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SHY (UK) - a sloping giant

SHY (UK)’s fabric tension system (FTS) was the perfect solution for a commercial office in London.


SHY (UK) doesn’t just make commercial roller blind systems, it offers a complete dealer service, from technical assistance through to design, manufacture and testing.

Proof positive of this service was an interesting commercial office job in London, fitted by SHY (UK)’s customer PCMS with the help of installation expert BBD.

With sloping glazing, the largest of which was 7.5m drop and up to 3.5m wide, the facilities management company sought a robust and effective shading solution. PCMS recommended SHY (UK)’s fabric tension system (FTS) and SHY (UK) set about providing the necessary back-up to ensure the job went without a hitch.

For the large glazing, SHY (UK) used its custom-designed 160mm diameter barrel as the fabric roller at the top of the glazing and its smaller 110mm roller as the cable drums at the bottom. The FTS cleverly adjusts the tension in the fabric during its travel, and when the blind is stopped or fully deployed, the motors gently turn in opposite directions to remove any sag.

Also at this site were some ‘smaller’ sloping windows of a nine square metres that did not need the FTS treatment. Here motorised roller blinds were designed to run on stainless steel guide wires fitted to custom designed brackets. The brackets were powder coated to the colour of the mullions as were the matching shims that were provided by SHY (UK) as the openings were far from square.

Tensioned blinds of this size need a very strong and structurally stable fabric and SHY (UK)’s S150 fibreglass screen fabric, in white, with a 5% openness and a light transmittance (Tv) of just 15% was specified at this site.

In total, the 16 blinds were controlled by RTS switches with grouping based on the tenant’s office layout.

Commenting on this installation Richard Steel, SHY (UK)’s business development manager, says “it was a pleasure to be involved from the outset on this project with PCMS so we could provide expert assistance every step of the way. Part of this support was to build a half-sized demonstration blind for the architect, facilities management company and the building owner to see exactly how the blinds would work. The quality of the finished job is a testament to this collaborative approach.

“Our commercial roller blind systems can be made to work at any angle and in any plane, from screen to blackout, big to small, shaped to regular and even blinds that lift upwards. When we talk about bespoke blinds, we mean bespoke, not just made to measure,” he adds.






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