St Mary’s Church
Creating an internal arched door in frameless glass within a bespoke frameless glass screen at St Mary’s Church at Balcombe.
Ion Glass in conjunction with J H Payne & Sons of Hailsham
Custom frameless arched glass doors set into an arched structural glass screen, comprising two fixed side lights and a fixed glass overpanel designed to fit flawlessly into a hand built oak frame.
There has been a church on this site at Balcombe since 1090: it is an attractive but unpretentious country church, serving the local parish and has been designated a Grade I building of special historical interest.
The recent improvements to the church introduced a number of bespoke oak cupboards to improve the provisions for hosting community functions, including a concealed kitchen area.
The installation of a glass screen with arched doors provides a stylish and contemporary focal point to the internal improvements: the door closely replicates the existing timber doors in shape and size. The panels that make up the screen are set into a bespoke oak frame.
The new glass doors improve the natural light levels to the church and make an especially perfect entrance for weddings, allowing the bride to proceed directly from the exterior of the church to the altar.
The bespoke arched glass doors were accurately measured and manufactured to replicate the original timber doors. They are set into a glass sub frame comprised of a complex shaped over-panel in toughened glass and two fixed side lights which fit perfectly into a glazing rebate in the oak frame.
GEZE patch pivot hinges were fitted to the doors which sit on hydraulic closers that are recessed into the floor structure.
Custom built handles were laser cut in brushed stainless steel, commissioned and fitted by Ion Glass. The use of a bespoke double-sided handle with a significant horizontal element makes the doors very obvious and avoids the need to apply additional safety manifestations to the doors themselves.
A beautiful installation that has really transformed the West Entrance, allowing light to flood in to the church. This is a contemporary installation that perfectly complements the design of the original wooden doors.