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Fitting blinds is open and shut case for Maple at police HQ

Posted by Alfie Newton on 06-Nov-2018 09:55:07

Lancashire Police

Maple have supplied and installed 145 roller blinds for a new police headquarters in Blackpool. And just like the Lancashire Constabulary, our successful outcome came from careful investigations.

We were commissioned to provide blinds for three floors of the new HQ.
At 2.2m wide with a 3m drop, they were some of the largest we’ve created ― and the heaviest. So, when it came to installation, we had to weight up all the evidence.

“Each roller blind was around 8kg ― too heavy for the plasterboard ceiling,” explained Maple’s Internal Blind Manager, Chris Rimmer. “So, we worked with the architect to design a different fixing detail that would attach directly to the mullions of the curtain walling and ensure a secure fix.”

The £24m police station, which opened in the summer of 2018, is a striking addition to Blackpool’s built environment. It has been constructed with modern materials suitable for a coastal environment, and includes many energy-saving features.

Maple’s blinds, from our Ultra roller-shade range, control glare and help keep the building cool in summer (reducing air-conditioning costs) but still allow some natural light when closed.

The manually controlled blinds are ‘reverse-fixed’ so the rollers fix neatly between the window mullions. To complete the seamless effect, our specialist fixings were powder-coated to the precise RAL colour.

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