Reading Town Hall

The ideal setting for a wedding ceremony made more peaceful with secondary glazing

Client: Reading Borough Council

Wedding ceremonies are made more peaceful in this highly ornamental and imaginative Grade II and II* Listed Town Hall following acoustic adaptations to block noise from Reading town centre. The Town Hall’s Wedding Ceremony Room, in the Grade II* part of the building required better acoustic insulation on seven of the primary windows, to ensure minimal breakthrough of outside noise during wedding registries. As the building is Listed, secondary glazing was chosen as a way of dealing with mitigating noise from the busy thoroughfare. 23 units were installed. Each opening was treated with a combination of transom coupled secondary glazed units with a Series 42 curved fixed light system affixed at the top. Series 10 horizontal sliding units were specified for the lower units on the wider windows and the Series 45 side hung casement was selected for the narrower windows. 6.4mm acoustic laminate glass was specified for each and reduced noise levels by between 40-45dB. The Council had obscurity film applied to the bottom sashes, post secondary glazing installation, to ensure enhanced privacy during wedding ceremonies. The joining of two people in wedded matrimony will be a more peaceful, private and intimate moment.