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Broadview Blinds was appointed by GDST (The Girls’ School Day Trust) to design and install bespoke canopies to provide all year round sun and rain protection at Wimbledon High Junior School.

The project covered three floors and 15 classrooms plus one staffroom at the junior school. It was a challenging project in respect of the size of the covered area, along with the unique technical design of the buildings itself, where all three floors were set up in a tiered format.

The customer’s requirements for the ground floors canopies were different to the first and second floors. This area did not require a retractable roof system so solid roof canopies were supplied and installed, offering shading and all year round weather protection. The design allowed light to still stream into the classrooms underneath.

The canopy systems installed on the first and second floors were designed to give the ultimate in protection and durability. A total of 11 canopies were installed over these two floors using the Broadview 220 retractable roof system. These electrically operated roof systems use heavy duty FR rated PVC roof fabrics, which run on an electronically operated heavy-duty powder coated aluminium frame.

Each roof was manufactured with its own front and side drainage system, which allowed the canopy to be used in all sorts of inclement weather. The second floor canopies were fitted onto specially customised goal posts that were powder coated to the same colour as the system including doors and window frames. The finished products were delivered to meet the customer original specification of blending in with the original building surroundings.

The ground floor area was installed with the Broadview 116 System, supplied with a polycarbonate roof that was then installed onto a solid heavy duty powder coated aluminium frame powder coated to match the colour way of the building. The colour of the polycarbonate roof panels was carefully chosen, so that it provided the best possible solar protection underneath, but at the same time did not affect the light.

The Broadview team supplied approximately 250 square metres of weather/shading protection so that the pupils, teachers and parents can enjoy their environment all year round.

The total installation took four specialised fitters 10 days to complete, which was on time and on budget. Martin Rayner, sales director of Broadview says:  “We worked very closely with the client (GDST) to achieve exactly what they looking for. While the customer requests were clear and precise, certain aspects of the project needed careful consideration when looking at the visual impact of the whole installation. However, the customer was open minded when it came to our suggestions and felt at ease for Broadview to take total control of this project. With all its technical difficulties associated with this contract, it ran smoothly and all client expectations and more were met.”

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