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Landmark Neo-Palladian Hall once thought ‘not fit for purpose’ transformed into St Albans Museum + Gallery – a vibrant cultural hub

Built in 1830 and designed by George Smith, the Grade II* Listed St Albans former Town Hall is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. The elegant venue has been recently repurposed to designs by John Mc Aslan and Partners as a world-class centre for arts and culture at the heart of one of Britain’s most historic cities.

As part of the refurbishment Selectaglaze, a specialist designer of secondary glazing systems that has operated in St Albans for over 50 years, was approached by the consultants to consider ways of improving environmental controls.

Very large tripartite single glazed windows in the 1st floor Assembly Room offered poor thermal insulation. The design had to meet exacting conservation requirements and working closely with contractor Willmott Dixon Construction a sample window was first produced for the Assembly Room. This was a special 3-part vertical sliding unit measuring 4.3m (h) x 1.7m (w). It was constructed with powder painted aluminium sections to match existing paintwork and 6.8mm low emissivity laminated glass. The finished installation was approved allowing the remaining windows to be treated. Windows in other areas were treated with a certified security range using specialist glass.

The new St Albans Museum + Gallery is free to visit and showcases over 2000 years of heritage with permanent displays telling the story of St Albans from the pre-Roman era through to modern times and will also host changing exhibitions and events. This project has transformed an underused building which had fallen into disrepair and repurposed it into a vibrant cultural centre for the City.

Founded in 1966, Royal Warrant holder Selectaglaze has worked on buildings of all types from Listed to traditional and even new build. Selectaglaze will be exhibiting at FutureBuild in Excel, London at Stand D21 on the 5th-7th March 2019.

Contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271/e mail: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk

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