As part of the complete refurbishment of ‘Obelix’, a 100 year old 25 metre Dutch steel Tjalk live-aboard barge, her private owner appointed Architect and Marine Surveyor, Adrian Priestman, to design and manage the project.

In addition to the myriad issues involved in the refit of such an age of vessel, the requirement was also to increase and improve living spaces.

Priestman comments, “Unsurprisingly, there were many challenges associated with the refurbishment of the historic barge, including ensuring that the stability was not compromised, and achieving optimum light and air flow.”

As glazing was such a key element in delivering the light and airflow elements of the refit, and having used Seaglaze Marine Windows previously, Priestman consulted with the Seaglaze Custom Team.

Working closely with the owner and Priestman, Obelix’s dedicated Seaglaze Account Manager, Caroline, and the Seaglaze Technical Team, collaborated to design a number of large fixed and sliding double glazed bespoke windows, in addition to an impressive bi-folding door which almost spanned the entire 4m width of the barge.

Priestman stated, “Both Obelix’s owner and I are delighted with the solutions that Seaglaze proposed and have subsequently delivered. It was a challenging engineering and conceptual process to meet the light and air flow prerequisites, however these have been delivered, to an exceptional standard. The vessel now looks incredible and the harmonious fusion between such a historic craft and Seaglaze’s cutting edge glazing technology is creating great interest.”

Located in the prestigious South Dock Marina in London, UK, Obelix is now undergoing her internal fit out.