Gilberts Blackpool: Facing Data Centre Ventilation

  • 2 May 2024

Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist Gilberts is enabling data centre architects and constructors to face the challenge of delivering a sustainable ventilation strategy.

As the size of data centres grows, the Blackpool-based manufacturer has responded by developing what it believes is one of the most comprehensive range of louvres for plant protection or integrating into the facade. 

And it is complimenting the product offering with top-class service: with its in-house test laboratory – one of the most advanced in the country – it can computer model via Computational Fluid Dynamics and BIM to validate performance at drawing board stage.




The louvres can be specified to optimise the industry-specific performance requirements, balancing airflow, acoustic attenuation, pollutant control, in a modular format for ease of upscaling, whether factory-built or site-assembled.

With free ventilation area of 50% as standard, Gilberts’ louvres are proven to be 99% effective in screening/exhaust. Its high performance Class A weather-rated Series WH louvre blades are specifically designed to not only prevent wind-driven rain and other particulates entering the building, but also to effectively discharge even heavy rain without the cascade effect inherent in cumulative water build-up on large buildings – all achievable in a single bank format. 

Clip-on blade

Designed with a unique clip-on blade, the flexibility of Gilberts’ louvres lend themselves to adjustments in the data centre scale and form. Dummy and active sections, access doors, insect screens, vermin mesh and bird guards can all be easily added as needed. 

Acoustic treatment is also available, offering noise attenuation down to 33dB.

Available as standard in mill finish, by utilising its in-house advanced powder coating facility, Gilberts can supply the louvres in any colour, whether in standard or marine grade paint.

Ian Rogers, Gilberts Sales Director, comments: “It can be forgotten that for any internal ventilation system to work at its optimum, energy-efficiently, it needs a good supply of fresh air and exhaust of used warm air. This is especially true in the high heat load environments of data centres.

“Louvres – whether integrated into the façade or screening plant – play a critical role therein. With our unique combination of experience (spanning 60 years), product quality and support, we are increasingly the ‘go to’ choice as the UK builds its dominance of cloud services.”


Gilberts of Blackpool,
Gilair Works,
Clifton Road,
FY4 40T

Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941

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