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Old Masters Protected By Histoglass

Arguably the most important building in the entire canon of British architectural history” (Jane Sidell, Historic England), this shockingly modern building – for its time – was designed by Inigo Jones and commissioned by Anne of Denmark.Heritage building

Queens House is now part of the Royal Museums Greenwich complex. It houses a stunning collection of paintings, including one by Orazio Gentileschi from the Royal Collection, commissioned by Henrietta Maria and Charles I for the house in the seventeenth century. The new exhibition also includes hundreds of paintings from the Greenwich collection, including works by Canaletto, Hogarth, Romney and Stubbs, and the magnificent Armada portrait of Elizabeth I, once owned by Sir Francis Drake.

In order to help protect these masterpieces, Histoglass supplied its MONO system featuring cylinder glass, including UV and solar protection and increased security ratings. The system achieves an impressive acoustic and thermal energy performance.


This new slate roof enhances the charm of the Renfrew Town Hall

If there is one thing especially remarkable in Scotland, that is its historical buildings, still retaining their original charm. The best evidence of this is the Renfrew Town Hall and Museum: a heritage building full of history that doesn’t go unnoticed for anyone visiting the area.

natural slate

Renfrew is a small Scottish town located 6 miles west of Glasgow, in a strategic area of Scotland, being therefore the scene of numerous military confrontations. That’s why its architecture oozes centuries of history.

Located downtown Renfrew, it is a truly architectural jewel, an impressive 19th-century building dominating the Renfrew skyline with its fairytale towers. The highest one rises to more than 100 feet and has become a symbol of the civic pride evident in town during its industrial heyday.

However, this is not the original Town Hall of Renfrew. The first one was originally built in 1670, and was used as a jail until 1839.  The current Town Hall was built in 1872.

After a £5.2m refurbishment programme, the building reopened in January 2012, having been fully restored and extended to house the new Renfrew Museum. As part of this renovation programme, the Renfrew Town Hall roof has been recently renewed with Heavy 3 natural slate. This slate has been the perfect choice to keep its original appeal of Scottish tradition and heritage.

natural slate

CUPA HEAVY 3™ slate is quarried from San Pedro de Trones in northern Spain. This quarry belonging to multinational company CUPA PIZARRAS, has been in operation since 1892. Actually it’s the oldest quarry in activity in the world and produces some 25,000 tons each year!

Heavy 3 is one of the key products of CUPA PIZARRAS, the world leader in natural slate. It’s a blue-black slate with a slightly gritty texture, perfect to withstand the high wind speeds and driving rain common throughout Scotland.

For further information about CUPA PIZARRAS’ products, visit its website: http://www.cupapizarras.com/uk/

Histoglass helps save iconic Leeds architecture

Histoglass Thin Double Glazing D13 (13mm), with clear and toughened float glass throughout, was chosen for the superb refurbishment of Leeds Printworks on Hunslet Road. It offers the very latest in thermal insulation as well as the high-performance acoustic insulation which is essential for such a busy location.

Leeds Printworks

This distinctive Grade-II listed building, constructed in 1895, was designed by Thomas Ambler for Alf Cooke’s printing works. The site became derelict when the works closed in 2005, but reopened in 2013 as Leeds City College’s Printworks Campus – part of a £25m project including several new adjacent buildings.

Leeds Printworks

The Printworks is one of Leeds’ historic landmarks, thanks in particular to its iconic clock tower and serried rows of large arched windows. At the height of Victorian manufacturing, the amount of light and fresh air they permitted would have been unusual; indeed, the building was described shortly after it was built as “the largest, cleanest, healthiest… printing works in the world”. The windows are therefore essential to the overall character of the building, and were a key consideration in its refurbishment.