Hotel Indigo, 4 – 8 South Parade, City Centre, Bath
In response to 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 building stock to better meet modern standards. 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 within surrounds as an easily reversible retrofit measure to improve the thermal performance of the building and ensure its long-term, sustainable use.
However, we recommend that existing and proposed sections of the windows both pre- and post-installation of secondary glazing are included as part of this application to ensure that the secondary glazing is of an appropriately slim profile as to sit inconspicuously behind the historic sashes and interior joinery details. We welcome further information regarding how the secondary glazing would be secured to the existing windows. Currently it remains unclear as to how the proposed secondary units would interact with the original windows and surrounding detail and we emphasise that this should be clarified before this application progresses further.
BPT is very interested in working with the applicant to reach an acceptable solution.