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Glass For Ecclesiastical & Historical Buildings

Why use Frameless Glass Entrance Doors in a Church Building?

Our frameless glass entrance doors are a great unobtrusive way to make the entrance to a church building or other historical building attractive and appealing whilst also offering protection from the inclement British weather!

Research shows that in the colder months, churches struggle to indicate an open and welcoming appeal due to needing to keep the doors shut to keep the weather out. This makes it hard for passers by to tell that the Church is open and welcoming.

Our frameless glass solutions are generally well accepted by the Church authorities, local councils and Historic England and are recognised to improve accessibility to the Church throughout the year. This is often achieved by shaping the doors to sit within the existing (often arched) opening, just behind the existing doors. This allows the main original doors to be left open, whilst the frameless glass doors remain closed, offering protection from the wet and windy weather.

Frameless Glass in Historical Building

Maintaining the Historic Importance of the Building

We understand the challenges of new installations within Ecclesiastic and Heritage Buildings versus maintaining the historical importance of the buildings and the processes required to gain permission to undertake new works.

By the very nature of frameless glass design, our solutions are as unobtrusive as possible, using only minimal fixings into the surrounding structure. The fixtures and fittings used are typically available in a range of finishes such as satin stainless steel, or brass to provide the right aesthetic for the building.

We are happy to work with you right from conception of the project to ensure we offer the best solution for your building and your requirements. We work with you to ensure you have all the information you need to approach the relevant authorities to gain approval for the works. We are happy to discuss the project and different options at any stage throughout the process.

Installing a Frameless Glass Entrance Screen to a Church Building

Once the relevant approvals have been sought and we are instructed to go ahead, fabrication and installation of the new screen can get under way.

Our senior surveyors will attend site with specialist equipment to undertake a detailed survey of the opening where the entrance screen is to be installed.

The glass can then be shaped and cut to exactly suit the shape of the opening to ensure a perfect fit.

Drawings will be prepared (or updated if issued previously) for your approval, prior to anything going into manufacture.

Once approved, the glass will go into production and any specialist items ordered in.

Once everything is ready, we will arrange a suitable installation date with yourselves. If we are installing the screen to the main entrance of the building, some disruption is likely to occur during the few days of installation but we will work with you to minimise this as much as possible.

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Patch fittings to a frameless glass partition in the entrance of a Church.

Creating Rooms with Frameless Glass Partitions

In addition to entrance screens, frameless glass partitions can also be used in larges spaces within Churches or other historical buildings to create new useable spaces.

Historical buildings often no longer suit modern day uses and by creating smaller more useable spaces with frameless glass, the building can be more greatly utilised without detracting from, or damaging, its original features. Our glass can be shaped around intricate features such as existing columns to maintain the beauty of the original feature.

A large Church might be divided to create a smaller, more intimate Nave with the remaining space divided with frameless glass partitions to create useable rooms for local groups, meetings and other events.

These smaller spaces are also easier to heat, providing energy cost savings for the Church. Technology within the glass means that it is possible to provide heated glass, to heat the spaces without an existing heat source, or to provide switchable glass, which can turn opaque to provide privacy to specific areas.

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