Housing association regenerates Victorian school

Knightstone Housing Association has converted the old Northleaze C of E Primary School into a shared ownership development. Built in 1862, Gunston House as it is now known is located in the village of Long Ashton, on the outskirts of Bristol.

Originally consisting of two classrooms and the Headmaster’s house, the new development comprises five unique apartments. Most of the homes benefit from mezzanine open plan bedrooms and all retaining elements of the fixtures and features of the original school.

As the building was Grade II listed, the handsome windows, much in gothic style, had to be retained. There was also a critical need to improve thermal insulation and meet Building Regulation standards so a Conservation Officer from the local authority, North Somerset Council, agreed to the use of secondary glazing.

Selectaglaze, the UK’s leading secondary glazing specialist, working in partnership with the design team and contractors Gadd Construct, produced a range of complementary secondary hinged, fixed and sliding panels incorporating specialist low emissivity glass to minimise heat loss. This has also markedly reduced ambient noise levels, further improving the environment within the new homes.

Security is an important consideration in any development and this has been enhanced in some areas by specifying secondary windows accredited to ‘Secured by Design’.

Selectaglaze is a Royal Warrant Holder and has considerable experience working within listed, historic and landmark buildings. Secondary windows can greatly improve living and working environments whether it is for acoustics, thermal insulation or security. Each window is purpose made and fully constructed off-site allowing rapid installation with minimal disruption.

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