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Maple solve plant screen problem at Welsh science park

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Maple used an innovative approach to install a louvred plant screen at the new Menai Science Park hub on Anglesey.

A complex and time-critical build schedule required us to be on and off site as quickly as possible. So, instead of the traditional method of attaching individual lengths of louvres to a frame on site, we used a modular system.

Louvred screens for the rooftop area were created as large panels, lifted into place and clipped together. As a result, installation was quicker and less disruptive, and helped the project team open Wales’s first science park on time and on budget in March 2018.

The plant screens were specified by architects Faulkner Brown to protect machinery, but also to hide the equipment and not detract what is a striking building design.

A similar blend of practically and aesthetics was required when Maple returned to site to install more than 150 interior blinds ― many of which, at high level, were electronically controlled.

The £20m project, known as M-SParc, is a subsidiary of Bangor University and offers laboratories, office space and business support to companies.