The Blue Anchor has called last orders in Fishpool St, St Albans

A cold and draughty former pub switches to a warm and peaceful family home with Selectaglaze secondary glazing.

This Grade II Listed Blue Anchor Pub, built in the 17th century, was one of the last remaining public houses in the historic Fishpool Street. In 2017, Osprey Development’s planning application was approved to convert The Blue Anchor into a two-storey four bedroomed home.

The restoration was designed by local architects, Briffa Phillips and supervised by building surveyors Kirsop and Co. The specialist team that undertook the work had many years’ experience in older restorations, undertaking a painstaking job to bring back all the original character with a hint of modern amenity.

The conversion of the building was a success; however, it still required a solution for the thermally cold and inefficient single glazed primary windows throughout. Additionally, the other requirement was noise insulation from the busy thoroughfare. Due to the Listed status of the building, these windows could not be replaced.

Selectaglaze visited the Blue Anchor to make an initial assessment of all the windows that were required to be treated. Predominantly, the windows overlooking the front of the property were where secondary glazing was required. As one can imagine with a building as old as the Blue Anchor, it has a lot of quirks and irregularities, with the window reveals being far from square and true.

A total of 16 units on the first floor, ground floor and study have been treated thus far using a selection of three window styles. All the units installed are versatile and slimline framing systems, suitable for Heritage properties. The Series 10 horizontal sliding unit was required to provide easy access to some of the outer windows. The Series 20 was the perfect unit to install mimicking some of the traditional box sash windows. The Series 30 lift-out unit was applied to the smaller windows in the building, offering a practical solution for treating windows which are rarely opened but require occasional access for cleaning or maintenance.

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