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Promat SYSTEMGLAS provides a complete fire-rated glazing solution

A multi-million pound redevelopment project to convert a Victorian church into six luxury apartments has been completed using assured fire resistant glazing solutions from Promat.

The scheme to convert the Christ Church in Teddington, Middlesex, UK, by Renaissance Design & Build, has secured the future of the 150 year old building after it had fallen into disrepair over recent years. Given the decline in congregation numbers, income and an ever growing demand for maintenance and repair, the church’s future as a place of worship had become unviable.

The building’s local significance and historic features, however, meant that any proposals to convert Christ Church would have to be approached sympathetically with a high standard of craftsmanship. And it was here where the developer, in conjunction with the architects Robert Davies and John West, saw the opportunity to create high-specification new homes within the existing structure in a spectacular and unique setting.

The extensive conversion project involved completely modernising the building, retaining many original features whilst redesigning the internal space to incorporate the six dwellings. This included installing a spiral staircase, roof garden and extending the original tower to provide a lift to the third floor. Inside the apartments, the contemporary design includes sleek grey-painted kitchens, limestone flooring and an air exchange system.

One of the key challenges for the architects was to ensure the building could be redeveloped in a way that ensured compliance with current building regulations, including Approved Document B in relation to fire safety. The passive fire protection strategy meant introducing compartmentation into what was originally a large open space used by the congregation in a way that provided the best technical and aesthetic solution.

Meeting the architect and developer’s brief was the Promat SYSTEMGLAS range of fire resistant glazing systems. Two versions of this system were specified to provide a dependable level of fire protection to both property occupiers and the building itself, both of which were installed by long-standing Promat SYSTEMGLAS approved installer, Folkestone-based Rated Solutions.

SYSTEMGLAS Celare EI30, which is a butt-jointed glazing system offering fire protection of 30 minutes with integrity and insulation, was chosen due to its suitability for the modern internal décor of the apartments, and effectiveness in providing compartmentation between the different living areas. It was specified with a feature anthracite trim, but otherwise SYSTEMGLAS Celare appears virtually frameless thanks to its PROMATECT® H frame which is concealed within the surrounding walls, floors and ceilings.

The Christ Church’s centrepiece gothic and trapezoidal windows required a different approach which involved SYSTEMGLAS Ligna, a timber framed fire rated glazing system. An EI60 rating was provided to ensure the original stained glass windows and stonework will be protected in the event of a fire, without compromising the aesthetics of these attractive original Victorian elements.

Cliff Hamilton, Managing Director at Renaissance Design & Build, said, “The building is absolutely amazing, the devil is in the detail, and we made sure that every aspect of the building was finished to the highest possible standards. The Promat glazing systems were ideal with bespoke frames, slim sight lines and clear butt joints meaning that we never had to compromise on our ambition for the internal appearance of the building.”

Commenting on how the fire resistant glazing solutions were delivered for the Christ Church project, Keith Crouchman, Project Director at Renaissance, added, “I was really impressed by the professionalism and expertise of Promat and Rated Solutions. They worked extremely hard through the pandemic to ensure we kept to our original build schedule.”

In addition to the third party accreditation the supports all SYSTEMGLAS specifications, Promat provides building owners with 360 degree assurance that their fire resistant glazing has been designed, manufactured and installed to deliver the performance specified. This includes a project-specific Certificate of Conformity, which is provided after a check of the finished installation, giving additional peace of mind to building occupants.

Promat SYSTEMGLAS is a complete range of fire resistant glazing systems, which includes steel and timber frame options, plus PROMATECT® H framing, which can be overclad, painted or concealed. Suitable for internal screens, partitions, atriums and external glazing elements, these high quality systems are complemented by steel and timber doors, plus a walk-on load-bearing glass floor – all designed to protect lives and assets in the event of a fire.

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