Chain operated roller blinds for Merthyr Learning Quarter

In a bid to transform education in the Heads of the Valleys region and support the regeneration of Merthyr Tydfil, a new college building was designed, developed and received its first student intake in 2013.

Architects Boyes Rees worked alongside contract Interserve on a design that was to incorporate Merthyr Tydfil’s sixth form provision as well as the college currently in place. This, in effect creating a new tertiary hub in the heart of the Valleys.

The new building, totalling some 13,450 square metres accommodates all the expected curriculum areas including ICT, arts, hair and beauty, living skills, health, catering, business, sports, public services, social sciences and humanities. The building also houses a multi-functional sports hall designed to meet Sport England standards.

Swanmac was delighted to provide and install chain operated roller blinds incorporating an aluminium fascia system, of which were powder coated to match the curtain walling.  The fabrics used were premium sunscreen in 3% and 1% openness on different facades.  For this installation, the blinds were manufactured by Umbra Shading.

Openness refers to how tight the weave of the fabric is – the lower the number, the tighter the weave and so less light is able to flow through.

This was another great installation in the education sector of which we’re very proud!



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