St. Paul’s Church in Hatfield Road, St. Albans, which celebrates its centenary this year, has, recently undergone a major modernisation programme, to the church, and it’s adjacent halls.
To remain in active use all buildings need to be kept up to modern day standards whether they are private residential, commercial or ecclesiastical. As testament to this the Vicar of St. Paul’s, Canon Tony Hurle says: “The new design helps us celebrate the past while giving us first class facilities for use by both the community and the congregation for the next 100 years. A number of environmentally friendly features have been incorporated into the refurbished buildings, including photovoltaic panels on the roof, the use of low energy and sensor lights and an enhanced level of insulation to the existing walls and roofs of the church hall. Additionally, further energy efficiency improvements are achieved with the provision of secondary glazing to the Church Hall.” Fourteen complex windows were treated with a total of 46 secondary glazed units, mostly curved hinged or fixed units to match the existing window design. These also provide significant levels of noise insulation, an important consideration to limit the impact of the hall on local residents. The windows were installed by St. Albans based Selectaglaze, the UK’s foremost designer and manufacturer of secondary glazing systems.
This project is the latest undertaken by Selectaglaze involving church refurbishment or change of use. Two other exceptional examples include the Grade II* Listed St. John the Evangelist Church, Hammersmith and the remarkable “Rock Tower” (formerly St. George’s Tufnell Park, North London) which dates back to 1861.
St. John the Evangelist Church which, having been decommissioned by the Church of England was taken over by the famous Godolphin and Latymer School and is now a state-of-the-art performances centre.
St. George’s Tufnell Park’s design was based on a medieval church in Salonica. The building provides a multi-functional centre for the local congregation and wider community. In addition to its function as a place of worship, “The Rock Tower” is now regularly used for live music events and theatrical productions.
Purpose designed secondary glazing can be unobtrusive, sympathetic to the building and will markedly improve the window’s thermal efficiency, noise insulation and levels of security. Full factory assembly allows rapid installation with minimal disruption to the building and its occupants.