Kingfisher Helps Enhance Working Environment

Kingfisher Helps Enhance Working Environment

A major investment in a local authority staff workplace in Birmingham, which is also set to be the most environmentally-friendly ever built by the City Council, is being helped to achieve its green credentials in part through Kingfisher Louvre Systems.

The four-storey building on a derelict site being used as a car park, next to Aston Science Park will, when complete, form a key element of the Council's business transformation and Working for the Future programmes, by providing an improved working environment for approx 2000 staff, with the ultimate aim of delivering better services to Birmingham residents.

Set to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating, the development, being built by Thomas Vale Construction, includes a number of sustainable strategies such as a brown roof, photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and a combined heating and power system. To ensure the building's roof-mounted plant room is effectively ventilated, Kingfisher Louvre Systems is supplying sub-contractor Apex Roofing & Cladding with almost £100,000 of aluminium KW ventilation and KS screening louvres.

Mounted on a counter balance system on the roof and integrated into the façade cladding, the Kingfisher louvres will ensure optimum airflow into the plant room to maintain ambient conditions within to optimize equipment efficiency, whilst preventing ingress of rain, snow and insects. They will also play an aesthetic role, in creating a more attractive feature on the roof round the plant room.

Apex project manager Alan Village explained, "Kingfisher Louvre Systems not only were the most competitive company we approached for the louvres, but were the most helpful, giving us the information we needed to ensure the louvres would integrate discreetly into the overall design and meet the performance objectives required."

Kingfisher Louvre Systems is one of the UK's leading suppliers of louvres for the construction industry. Part of the Building Product Design Group, the company operates on the philosophy of developing innovative yet practical solutions in line with changing market requirements.