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Eton College

A shading solution that flows from the development itself

Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton College was christened as ‘Kynge's College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore’. It was built to provide free education to 70 boys from poor backgrounds who would then go on to King's College, Cambridge. Apart from a minor setback when Henry VI was deposed in 1461, the college has flourished and today practices a meritocratic entry system.

The school buildings, which have developed over 550 years, now house 1300 boys.Any shading system would have to deal with windows from different architectural ages and many different sizes.

The not-so-level playing fields of Eton

Since it’s foundation, many architects have been involved in Eton College’s collection of 15th & 18th Century listed buildings - making for a less than straightforward site. Today’s Eton, like any other modern school, now has LCD projectors, screens and laptops. Therefore to create a comfortable learning environment, any shading had to be very adaptable; from a partial shading to enable computers to be used comfortably - to an almost black out for projection. Another feature of the architecture was that many of the windows had curved lintels. Armed with this scholastic challenge, Stansons went to work.

The Stansons solution

Stansons designed and installed Armour 25mm Venetian Blinds. Each was a solid slat design from our Armour range in Graphite Grey. They were also supplied with colour-coordinated prismatic tilt wands - and cord raising and lowering operation with a cord lock. The 36 blinds were fire resistant to BS5877 and also offered good solar reflection. The colour worked well with the off white and pale greys used in the college interior.

Flourishing in a comfortable light

Working with Eton College, Stansons delivered the blinds on time and each blind was examined and passed first time. Eton’s motto is often thought to be Floreat Etona, which translates as ‘May Eton Flourish’. With a little help from Stansons, Eton’s students can continue to flourish in the correct daylighting conditions.