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FORMER LISTED STABLE CONVERTED TO COMFORTABLE OFFICES WITH SECONDARY GLAZING The Grade I Listed Belton House stable block in Grantham, Lincolnshire was built in 1685 and is one of only 10 significant 17th century stables in England, famous for the number of original features intact. They were built by William Stanton and form part of the Belton Estates, residence for the Brownlow and Cust families for three hundred years; a dynasty of renowned lawyers.

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hanges were made to the building between 1811 and 1820 for the 1st Earl of Brownlow by Jeffry Wyatt. During World War I, the complete estate was offered to the Government for war services and operated as a base for the Machine Gun Corps. Belton was also home to the RAF Regiment through the Second World War. In 2018, the National Trust commenced a large-scale project to bring life back to the stables to guarantee a sustainable future for the building. The plan was to restore the building sympathetically to include a new café with increased capacity, a function space and muchneeded office and meeting rooms on the upper floors for the staff at Belton. The project required restoration work which included conserving lime plaster, repairing the 19th century windows and reinstating historic paint schemes, employing craftspeople skilled in traditional building techniques.

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Rodney Melville and Partners got in touch with Selectaglaze to bolster the efficiency of the original windows, which despite being repaired, were thermally inefficient. Selectaglaze Series 10 horizontal sliders were stipulated for 24 of the original leaded windows in the offices, and meeting rooms. Three units were glazed with satinovo glass, to boost privacy in the toilets. Custom made timber grounds were affixed to all the openings which were splayed or out of shape. As a result of the installation, thermal efficiency has improved considerably, with the added benefit of increased acoustic insulation.

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An original feature in one of the offices was a drop-down door; traditionally opened to allow for hay or other agricultural produce to be hoisted up for storage by the groomers. An ideal solution was achieved by treating the opening with a Series 20 vertical sliding secondary glazing unit, whereby the top sash could be brought down to permit ventilation. The Series 20 glazed with 6mm toughened glass also provided an active barricade to stop people from walking on the door once opened.

Rodney Melville and Partners got in touch with Selectaglaze to bolster the efficiency of the original windows, which despite being repaired, were thermally inefficient. Selectaglaze Series 10 horizontal sliders were stipulated for 24 of the original leaded windows in the offices, and meeting rooms. Selectaglaze is privileged to support the National Trust in consolidating and securing the future of such a special historical building.

For further information, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271. Email: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk

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