Granada Secondary Glazing has opened a new dedicated operation in Scotland to serve rising demand for specific secondary glazing solutions in all types of buildings North of the Border.

As specialists in insulating the UK’s listed and conservation-controlled building stock, Granada has already completed a number of projects in Scotland, bringing both older and newer buildings up to date from a thermal and acoustic performance perspective.

With the April 2021 opening of new office in Edinburgh, Mike Latham from Commercial Sales at Granada Secondary Glazing explains how the region’s architects and specifiers will be offered their full turn key solution, all delivered by a local team based in the capital city.

“Having spoken to a number of clients and potential clients in Scotland, they really welcome the fact that we can now offer our market-leading secondary glazing products and services from a Scottish-based location,” says Mike.

Full secondary glazing service launched for Scotland

Heading up the Granada team as Senior Project Manager is David Glasgow who lives in Edinburgh. His team comprises a surveyor, project manager and two installation teams who can provide a full secondary glazing surveying, design and installation service across Scotland.

“David is our ‘Mr Scotland’ and he brings a wealth of experience to his role in serving the Scottish market,” continues Mike. “We’ve set up a proper operation with the full weight and support of our South Yorkshire HQ behind it, but with the design, project management and installation process all being handled by Scots locally.”

A key element in Granada’s secondary glazing services for the Scottish market is having ready access to window refurbishment for timber sash and case windows, predominantly installed in Scotland’s listed and historic buildings.

“Much of our work in Scotland involves heritage properties which have timber sash and case windows that are retained. Because these windows are old, they inevitably need fully refurbishing before the secondary glazing is fitted in front of them,” explains Mike.

He adds: “Thanks to his extensive experience, David also has unfettered access into refurbishment teams that can refurbish both the sash and case windows and steel Crittall windows. This is a valuable extra service that I am sure will be appreciated by our clients in Scotland who can now come to Granada for the whole secondary glazing package.”

In recent years, Granada Glazing has carried out a number of successful projects for Historic Environment Scotland, the public body responsible for investigating, caring for and promoting Scotland’s historic environment. These range from hotels, offices and commercial buildings to ancient castles.

Secondary glazing is the proven cost-effective, efficient and discreet solution to cure issues with external noise, thermal efficiency and enhance security in buildings of all ages. When correctly installed, secondary glazing can make buildings 80% quieter by reducing noise levels up to 54dB.

Secondary glazing is preferred option for heritage and listed buildings

Where single glazed primary windows are retained – especially in heritage and listed buildings for aesthetic or planning requirements – secondary glazing is frequently the preferred option to create a warmer, quieter and more secure environment. Slimline aluminium frames are virtually invisible, maintaining a building’s charm and character while bringing the glazing system up to modern-day performance standards.

Secondary glazing addresses noise, thermal and security issues

The unique capability of quality secondary glazing to solve specific issues – be they acoustic, thermal or security – with a discreet, yet practical and user-friendly solution – enables the retention of original glazing and a property’s essential character. Addressing thermal issues by improving insulation and reducing heat loss helps to lower energy bills and a building’s carbon footprint.

Extra insulation provided by secondary glazing can eliminate draughts and heat loss by up to 65%, while the robust aluminium frames securely fixed internally enhance security by deterring unwanted intrusion.