From Flights and battles in the Sky to a Peaceful Learning Environment

Selectaglaze help make an old NAAFI base turned independent school more thermally efficient with the aid of their bespoke secondary glazing.

Yards from where British Hurricanes used to take off during the Battle of Britain, stands Grade II Listed former NAAFI building. The building makes up part of the Kenley Aerodrome, the most complete airfield, associated with the Battle of Britain to have survived.

Throughout the Second World War the airfield was used as the front line of national defence and was fully operational up until 1978. Since then the building had fallen into a state of disrepair. Plans were successfully put forward to not only preserve an important part of history, but to renovate the former NAAFI building to become an independent secondary school.

As the building is Listed and of great historical importance, serious consideration had to be given on how to make it a comfortable and peaceful learning environment.  The current primary windows could not be replaced, despite being draughty and letting in noise. Unispace Global consulted Selectaglaze, the specialist in secondary glazing, to provide an unobtrusive solution suitable for the Listed building.

Selectaglaze installed 70 units, using 4 different product types to match the existing primary window styles and sight lines. On the circular windows, Selectaglaze used the Series 46 fixed unit, with its discreet slim line frame with neat cover channels that conceal the fixing.

All of Selectaglaze’s units are tailor made to ensure the tightest fit and use twin seals to virtually eliminate draughts and reducing heat loss by up to 50 per cent. Secondary glazing can also reduce noise ingress creating a quieter environment and a reduction of 45dB is easily achievable.

Secondary glazing is an independent window fitted to the room side of a building, and as a fully reversible adaptation is accepted by most heritage bodies.

With fifty years’ experience and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has extensive experience with working on all building types from new-build hotels to Listed offices.

Selectaglaze will be presenting their RIBA approved CPD at Vision London, Olympia. Stand No: 22, 7-8th June.

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