Canary Wharf College, London

Refurbished college benefits from high performance blinds

Waverley has recently completed the manufacture and installation of blinds throughout Canary Wharf College as part of a major refurbishment programme carried out by Main Contractor Kier Construction. The college is situated in the heart of the London Docklands and is neighbour to one of the world’s largest financial districts. Part of a multi-academy trust, the college teaches boys and girls from age 11 -18.

One of the main architectural features of the college building is the glazed gable ends on the top story which is occupied by the college’s management staff. Waverley manufactured and installed shaped ShadeTech® VL-C vertical louvre blinds with louvres made to suit the triangular shape. The louvres can be fully closed to reduce the effects of solar heat gain or rotated to maintain a view of the city skyline.

As is the case with many education establishments, the blinds at Canary Wharf College contravened BS EN 13120 child safety legislation which came into force in 2014. All of Waverley’s ShadeTech® blinds are either safe by design or can be installed with chain retainers to ensure compliance.

The main classroom areas now benefit from robust ShadeTech® RBL-G crank rod operated roller blinds. These blinds are not only ‘safe by design’ according to BSEN 13120 (having no looped cords) they are also very hardwearing in the tough classroom environment reducing on-going maintenance/repair costs to a minimum. All classroom windows are centre-pivot opening so Waverley’s installers had to ensure the blinds would not foul with the opening section of the frame.

Science labs at the college now benefit from ShadeTech® RBL-C dim-out blinds with DeltaBlock® 40 fabric to enable a wide range of science experiments to be carried out. ShadeTech® dim-out blinds are designed specifically for the education environment and benefit from LightLock® fabric retention system. A ‘zip’ system welded to the vertical edges of the fabric runs inside a corresponding insert with the side channels to ensure the fabric cannot be forced out of the channels by air draughts – a common issue with old, ‘leaky’ windows.

Finally the large glazed roof-light in one of the classrooms needed a blackout solution. Waverley installed an electric black-out blind to the roof light again making use of the LightLock® fabric retention system. The large glazed roof-light which floods the space with natural daylight can now be blacked-out effortlessly at the touch of a button.

Waverley’s products are widely used in schools. With a five year warranty ShadeTech® blinds give architects, contractors and the school management team peace of mind and a solar shading solution that dramatically improves the teaching and learning environment.

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