Granada Secondary Glazing helps to keep residents warm at Etwall Almouses in Derbyshire.

The Etwall Almosuses, based on the outskirts of Derby, is a converted church which has since been turned into sheltering housing accommodation for residents across the region. The housing project was founded by Sir John Port & John Osburn within the historic buildings which are estimated to be over 500 years old.

Residents had alerted the now manager of the housing project, Barrie Payton, to increased draughts and cold spots throughout the buildings.

“The old windows were allowing cold air to flow into the properties,” said Barrie.

“My initial concern was obviously to make the building as warm as possible for residents but, beyond that, we needed to make sure that any changes to the windows would match the existing stylings. For this reason we opted not to change the existing windows and, instead, go with Granada’s secondary glazing solution.”

73 Horizontal sliding units were specified by Granada to treat the historic buildings, ensuring each of them remained in keeping with the unique design of the primary units. Granada designed the frames of the windows to feature the slimmest sightlines possible and then glazed with 6mm Low E glass for maximum thermal performance.

Commenting further on the difference secondary glazing has made, Barrie added: “The building is a lot warmer and quiet now, which means we don’t have to keep the radiators on at unnecessary times. Knowing that our residents will have a good night of sleep in a warm and cosy room give us peace of mind.

“I would give Granada 10 out of 10, they are very reliable and very pleasant people to work with. I would certainly recommend secondary glazing to anybody that is considering adding it to their property.”

Granada Glazing collaborates with architects and specifiers to provide high-quality commercial secondary glazing for all sectors and building types across the UK.

The frames of their secondary glazing are made of slimline aluminium that can be powder painted in over 200 RAL colours, making them virtually unnoticeable and suitable for any interior design.

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