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Top marks for Faber school project

The Eastwood School is setting new standards for Scottish school design and Faber Blinds enjoyed a key role in its development.

 

Faber Blinds, part of the Hunter Douglas group, is internationally recognised for fabricating solar shading solutions for commercial premises. This expertise was called upon for the Eastwood School project in Glasgow, completed by delivery architects Cooper Cromar and main contractors BAM.

The school has introduced innovative measures including open-plan areas designed to counteract bullying, identically-designed classrooms and dual-purpose common areas. These features were integral to the success of the project, but also presented a number of significant design challenges to Faber’s team.

Working closely with both the architects and contractors from the start of the initial design process, Faber Blinds ensured the solutions it created met the stringent requirements of the new building. The systems included Faber’s 1800 roller blind systems for rooflights installed at the school’s 10 x 12.5m rooflights that can be locked precisely in any required position. A motorised system was required due to the size and height of the rooflights.

Several control options are offered with the Faber 1800 OL system. Manual control using a rod operated gearbox is a simple and low cost solution for smaller blind sizes. Electric operation is available for high level or inaccessible installations and large areas of glazing, or where the blinds need to be grouped and centrally controlled. An FTS system is also available with Faber 1800 OL blackout blinds, using a motor at each end of the blind.

Elsewhere in the new development, open vent windows needed to open automatically in the event of a fire. Faber’s solution was to link the management controls for its 1800 FTS blinds to fire alarms so they open automatically in case of emergency. All fabrics used for the 1800 FTS blinds systems offered by Faber are fire retardant, DIN 4102 B1.

This imaginative system, combined with the close working relationship through design stage, to manufacture and installation, ensured Faber Blinds played a key role in the success of the overall scheme.

Cooper Cromar paid tribute to the professional approach of the delivery team, including Faber Blinds, in creating such an innovative educational establishment.

The Faber solutions were instrumental in achieving the main design ethos of the project. “The school design is based on a learning hub concept with the school’s teaching spaces wrapped around a bright and open central atrium, which combines, teaching, learning and social spaces,” says a Cooper Cromar spokesperson.

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