Client: Much Hadham Parochial Church Council
Main contractor: Hutton Construction
Architect: Freeland Rees Roberts Architects
The Grade I Listed St Andrew’s Church in Much Hadham, a village in Hertfordshire dating back to Saxon times, has recently had its historic bells refurbished. Somewhat ironically, however, a significant reduction of the noise break-out from the bell tower at the boundary of the churchyard was required. Part of the refurbishment therefore was to improve the dilapidated sound insulation to the louvres in the church tower (which looked as if a bit like sackcloth had been hung behind them).
Uniquely, the tower has glass louvres which not only allow more daylight into the belfry but also enables internal lighting to emanate and enhance the church’s floodlighting scheme at night.
Consequently, the Church Council’s hope was to use “secondary windows” rather than more the traditional acoustic mitigation which could be kept shut during bell ringing practice and opened when the congregation was to be called, for services on Sundays and wedding ceremonies.
We helped Selectaglaze to devise a practical and affordable solution which enabled the Church Council’s dreams to be realised.