Clearview National January 2018 - Issue 194 - Page 62

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS JULIA’S HOUSE - ‘MAKING MEMORIES - A PLACE TO HAVE FUN AND ESCAPE’ » » WELL OVER A DECADE AGO, JULIA Parks, who was a paediatric nurse at Poole Hospital, had a wish to open a children’s hospice. Starting small, a charity was set up which provided care and support in the community. However, as demand grew, Julia wanted to take the Charity one step further and open a Hospice for families to visit, which gave them a change from their ‘normal’ surroundings. An old property in Poole was acquired and converted for use, but unfortunately she passed away from cancer and never saw her dream executed. Julia’s legacy lives on and is expanding. Word of mouth about the Charity led to outreach work being carried out in Wiltshire which over time saw demand escalate, so a second centre has been opened in her name based in Devizes. A huge amount of work was needed; internal reconfigurations, extensions added and the two buildings being joined to make the space fit for purpose. A three year plan to raise £3.5 million to cover the works began. With supporters such as Robert Downey Jr, Martin Clunes and Guy Ritchie; as well as numerous other initiatives, the target was reached in just a year and half. Wates, the project manager, approached Selectaglaze about providing secondary glazing for some office rooms in the Grade II Listed building – wanting to create a nice working environment for the staff. As the original windows were old and draughty, Architect Hill Design specified thermally insulating secondary glazing to 4 box sash windows, as well as adding internal and external insulation to raise the U-values. Selectaglaze Series 25 vertical sliders provided the best option to match the existing sightlines and comfortably operate to the sizes specified. Selectaglaze employed regional partner Techniglaze to undertake the role of surveyor and installer, ensuring that the most cost effective price could be given, keeping overall build cos