Bartlet Hospital

The transformation of a coastal artillery fort

Client: Gipping Homes

New life has been brought to the former Bartlet Hospital, with Gipping Homes transforming it into 34 luxurious residences, while maintaining the beautiful features of this Grade II* Historic Site. The location, overlooking the eastern end of the Felixstowe promenade, has had an interesting history. Remains of the vast walls of Martello Tower, built between 1810 and 1812, are incorporated into the structure. Given its proximity to the bracing sea, serious consideration had to be given to ways of raising thermal performance and comfort levels to modern standards. Draughty, single glazed windows were a particular concern. Selectaglaze developed designs that are sympathetic to the various window styles whilst reducing heat loss, eradicating the discomfort from draughts and reducing energy bills. Selectaglaze installed in excess of 100 bespoke manufactured units from its slimline range, including counterbalanced vertical and horizontal sliding units, all glazed with toughened safety glass and fitted with high performance seals. The frames have a permanent powder paint finish and two colours were chosen to complement the interior designs.