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Elegance and corporate branding

Sofitel Luxury Hotels is an international brand serving the premium market. The business is part of the Accor Group, a global leader in the leisure and hospitality sector. Sofitel Hotel Gatwick is directly linked to the north terminal of London’s Gatwick Airport, and features contemporary architecture and design throughout. Stansons were selected to design, supply and install an intelligent window solution for the hotel’s business facilities.

Providing privacy and prestige

The 4-star Sofitel Hotel Gatwick is an important venue for international business meetings, and the executive boardroom is among the most prestigious available. The room has an uninterrupted wall of windows that offer views across the airport. Effective window solutions were key to the rooms usability, and hence revenue earning potential.

Two needs were identified. The first was to provide privacy and reduce solar glare, while still allowing clear views. The second was to provide a blackout to ensure effective use of a projector during presentations. In both cases, the use of the company logo needed to be incorporated in accordance with the Sofitel brand guidelines.

The Stansons solution

Stansons designed, supplied and installed a dual roller blind system for the Sofitel executive boardroom. The four heavy duty roller blinds, each with two panels, were finished using a combination of intelligent fabrics. Armour Quad 3% woven fabric enabled dim-out, privacy and reduction of solar glare whilst maintaining visibility from the inside outwards. In addition, an Armour blackout fabric was used to create a completely dark room.

The fabrics were colour matched to the Sofitel luxury brand guidelines and a large logo printed on each of the roller blinds. The Armour chain operated system included the unique Armour ShieldSafe endcap system, preventing unauthorised removal of the blinds, while ensuring ease of operation.

Robust, versatile and elegant

The system enhances the versatility and convenience of the executive boardroom while retaining a contemporary appearance. The simple, robust control of the blinds is ideal for operation by guests, while the solution as a whole maintains the high level of quality demanded by a hotel of this calibre.