A unique solution has been designed by Hunter Douglas’s engineering and creative experts for a 1.6 million prestige building at Goodwod Aero Club. Clean, linear and contemporary, the striking Aero Club building in Chichester, West Sussex was designed by London-based architect State of Craft to house the café and flight school at this world famous aviation site. Hunter Douglas’s 24 fully automated and motorised external roller blinds 7.5 m2 (80.7 ft2 ) were manufactured and designed to complement the ultra-modern, sleek look of the predominantly glass fronted building.
Automated wind sensors protect the motorised external roller blinds from high winds. Fully motorised, the blinds can be easily operated by remote control in groups or simultaneously, offering maximum flexibility. “We were tasked with providing a bespoke solution to anchor the side guide wires of the blinds to the polished concrete floor that are peripheral to the building,” said Mike Foulston, Specification Sales Manager at Hunter Douglas, who worked closely with the architects and award-winning local building contractor Tasker Catchpole to create a system that would fulfill the design aesthetic and be fully functional. “It created numerous challenges for the design team but we found a neat and innovative solution to ensure that we could stay true to the architect’s vision. Key to this was Hunter Douglas continued efforts to meet the needs of the project on time and to a tight deadline.”
The external roller blinds were made using a Helioscreen fabric in Carré Black specified by Architect Mário Lourenço. This PVC-coated fiberglass fabric has superior solar heat and light control properties. A clean and seamless finish to the installation was achieved by powder-coating the bespoke anchors to complement the external glazing hardware, and the leading specialist manufacturer also created a tailor-made closure to cover the pocket behind the blind headbox, which was powder-coated to match external glazing. John Wells, project manager at Tasker Catchpole, said: “It was a complex design that create a number of design challenges for us and Hunter Douglas, but the team was exceptional in the way that it tackled the problems, coming up with a creative solution that enabled us to work together to make this one-off design work perfectly and look great, too.”