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Zoffany showcases the best of British talent with Palladio Volume I, new for AW20.

Ion Glass working on behalf of Tasker Catchpole Construction of Hove, East Sussex in conjunction with Miller Bourne Architects of Hove.

Frameless curved glass balustrade to enclose the mezzanine floor at the top of a Martello Tower in Folkestone.

The Grade II Listed, Victorian Tamworth Assembly Rooms had secondary glazing installed by Selectaglaze as part of a multi-million-pound project to refurbish and restore the much respected theatre, marking a new era of leisure and entertainment for the people of Tamworth and beyond. The acoustic efficiency of its arched casement windows has improved significantly as a result.

It has hosted many famous performers over its 130 year service; with the Beatles playing there in 1963, just months before being shot to stardom. The venue gradually fell into a state of disrepair and closed its doors to the public in 2016.

A substantial refurbishment was needed to upgrade existing spaces, as well as the addition of extensions to create a bar/café area, a studio, green room and enhanced backstage facilities – it has been modernised throughout with improved acoustics, heating and lighting. Novus Property Solutions undertook the work, ensuring all the historic features were conserved.

The original large curved casement windows in the main theatre area needed much love and attention. For over 40 years the auditorium had not had any natural light, as the windows had been boarded up to provide black out for productions as well as to try and block out some of the external noise from the busy car park and bus terminal outside the building. A solution was required to combat the noise levels, so Novus contacted Selectaglaze to discuss an appropriate acoustic secondary glazing solution.

As well as providing a more effective sound barrier than double glazing, secondary glazing is generally the only accepted solution for Listed buildings and those in conservation areas. Selectaglaze has designed a wide range of products which blend with historic environments whilst providing significant noise attenuation.

The Series 41 side hung casement was specified to the clerestory windows in the main theatre as it is a heavy-duty framing system ideal for large windows. With the openings measuring around 2.5m (h) x 1m (w) a robust solution was needed. One of the windows needed clearance to open over the side of the balcony seating platform; therefore, it was decided to split the opening by transom coupling a Series 43 demountable fixed light and Series 41 unit.

Once all the windows were repaired and ready to house the secondary glazing, the timber sub frames were fixed back to the brick masonry without disturbing or damaging the existing lime plaster. These were specially designed with a 300mm wide flat surface at the centre of the soffit to allow for the positioning of motorised blinds which were to be used to black-out the theatre during performances.

The much-loved theatre can now embark on a new chapter in its history having sympathetically enhanced and restored the historic features which make it such a special building.

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Nominated by landscape professionals and members of the public, this summer some of the best modern gardens and landscapes have been identified for protection by Historic England. A new collection of post-War parks, gardens and landscapes has just been listed.

Alan Ellis, Founder and Managing Director of Ellis Design Studio, has almost two decade’s experience as an Interior Designer. Ellis Design Studio – a firm that specialises in hospitality projects in the UK and internationally – was born from Alan’s desire to create beautifully detailed, perfectly formed interiors, which reflect the desires and aspirations of the client and work perfectly for those who use them. Here, we find out more about Alan and his design studio.

Nicola Schellander is an award-winning British Glass Designer who has pioneered a simple but striking style of design that has permeated her designs at every level.

Always on the lookout for a new interior finish in their design arsenal, commercial interior designers can have a challenging time creating a scheme that works for the client and ticks the budget box. Here, Scott Beattie, Managing Director at Fibo, explores how waterproof panels can deliver that high-end alternative to traditional tiling designers have been waiting for.

Hotels across the world face a challenging time. Re-opening to guests during a global pandemic means hotels must implement a plethora of hygiene measures. Check-in needs to be redesigned, space assessed to incorporate the latest social distancing guidelines, hand sanitisation has to be prioritised, screens erected. But as important as these practical steps are, especially for the more wary guest, hotels cannot lose sight of the customer experience, says Jake Mason, CEO and Founder of 0120.

There are many conflicting factors driving the choice of heating systems for householders, architects and designers. First and foremost is energy efficiency. All appliances must comply with the European Ecodesign 2022 emissions and energy efficiency standards, which will remain in place after Brexit, writes Niall Deiraniya, General Manager at DRU Fires UK.

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