9 Beaufort Place, Lambridge, Bath
9 Beaufort Place forms part of a Grade II early 19th century residential terrace, situated within the Bath City-Wide Conservation Area & World Heritage Site. The terrace is modest in scale and form, with a two storey repetitive two bay elevational treatment that gently steps up the north-east – south-west slope between St Saviours Road and London Road. The terrace has been subject to a number of later alterations, with the addition of projecting porch structures to the principal façade. No. 10 on the far southern end incorporates projecting bay windows and a matching curved parapet indicative of a later 19th century addition, perhaps associated with its former use as a public house. The terrace features a mix of different fenestration types; whilst the use traditional-style multi-pane 6-over-6 sash windows has been sustained, including at No. 9, later replacements are evident in the use of 1-over-1 and 2-over-2 timber sashes, as well as the use of a pair of narrow single pane sashes at ground and first floor levels at No. 5a.
In light of the declared Climate Emergency, BPT is supportive of sensitive sustainability retrofits, where deemed appropriate, within the historic environment, as well as the sympathetic upgrade of traditional and listed housing stock to better meet modern standards of living. As such, we therefore note a positive opportunity for the sensitive implementation of energy efficiency retrofits and thermal improvements where this does not result in harm or the loss of significant historic fabric.
We are supportive of the principle of installing secondary glazing as a less invasive and easily reversible retrofit measure to improve the thermal performance and residential comfort of a listed building and ensure its long-term, sustainable use. The installation of secondary glazing would result in very limited harm to historic fabric, restricted to the proposed fixing points.
However, we recommend that proposed sections of the secondary glazing system should be included in relation to the existing windows to ensure that the secondary glazing is of an appropriately slim profile as to sit inconspicuously behind the existing sashes. Alternatively, the provision of measurements in relation to the proposed secondary glazing frames would enable for comparison with the main windows, and clarification as to the precise means of fixing where this appears to be “face-fixed” to the window surround.