Lainston House Hotel has transformed a heritage loggia, enclosing the arches

March 2019

The open loggia at Lainston House Hotel was an attractive but underused walkway with little or no practical purpose. Enclosing the arches with glass has transformed it into a welcoming area for pre-dinner drinks, afternoon tea or as a useful meeting room.
Deceptively simple the glass is wholly bespoke:
Each arch is enclosed with a single panel of glass, accurately measured to fit perfectly around the individual brick and stone corbels
Anti-reflective glass was specified to meet Historic England requirements and, structurally, the glass had be 13.5mm thick. Ion met both criteria by specifying Schott Amiran anti-reflective glass laminated to low iron glass
Each arched glass panel is set slightly out of upright to minimise reflectively
Minimal stainless steel clamps were used to ensure the result is visually unobtrusive
A glass manifestation in a bespoke floral design was applied to each panel
The final arch includes a frameless pivot door with a secure locking system
The hotel is delighted with the result: the loggia is now an attractive heated space in regular use.

Ion offered a complete ‘one-stop shop’ including the supply of all the necessary fixtures and fittings, digitally accurate measurements to achieve an accurate fit around the uneven arches and corbels and also ensured the finished result met Historic England requirements as well as the relevant structural and building regulations.

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