BLINDS FOR BUCKINGHAM GATE October 2013
When office workers move into the new landmark office development at 62 Buckingham Gate, in London’s Victoria district, they’ll be relieved to find that each of its eleven floors is equipped with Levolux’s 760SX controlled ascent Roller Blinds.
As the UK’s leading solar shading specialist, Levolux was approached to supply and install more than 1,500 manual Roller Blinds to eleven floors of this BREEAM ‘excellent’ rated development. Having already impressed with its delivery of a custom roof screening enclosure with integrated photovoltaic panels, Levolux was the natural choice to fulfil the internal solar shading requirements.
62 Buckingham Gate is central to Land Securities’ regeneration of Victoria, which will transform an area stretching east from Victoria Station, along Victoria Street. It is an eleven storey mixed-use development, offering 256,970 sq ft of prime office space, with 15,250 sq ft reserved for street level shops and restaurants.
Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and Swanke Hayden Connell architects, the new development boasts surprisingly large floor plates, with floor to ceiling glazing allowing daylight to penetrate into the core of the building.
Unlike traditional office buildings, which tend to have a uniform external envelope with a vertical facade, 62 Buckingham Gate resembles a prism-like structure with a multifaceted glazed façade, accommodating fine creases or folds, and tilting planes.
The tilting and tapered nature of the glazing on each floor is unique and introduced a challenging 3-dimensional aspect to overcome when designing the position and deployment of each Roller Blind, particularly when negotiating corners and crease lines. A bespoke bottom bar retainer has been used to incline each Blind inwards or outwards, as required to bring the Blinds into alignment with the glazed envelope.
Once each Roller Blind has been lowered to the desired position, the bottom bar and bead chain are then hooked into place to secure the blind. Each Blind is fitted with an automatic braking system to prevent excessive stress on components. A controlled ascent feature raises the Blinds automatically should the bottom bar and bead chain become disengaged from the retainer.