traditional. The Company produces an extensive range of literature and guidance notes covering acoustics, thermal performance and added security and offers both a technical advisory service and a RIBA approved CPD Seminar to architects and Interior Designers