ION Glass - A Glass Porch is both beautiful and functional

July 2020

Structural glass porches can make a significant difference to the functionality of a building with minimal impact on the existing architecture, whether you opt for an internal lobby, external porch or enclose an existing porch with structural glass to make a weatherproof entrance.

Take a look at how these churches improved their welcome with new porches.
Structural glass porch
Internal glass porch, St Mary’s at the Quay

With no option to increase the footprint of this inner city church, the requirement for an entrance porch was met with an internal glass lobby. Structural glass fins and concealed fixings were used to minimise the visual impact inside the church. The porch was designed to fit underneath the mezzanine floor and around a mediaeval font.

St Leonards Church, Hythe
The glass porch installed at St Leonard’s is designed to combat the strong winds gusting directly from the English Channel. An attractive lobby in structural glass incorporates a head frame with baffles and vents to release the pressure of the wind and ensure the bespoke glass doors don’t blow open.
Holy Trinity Church, Wantage
Infilling the existing wooden structure with glass panels and installing an automatic glass door created a welcoming entrance to Holy Trinity Church. With a fully enclosed glass porch, the inner door to the church can be left open, allowing light to flood into the interior and retaining heat.
Considering a glass porch? The expert team at Ion Glass will provide technical advice, measurements and drawings to ensure the result meets all your criteria, whether in a heritage, ecclesiastical, residential or commercial building.

For more information on our structural glass porches, glass screens, glass linkways, glass balustrades, glass infill panels, glass stairways or other architectural glass installations call us on 0345 658 9988, send us an email via or click on the enquiry form on our website.

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