The Sofitel St James and the acoustic secondary glazing to ensure a quiet night sleep for guests

Selectaglaze helps preserve John Nash’s ‘Urban plan’ - Sofitel St James


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acoustic secondary glazing, heritage

The Sofitel St James London Hotel

Although having the architectural appearance of a much older building the home of London’s, The Sofitel St James London, was, in fact, completed in 1923 but follows the neo-classical architectural ad structural strategy laid down 100 years earlier by John Nash as part of his Regent Street ‘Urban Plan’. Image of John Nash and his plan for Regent Street John Nash and his 'Urban Plan' for Regent Street. The Sofitel St James, occupies the prominent corner location opposite the Institute of Directors on the corner to Pall Mall and Waterloo Place – overlooking the statues and memorials dedicated to those who fought and lost their lives during the Crimean War – in the heart of St James, is within walking distance of many of the capital’s landmarks – including Buckingham palace and St James’ Palace. Owned by French hotel group, Accor, Sofitel is the company’s luxury brand. The Sofitel, St James is a 125,000sqft Grade II Listed building formerly the headquarters of Lloyds Bank subsidiary Cox’s and King’s and owned by The Crown Estate. Designed by E. Keynes Purchase, in association with Durward Brown, the original building housed the headquarters of Cox and Company (later to become Cox’s and King’s and, subsequently, taken over by Lloyds Bank, who occupied the building in the year’s following). External shot of hotel in busy London location next to an inner tranquil bedroom with acoustic secondary glazing for hotels External view of the hotel next to an internal quiet bedroom with acoustic secondary glazing Accor developed the site in collaboration with the Crown Estate, Westminster Council and MWB, to create an hotel reflecting the original grandeur of the building, together with Main Contractors YJL Construction and award winning architects RHWL - who have particular expertise in the redevelopment and refurbishment of Listed buildings in visually sensitive and historic locations, including such notable structures as the Sadlers Wells and Criterion theatres. Selectaglaze was briefed to design, manufacture and install a range of secondary units to reduce noise levels and increase thermal insulation to the bedrooms and suites. But at the same time, it was essential to preserve the original style of the building and hence the secondary windows had to avoid introducing sight lines. The majority of the windows are traditional sash, which were treated with Series 90 heavy-duty vertical sliding system. But the windows on the hotel’s first floor (which is where the Royal Suite is located) featured monumental side hung casements over 13 feet in height. These were treated Series 40 fixed pane units above double side hung casements. All units were glazed with 10mm float glass. The Sofitel St James with Selectaglaze acoustic secondary glazing in the bedrooms to afford the guests a good night sleep Hotel bedrooms with noise reducing secondary glazing to afford guests a good night sleep The hotel, which opened on 30th April 2002, boasts 186 rooms and suites, including the magnificent Royal Suite overlooking Waterloo Place.