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Selectglaze takes it to church

A newly renovated Cambridge Church has been blessed with warmth from secondary glazing installation by Selectaglaze.

Downing Place United Reformed Church, Cambridge, was formed in June 2018 following the joining of Emmanuel and St Columba’s United Reformed Churches. Occupying the former St Columba’s building in Downing Place, built in 1891 in the Early English style, the church stands within the Historic Core Conservation Area. The redeveloped St Columba’s site has been extensively renovated as part of a £3.3 million project led by Archangel Architects into an open and inclusive church, and community centre. The main contractor Coulson Building Group contacted Selectaglaze to discuss secondary glazing solutions for the purpose of thermal retention.

Side hung casements were installed in the Chapel where the primary windows were rectangular with a very gentle curve at the top. Fixed light secondary glazing was specified for the much larger windows in the Nave, with slim framing sections and interlocks.


56 units were installed; comprising of four Series 45 side hung casements in the Chapel and 52 Series 46 slimline fixed lights installed in the Nave. The slimline Series 45 hinged casement system is suitable for treating many types of window and standard sized doors. Neat flush hinges and slim handles or flush locks provide clean internal lines. The Series 46 slimline fixed light can be shaped or curved to a full circle. Both the Series 45 and 46 secondary glazed units will reduce heat loss by up to 50%. High performance compression seals will almost eliminate drafts and ensure much greater comfort near the window.

A large circular primary window in the Nave was perhaps the most complex treatment due to its shape and elevated position. A proven method of fixing was used for this secondary glazing treatment.  A timber mullioned cartwheel frame was crafted to securely hold the secondary glazing.

01727 837271 | enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk | www.selectaglaze.co.uk

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