Data Hall Cooling / Security Walls - Case study
Client: Internet Service Provider
Requirement: Data Hall Cooling Walls
Fire Escape Screening - Case study
Client: Developer, Accra, Ghana.
Requirement: To enclose seven storey fire escape.
Overview: The developer, who is a long term client of Aluminium Systems, built a substantial office block incorporating a ground floor car dealership, and his own head offices on the seventh floor. He considered that the building would be enhanced by the fitting of louvre blades around the entire fire escape, plus further runs of continuous louvre walls to hide roof mounted water tanks and to provide privacy to the penthouse office suites.
Solution: A three sided louvre wall was constructed using 145 mm wide elliptical louvre blades, running from ground floor to seventh floor, with fire escape doors incorporated on the ground floor. This part of the system was bolted back to the steel fire escape, whilst the privacy and sight screens were fixed back to modified existing structural steel frame. Please see the additional images for the integrated louvred fire escape door with one-way operation for security and integrated pull bar which was manufactured with eliptical blade to match the louvre wall.
Challenges: The major challenge with this project was the fact that the installation was complex and unusual, and 4,500 miles away. Aluminium Systems shipped the system in ready-made sub-assemblies, all carefully wrapped, identified and labelled. Then a two man team attended site once the materials had cleared customs, and spent two weeks supervising the initial part of the installation. Once satisfied that the local work force were sufficiently experienced, they returned to the UK, and the total installation was completed within the following six weeks.
The building, called The Grand Oyeman, is now a well established landmark in the business district of Accra, and the louvre walls covering the fire escape are floodlit at night.
Motorised Brise Soleil with built-in solar panels - Case Study
Client: Kuwait University
Requirement: Motorised Brise Soleil with built in solar panels
Overview: The client wished to combine shading of large roof windows with power generation using solar panels as louvres.
Solution: Aluminium Systems commissioned a UK based solar panel manufacturer to produce custom solar panels and associated wiring and control systems. These were mounted in heavy duty frames designed to fit into the University’s roofing system.
The solution consisted of three large Brise Soleil systems which created a solar power generating array, the output of the entire system was then sent back into the University’s power distribution system. A computer program was created to control the position of the blades throughout the day in order to track the Sun, then to return the blades to their original position in the evening, ready for the following day.
The challenges: As this was a completely bespoke system, it had to be developed “from the ground up”. So a test system was built to prove the feasibility of the solution, this was then modified in order to introduce improvements until it finally evolved into a system suitable for production. All three production systems were fully built and tested, then disassembled and packed for shipping, complete with detailed installation and commissioning instructions. The system was shipped to site and installed by a locally based installation company.
Office Premises, Sollihull - Case Study
Customer description: Office Premises, Sollihull.
Out of town retail outlet Brise Soleil Installation - Case Study
Customer description: Out of Town retail outlet
Requirement: Vertically mounted fixed blade Brise Soleil
Overview: The client had taken over an old retail outlet and wanted to give it a complete make over, including architectural screening detail to the upper elevation where it joined the roof.
Solution: The building required the vertical screening to all four sides, which meant that multiple sets of mitred corners were required to achieve a continual run of louvre blades. Personnel access to the roof was also required, which meant hinged doors with the same continuous louvres were set into the louvre walls at various positions.
The challenges: The building required the vertical screening to all four sides, which meant that multiple sets of mitred corners were required to achieve a continual run of louvre blades. Personnel access to the roof was also required, which meant hinged doors with the same continuous louvres were set into the louvre walls at various positions.
Turn-Key Package for High Street Bank - Case Study
Case Study: Customer description: High Street Bank in Ghana