Vital mechanical equipment at Wimbledon’s No.1 Court is being kept cool during the Championships, courtesy of the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist, Gilberts.
Over 350 square metres of louvres from Gilberts is being used at Levels 5 and 6 of the court perimeter; 176 panels of WH75 high performance weather louvres were designed, fabricated and delivered to site within a tight schedule to guarantee action on court could take place uninterrupted throughout the tournament.
The screening weather louvres comprise an integral part of the outer wall façade element of the £70m refurbishment of No.1 Court, which has included new hospitality and support facilities for this year, together with a fixed and retractable roof, all executed by Prater.
All the Gilberts’ louvre panels and doors are removable, in order to facilitate access to the plant behind; predominantly removable from the inside, a select few have been specially engineered with front face lift-off panels where rear access is not possible.
Ian Rogers, Gilberts Sales Director, commented: “With such a prestigious project, it mattered more than ever that the building components and materials were compliant.
“With our in-house technical expertise, we were able to develop initial designs, complete with bespoke detailing, supported by full specification criteria to prove our louvres would comply with the required Class A weather rating @ 0.5m/s face velocity.
“And we turned the order round, from initial enquiry to delivery, within a matter of weeks.”
Gilberts WH75 single bank louvres are proven, under European Standards, to be 99.5% effective in screening/exhaust applications, still delivering 99% effectiveness, even with a 1m/s face velocity.
They feature a unique blade design, which is central to the louvres’ ability to deliver high performance, efficiently preventing water ingress and draining it from the pane, whilst still delivering a free ventilation area of 50%.
Gilberts of Blackpool,
Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941
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