Barham Village Hall, Kent

Electric Blackout Blinds turn Village Hall into a Multi-Purpose Event Space

Waverley supplied and installed a series of motorised horizontal block-out blinds to the glazed rooflight window in the main event space at Barham Village Hall. The village hall underwent significant extension and refurbishment a few years back to enable the hall to provide a multi-functional venue for a broader range of events.

The vaulted ceiling, typical of a traditional village hall, benefits from glazing to the apex. This floods the entire building with natural light which is augmented by windows down each side. This creates a stimulating, airy event space for a range of activities. However, in order to appeal to theatrical clubs and to organisations needing a large space to show audio visual presentations, the management team realised they need to provide the ability to darken the room.

Waverley were called in to recommend a room darkening solution that would be robust, low maintenance and easy to operate. Given that the blinds would be operated by first-time users every time, the control of the blinds had to be intuitive. The hard-to-reach, high level position of the blinds called for a system that would be reliable and maintenance free.

User-Friendly Control means Any User of the Hall can Operate the Blinds

Waverley supplied and installed SHY electrically operated tensioned blackout blinds to the rooflight windows. The cassette and side channels are powder coated in black to match the ceiling, making them unnoticeable when not in use. At the single press of a button on the hand-held remote control switch, the light filled hall is transformed into a darkened room suitable for theatrical performances.

Waverley took care of all aspects of the project including the provision of electrical wiring and suitable access equipment. The timber floor was protected during installation and the Village Hall Manager said ‘I should just like to say how absolutely delighted I am with the installation’.

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