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Selectaglaze secondary glazing creating quiet and comfortable areas for users of the new library in Plumstead

This Grade II Listed building in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, is one of the earliest funded libraries by Andrew Carnegie, which opened to the public in 1904. Over the ensuing years, areas of the library were closed to the public and the building started to fall into a state of disrepair.

Occupying a corner plot on the busy A206, Plumstead High Street, noise was of great concern. In addition, the single glazed metal framed original windows did little to prevent heat loss or draughts. Due to the listing, the original windows could not be changed, so a reversible adaptation had to be found. Hawkins Brown Associates approached Selectaglaze for a bespoke secondary glazed treatment. 

On the north elevation, facing the high street, the library has two sweeping bow windows, which occupy the majority of the ground floor. On the first floor and the return elevation facing east, are a number of metal single glazed windows in various configurations.  They allow light to flood the spaces but did little to help the comfort levels for users. 

A total of 63 Selectaglaze units across the 2 facades were installed, which include Series 10 – 3 pane horizontal sliders, Series 80 – 3 pane horizontal sliders and more. Each sweeping bay overlooking the high street were built up with seven Series 20 vertical sliders, transom coupled to seven Series 45 side hung casements. This configuration complimented the sightlines of the primary windows and allowed full access for cleaning, maintenance and natural ventilation if required. 

The Library re opened in early 2020 and is set to become a sustainable and cultural destination in the Plumstead area and a great legacy for one of the remaining Carnegie libraries in the UK.

Founded in 1966, Royal Warrant Holder Selectaglaze is the leading secondary glazing specialist offering high performance noise insulation, improved building energy performance, environmental control and certified security.

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