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Care home gets eye-catching new entrance thanks to Hunter Douglas Blinds

2015-12-22 17:08:02

Care home gets eye-catching new entrance thanks to Hunter Douglas Blinds

A St John’s Trust care home in Oxfordshire recently underwent a refurbishment programme that included plans for an impressive new atrium.



As part of the work at the home in Abingdon, the St John’s Trust were keen to provide more natural light for residents and visitors in the main entrance area, while at the same time offering them some protection from direct sunlight.



Hunter Douglas Blinds provided two large rooflights and bespoke blinds for the Old Station House home in Abingdon. The large 2.7m x 6m horizontal FTS rooflight blinds included special screen fabric to stop the glare issues the home had previously experienced in the six-metre high atrium area.



The motorised FTS rooflight systems are particularly suitable for use on projects where there are large skylights or atria areas that require solar shading. The system features two motors, one at each end of the blind, to ensure that the fabric is held under tension at all times, the controls allow the blind to be stopped at any precise position, along its length of travel.

There are several control options available with the the standard Hunter Douglas 1800 system, including manual control using a rod operated gearbox, providing a low cost option for smaller blind sizes and installations where the blinds are easily accessible. Motorised operation is available for high level, larger blinds or where there is a requirement to group the operation of the blinds together.



The Old Station House care home is situated on the site of the old railway station in the centre of Abingdon, comprising 43 flats arranged on three floors. Residents are supported in their healthcare needs by their own GP and other local health services.



The home is arranged into six units. There is a large communal area in the centre of the home, where residents are able to gather to enjoy different entertainments, group meetings and coffee mornings, as well as other social activities such as church services.



The St John’s Trust operates home throughout the country and Hunter Douglas Blinds has provided the perfect solution for the Old Station House, creating an attractive system that has solved the problem of glare in the atrium and reduced the amount of heat gain.

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