6 x Eliminate ScreenLine 95® zip roller blind systems, with a Soltis 86 screening material and Somfy RTS automation, with an additional Centralis RTS wireless wall override switch.
Principle’s Residence, Durham University, Van Mildert College, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LH.
Contract won through James Robertshaw trade division.
Overheating rooms have been causing problems at Durham University for decades. Yet when they contacted UK Blinds and Shadings, the company knew exactly who to call on to cool their building down.
Durham University is the third oldest university in England, and they wanted to ensure that new technology could be incorporated into the old principal’s house. Hiring local firm, UK Blinds and Shadings, they needed a product with the technology to shield the building from the sun, whilst allowing inhabitants to enjoy the beautiful landscaped views across the campus.
James Robertshaw was the name that came to mind when UK Blinds and Shadings’ Neil Bamborough looked at the project. He said: “Initially we were looking at awnings, but there was a problem. The building has a copper roof, which comes down the wall. If we’d penetrated that it may have caused leaks. At the time James Robertshaw had released The Eliminate Collection® and I knew it would be an ideal solution.”
Bolton based company James Robertshaw is known for their high quality manufacture of internal and external blinds and awning systems. The Eliminate Collection® is their new range of internal and external zip roller blind systems. The shade Bamborough chose was the Eliminate ScreenLine 95® zip roller blind system, with a Soltis 86 screening material and Somfy RTS automation.
The Eliminate Collection® is a very durable exterior blind range. In this instance it was the solar shading element that was needed, although it can be used as either blackout (Eliminate BlackLine Collection®) or noise reduction (Eliminate AcoustaLine Collection®).
By using the Soltis 86 fabric, with a 14% openness factor, not only is overheating massively reduced, it allows the inhabitants of the Principal’s house a clearer view of the campus. Bamborough says: “The fabric reflects heat and glare, but allows a view out. From the inside you get quite a good, unhindered view even when the blinds are fully down. But looking back in you can’t see in the house.”
And when it came to the primary problem, heat, James Robertshaw provided the best solution. Bamborough says: “The Eliminate is a better solution than a traditional folding-arm awning. There were six huge windows, which were all southwest facing. This meant the rooms were becoming unbearable.
“James Robertshaw’s solution was better than traditional blinds. This is because of the way it’s constructed. It’s closer to the glass, cutting out about 92% of the heat. So whilst the awning would have taken care of the glare, it wouldn’t have been as affective as the Eliminate system.”
UK Blinds and Shading have used James Robertshaw’s products for a long time because, as Bamborough says: “They are one of the most helpful companies I’ve ever dealt with.”