A bank with a different angle
Itaú is a global private bank with over 700 employees covering 28 nationalities. From its London office in the prestigious Broadgate Tower, Itaú acts more as a business partner than a banker for its customers worldwide. The bank had recently moved in to the tower and required a shading and daylighting solution. No mean feat when you consider Broadgate Tower’s vast landscapes of glass and dynamic angles.
A straight answer was required
Itaú preferred a venetian blind solution, but the existing blinds were either too lightweight in construction, or too poorly shaped to deal with the angled windows found everywhere in Broadgate Tower. Getting together with their fitting partner, Faithdean they decided that a heavy-duty motorised venetian blind system was required. The next decision was to call in Stansons.
The Stansons Solution
Very few materials could handle the spans required on some windows and the specialist shapes needed on others. Stansons had no hesitation in proposing the Armour EX80 motorised venetian blind system. The blind slats are 80mm solid aluminium, stove enameled in silver and supported by heavy-duty lift tape. The 230-volt tubular integrated motors drove the side guide wires, with each motor individually adjustable for the upper and lower stop via the BMS system. For the sites that contained the original manual and shaped blinds, each blind was taken down and rebuilt in Stansons’ workshop. There the slats were replaced with matching 80mm aluminium units, then reinstalled and tested. Working with Itaú’s contractor, all blinds were designed, constructed, shipped, installed and tested - on time and within budget.
A shading solution you can bank on
Itaú are now ‘extremely pleased’ with their motorised venetian blind system. The heavy-duty build of the blinds and motor units, combined with the sleek, silver stove-enameled finish of the slats, means they have a shading solution that is as robust as it is good looking.