Quartermile 4, Edinburgh

Commercial Roller Blinds for Office Spaces

Waverley were selected by architects TP Bennett to provide a solar shading solution to match the state of the art office space in Edinburgh’s prestigious Quartermile development. Waverley’s Draper Flexshade manual and electric commercial roller blinds were installed on the 6th floor of ‘Quartermile 4’, a Grade A office space occupied by the Bank of Montreal. Floor to ceiling glazing on all sides floods the 6th floor with natural light and offers stunning views across the Quartermile development with Edinburgh Castle in the background.

TP Bennett had originally specified an alternative American designed heavy duty commercial roller blinds system but the cost savings and the improved smoother operation of the side chain control made it a ‘no-brainer’ to switch across to Draper. The boardrooms required both room darkening and sun screening fabrics, and again Draper’s one-piece dual roller blind system looks better and works better than the alternative supplier’s two-part, bolt-together dual brackets.

Floor to ceiling glass is increasingly incorporated into office design to provide maximum levels of natural light and make the most of the inspiring city centre skylines. Architects are then faced with the challenge to provide window blinds that will control heat and glare whilst being easy to use.

With the panoramic views on offer from the 6th floor, it was important that any window blind would provide through-vision to the outside world, whilst providing adequate glare and heat protection. TP Bennett specified Betascreen 90 fabric with a 3% openness factor. The neutral grey colour not only compliments the modern interior but allows excellent through vision and maintains an excellent degree of natural light whilst removing glare from computer screens.

Commercial roller blinds covering a window height of 3m can be heavy to operate. Draper roller blinds have a unique ball bearing clutch mechanism which allows heavy blinds to be roller up and down with ease. This mechanism is housed inside the bracket so that the control chain hangs directly below the bracket making the blind more stable.

The blinds are all mounted up inside a recessed ceiling pocket and Draper’s slim 119mm wide bracket was easily accommodated. The dual roller blind system locates one blind above the other so that it benefits from the same width bracket as a single system.

The dual blinds in the boardrooms allow occupants to darken the room sufficiently for AV equipment using the blind with DeltaBlock 70 blackout fabric, or simply to reduce glare and heat by using the blinds with Betascreen 90 fabric. These dual blinds are electrically operated and can be controlled via the central AV system.

The end result is a solar shading solution covered by Draper’s 25 year warranty that is easy to use, effectively reduces heat and glare and provides optimum views of the famous Edinburgh skyline.

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