Gilberts of Blackpool supplies thousands of grilles and diffusers for new City of London building

The tallest building under construction in the City of London incorporates grilles and diffusers supplied by Gilberts of Blackpool.
Gilberts of Blackpool has completed a contract to supply grilles and diffusers for the tallest building under construction in the Cty of London. The building at 51 Lime Street is a striking stepped design by Foster & Partners. it comprises a 125 m-high tower and two progressively smaller buildings. The main block has 29 storeys and is the first major high-rise structure in the City since the Swiss Re development, for which Gilberts also supplied a large number of diffusers. The Gilberts contract was worth over £320 000. It includes the design, manufacture and supply of a variety of diffusers and grilles. They include the primary supply diffuser, the type GSFB — an efficient, high-induction swirl differed with a perforated face appearance. Standard type PGR perforated diffusers were used on most of the extract points. GSL linear slot diffusers were used in straight and curved profiles around the room perimeters. They have a removable directional control blade that allows horizontal or vertical air distribution. The company has also supplied a large number of linear bar grilles and special extract grilles in the plank ceilings. The building has over 43 000 m2 of space and was pre-let to Willis Group Holdings, which will transfer all its 2800 London staff. Facilities in the new builidng include offices, staff restaurants, executive suites, function terraces, a 400-seat auditorium and a gymnasium. The diffusers and grilles were specified by Hurley Palmer Flatt and installed by M&E contractor Michael J. Lonsdale
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