Great Yarmouth Town Hall

A modern shading solution in this Grade II listed building minimises glare and heat gain in summer whilst retaining heat in winter

SHY (UK) worked together with Cooks Blinds and Shutters Ltd to produce a shading solution that was modern but matched the heritage of the building.

Great Yarmouth Town Hall is a classic example of Victorian Gothic architecture and is a Grade II listed building. Despite this heritage there was a requirement for a modern approach to solar shading to help prevent glare and reduce heat gain in the main assembly rooms.

In this large and beautiful space the windows were up to 4,450mm in height, but only 500mm wide. SHY worked with approved installer, Cooks Blinds and Shutters Ltd., to determine the optimum solution to reduce glare and heat, but not detract from the elegance of the room.

In total, 69 SHY Obscura roller blinds with spring assisted side chain operation were used, making it as easy to raise the blind as lower it. The roller blinds were fitted with fabric to provide the degree of control the client required. This material also has a benefit of reducing heat loss in the winter and was another advantage given that the Grade II listed status meant that single glazing was used throughout the building.

In other areas of the Town Hall SHY Zip dim-out blinds were installed to provide room darkening. These were electrically operated and controlled by radio controlled switches to minimise surface wiring.

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