Gilberts looks good for developer Quora
One of the issues facing developer Quora (Lewes) with its 3,600 m2, three-storey, mixed use development in the heart of Lewes’ historic town centre was to balance airflow for the large amount of plant needed for the project’s building services alongside aesthetics.
Leading air movement specialist Gilberts devised an innovative solution for Quora’s contractor Jessops Construction: the design and manufacture of a site-assembled louvre screen, 19m long x 1.8m high, fixed in place using a Big Foot innovative, non-penetrative support, on the single ply flat roof below .
“It was a sensitive project from the outset,” explained Gilberts’ John Hanger. “It involved demolishing the 25 years-old Magistrates Court, and creating in its stead ground floor retail units with a 61 bedroomed Premier Inn above, in an area known for its profusion of vernacular architecture. Every effort was therefore taken to create a building that blended with the surrounding area.
Jessops’ Martin Hind says: “We balanced budget constraints with the specification. We chose materials that would create a scheme that looked impressive but would still sit comfortably with the surrounding area. Gilberts’ louvre system gave us a creative, quality solution.”