Caritas Anchor House is based in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. The company works with vulnerable groups including those affected by homelessness, unemployment, mental health, substance misuse, domestic abuse and offending.
CRASH, the construction industry charity assists homelessness charities and hospices with their construction projects. They recently supported Caritas Anchor House developing a series of projects to renovate the dilapidated centre. As part of the works, they are converting some office space into a computer suite where people could have secure and safe access to computers to research opportunities.
To comply with health and safety regulations the area needed to have fire insulated walls. It was agreed that three fire resistant internal windows should be fitted creating internal vision panels. Selectaglaze has supported the CRASH ‘No Christmas Card’ appeal for a number of years and were happy to contribute towards this particular charity project. Pilkington donated the Pyrodur fire resistant glass to support the secondary glazing installation.
Selectaglaze installed three Series 40 units with 10mm Pyrodur fire rated glass. The Series 40 is a beaded fixed frame system offering 30 minute fire integrity protection. The secondary glazing units were framed in fire rated timber grounds and transom mullions. An additional benefit was the improvement to acoustic insulation.
The successful installation of secondary glazing has benefited Caritas Anchor House, a small gesture from Selectaglaze and Pilkington that will be a huge help for the residents to further their efforts towards a better future. The computer suite has been transformed into a bright and airy area where people can concentrate and feel safe.