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West Court refurbishment, Jesus College - Secondary glazing


Project Profile


refurbishment and conservation, coloured and wood grain finishes

The prestigious Jesus College, Cambridge University was established between 1496 and 1516 by the bishop of Ely, John Alcock. When founded, the college consisted of buildings taken over from the nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund. These buildings are still prominent structures at the college today. Jesus College has undergone a number of major refurbishments since 2012. Starting with the Chapel Court student accommodation project. The project involved the renovation and inclusion of en-suite bathrooms within the historic Grade II Listed Chapel Court, one of the largest collegiate courts in Cambridge which has staircases on the north-east wings dating as far back as 1884. In 2014 it embarked on the West Court development by purchasing the Grade II Listed buildings belonging to its neighbours, Wesley House. Bronze anodised secondary glazing Bronze anodized – Series 10 (3 pane HS) Stacked one above the other – Transom coupled The College commissioned Niall McLaughlin Architects to design the plans and Cocksedge Building Contractors to carry out the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the site. The College wished to sensitively refurbish the Grade II Listed building to make it as heat efficient and as sustainable as possible, while also keeping its beautiful original features. However, as a Grade II Listed building, creating a specific sustainable agenda with the introduction of insulation and secondary glazing posed some challenges. The main contractor, Cocksedge, approached Selectaglaze for advice and assistance. The primary windows were draughty, allowed heat to escape and suffered from noise ingress and egress. The College stipulated that the original materials and architectural design were to be maintained and all secondary glazing to blend seamlessly into its heritage surroundings. Selectaglaze has worked with the college over a succession of projects to enhance the properties of the existing primary windows; resulting in considerable improvements in thermal integrity. Treated areas also benefit from a reduction in noise ingress leading to far more peaceful rooms, with little or no distractions from the outside.