St. Peters Church, Dunchurch


St Peters Church, Ion Glass, HB Architects and Symon Construction.


Structural Glass Bell Ringing Chamber, Arched Glass Screen, Glass Doors, Juliette Balconies and Glass Balustrading, Stainless Steel Glass Door Handles, Pivot Hinges.

Project Overview:

The project was to create a new ringing chamber inside the tower using the original floor to form the ceiling of the new room. This room was enclosed by glass to provide acoustic screening without obscuring the original stained glass window. A frameless glass balustrade was installed across the front of the platform, with a further balustrade to protect the stained glass window. Access to the new platform was via a spiral staircase.

A key benefit of the project was to separate the sound of the bells from the music of the organ. The new platform had to be compatible with the original 13th Century stonework of the church, enhancing rather than obscuring the original architecture.


Vicar Malcolm Garratt expressed himself ‘over the moon' with the result and the Bishop of Coventry commented that it was the best installation he has seen in any church both within and outside his Diocese.

Technical Information:

The glass door and screen across the front of the ringing chamber were produced in several sections. A triple panel of Planar glazing fits across the apex of the arch into a bespoke stainless channel that was made to the exact shape of the stonework. The door to the chamber pivots on bespoke stainless hinges between two side screens which are reinforced by structural glass fins to ensure the absolute stability of the installation.

The special bespoke handles on the glass doors were designed and manufactured by Ion Glass to reflect the shape of the arch.

The structural glass balustrade was produced in 15mm toughened glass, resin anchored into bespoke bracketry powder coated in bronze to match the spiral staircase.

With a platform 4 metres above the floor and only accessible by ladder at the time, the 300 kilo panels of glass were lifted into position by a crane – restricted by the proximity of the wooden pews and the need to avoid damage to  the fabric of the church.

The structural glass balustrade to protect the stained glass window had to be in a single span with bespoke fixing brackets set into the angled stone reveals of the arched window. The glass balustrade was produced in 21.5mm laminated toughened glass and Ion designed and produced appropriate bracketry to hold the glass securely but unobtrusively.


Glass product types

Resin set glass balustrade systems for frameless glass balustrades in churches and heritage buildings

Where security is important, all Ion Glass doors can be fitted with locks and alarms

All Ion Glass doors are available in a choice of glass finishes with your choice of door furnishings

Ion’s bespoke frameless glass doors are the optimum choice for both internal and external locations

Our specialist glass screens in heritage settings include acoustic glass; fire-rated glass and switchable glass to meet a variety of specific needs

Add a glass structure to an existing building to create a glass extension with minimal impact and maximum style
Screens and glass partitions divide spaces and create functional environments, meeting rooms and acoustic glass soundproofing
Create an impressive entrance that is both welcoming and secure or use glass doors internally for full vision and functionality
Structural glass balustrades with a wide range of fixing methods can be used internally or externally for optimum results