Gloucestershire College: Forest of Dean Campus case study
Product: Motorised Louvashade 89 vertical blinds and Solshade 830E blackout blinds
Location: Cinderford, Forest of Dean
That’s Interesting: The motorised blinds are designed to open and close automatically at dawn and dusk to minimise light pollution for bats living in the surrounding woodland.
Kensington Systems worked with Barnwood Construction to provide the blinds at Gloucestershire College’s new Forest of Dean Campus in Cinderford.
Blackout blinds were installed in the laboratories and motorised vertical blinds in all other areas.
Vertical blinds provide greater control over light levels than roller blinds.
Blackout blinds were also installed on large areas of glazing to minimise light bleed.
The new building is set in a stunning rural location and is surrounded by woodland. Planning conditions stipulated that light pollution should be minimised as much as possible to reduce the impact on local bats.
The motors are fitted with dawn and dusk sensors and connected into the Building Maintenance System. This enables the blinds to close automatically at dusk.
Gloucestershire College also has campuses in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Facilities at the Forest of Dean include purpose-built construction workshops kitted out with industry-standard tools and equipment, as well as new art studios and creative workshops.