MEATmarket, Covent Garden
Royal Warrant Holder Selectaglaze Ltd., is best known as the UK’s foremost designer and manufacturer of bespoke secondary glazing systems, having in the past 45 years worked in many of the country’s most famous and historic buildings.But a recent project in London’s Covent Garden is perhaps one of the most eye-catching to date involving a 26 metre screen fitted at the MEATmarket, a quick-eat fast-food burger kitchen housed within the 1904 Grade 2 Listed Jubilee Market Hall and overlooking the covered market stalls, which boast the best and broadest selection of antiques in London.
Originally, the MEATmarket platform had no windows, just PVC strip curtains and netting, which was unattractive and did little to filter out the noise from the busy market below. Working in conjunction with refurbishment specialist PJ Harte, Selectaglaze was briefed to design, manufacture and install a glazed screen incorporating fixed and horizontally sliding units to seal off the burger kitchen from the Market and improve both the acoustics and the environment.
The screen is nearly 3m high and was designed to fit around the deep ceiling beams and existing pipework. A total of 34 frames with 68 individual panes some shaped and all incorporating safety glass were installed. The work needed to be undertaken after the burger kitchen had closed so that the day-to-day running of the business was not interrupted; the installation was completed over 6 nights.
The owners subsequently arranged for the glass to be filmed with eye catching graphics to create a real ‘Retro’ feel.