Brew House - From brewery to quirky offices

    Selectaglaze secondary glazing provided fitting solutions to heat loss at this former brewery allowing its redevelopment into quirky offices.

    Brew House has been transformed, not only in name but also in usage. Formerly known as Company House, it was built back in 1865 and used as a brewery. It is located close to the centre of Bristol, adjacent to Cabot Circus the region's biggest shopping centre with the likes of Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser.

    The striking Grade II Listed building has been remodelled to house quirky office space. The refurbishment has been undertaken with great care and detail to try to retain as many original features as possible, yet bring it up to 21st century office standards. With detailing such as exposed brick work, arched windows and creative interior design, it has been beautifully transformed.

    In order to convert the building to offices, serious attention had to go into creating a comfortable, as well as stylish working environment. One of the concerns that needed tackling was heat loss from the original draughty primary windows which could not be replaced due to the Listing of the building.

    A local company Caddy Windows was approached to look at providing an alternative solution to replacing all the windows and doors. The existing openings were complex in shape and make-up, so Caddy Windows turned to Selectaglaze drawing on their 50 years' experience in secondary glazing for support.

    The thermal efficiency was improved by using high performing secondary glazing which traps an insulating layer of air cutting heat loss by about 40-50%. All of Selectaglaze's units are bespoke to ensure the tightest fit. In addition the building has also benefited from sound insulation with the introduction of secondary glazing.

    Over 100 units were installed using five different Selectaglaze systems, including attractive large curved head windows, colour matched to the primary windows.

    Nick Porter of caddy windows said "The products are great and the customer service we received from everyone was fantastic"

    Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazed units. Established in 1966 and granted the Royal Warrant in 2004, it has a wealth of experience, working closely with clients on all different building styles from Listed buildings, to new build.

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