Secondary glazing enriches Art Deco revival of Hatfield’s most iconic building

The distinctive Art Deco Grade II Listed Comet Hotel is located in Hertfordshire at the junction of the Barnet by-pass with St Albans Road on a busy roundabout, five minutes away from the Selectaglaze office and factory.

Previously known as the Ramada Hatfield, the Comet’s multi million pound make-over which began in 2017 is now complete. Stride Treglown worked up the designs for the new extension and refurbishment of existing areas, with works entrusted to main contractor ISG Bristol.

The building’s original crittall sash windows were retained but this did not provide the required level of noise insulation to a number of the guestrooms, restaurant and function spaces for meetings and networking events.

Selectaglaze installed 104 secondary glazed units, with a cavity between the existing cittall windows and the secondary units to heighten the level of noise insulation.

The Series 20 vertical sliding units were faceted onto the curved on plan original bay windows on the ground and first floors. This was to provide adequate thermal and noise insulation to the restaurant and meeting room. The Function room was fitted with the Series 15 3-pane horizontal slider, which can support thicker glass when higher levels of noise insulation are needed.

The openings in the hotel guestrooms were treated with Series 10 horizontal sliding units, which is a versatile system providing easy access to the outer window. This slimline unit has not only produced exceptionally quiet rooms thanks to noise insulation in excess of 45dB but will reduce heating costs, thus improving sustainability.

The new secondary glazing to this Hatfield landmark will now help lower energy bills and afford the guests a good night sleep, along with those visiting the hotel guaranteed a pleasant experience.

Refurbishments like the Comet Hotel are often fast track projects requiring close cooperation between client, contractor and specialists. Working closely with front of house, secondary glazing can be fitted in operational hotels during room turn around periods. Selectaglaze has wide experience of working in buildings up to Grade I Listed and offers a technical advisory service and specification advice to ensure correct interface with other trades.

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