Express Performance

Express Performance

Holiday Inn Express' newest hotel will be assured of optimum performance from its plant through the installation of Kingfisher louvres achieving double bank performance in a single bank application.

The four storey, 120 bedroom venue, at junction 9 of the M1 at Dunstable, built to the brand standard, features high specification KW75HPG plant ventilation louvres up to 7m long, plus ancillary mullions, supplied by Kingfisher Louvre Systems and installed for main contractor Vinci Construction by SPS Louvre Systems.

The single banks of aluminium louvres, colour-matched to RAL7015 (slate grey) and in M1 and M2 mullions, are strategically positioned on the roof to protect and ventilate plant whilst adding an aesthetic dimension to the building. A double door of louvres to the same specification ensures continuous protection whilst allowing access for plant engineers.

The Kingfisher louvres are BSRIA tested with an A2 classification up to 0.5m/s. They deliver up to 99% effectiveness of water rejection to minimize risk of any damp or moisture penetrating to the plant behind, yet achieve a CD value of 0.311- a class B aerodynamic coefficient- thus achieving not only improved airflow against a double airbank system but also against most single bank systems..

Simon Prendergast, Vinci Construction project manager, explained, "A double bank of louvres was originally specified; we worked closely with SPS and felt the KW75HPG was more suited to the application because of the product performance and reduced system depth: the client agreed."

Plant ventilation and screening louvres are just part of the range of solutions manufactured by Kingfisher Louvre Systems, which includes ventilation, weather protection, solar screening (brise soleil) and visual screening systems. Kingfisher, part of the Building Product Design group, invests in a continuous programme of research and development to bring to market innovative yet practical solutions to changing industry requirements.