High flying solution from Dearnleys

14 Mar 2016

The Blackburn Wing at Bowcliffe Hall is a stunning aerofoil shaped building that appears to be floating in the trees. Clad in copper with floor to ceiling windows providing fabulous views through trees to parkland.

The design pays homage to Robert Blackburn who lived at Bowcliffe Hall and was the first Yorkshireman to design and build a powered aeroplane.

This £2m RIBA award winning building comprises some 2,000 square feet of meeting space and Dearnleys were tasked with the challenge of providing a sympathetic shading and dim-out system for the full height glazing.

Due to the size of the glazing Dearnleys used Silent Gliss heavy duty motorised roller blinds. Two blinds were used per glazed section - screen blinds to reduce glare and a room darkening blinds for when a high degree of light exclusion was required.

To neatly conceal the rollers Dearnleys provided a bespoke powder coated pelmet and for convenience all blinds were operated via radio controlled handsets.

The clever people at Dearnleys suggested that some of the room darkening fabrics were white so they could double up as a projection screen.

To see an interview with Jonathan Turner of Bayford Group concerning the concept and construction of the Blackburn Wing click here

Dearnleys also provided dim-out blinds for the refurbished Drivers Club restaurant used for business tenants and guests in the main house. This restaurant aims to capture the nostalgia of the period when the Blackburns played host to guests including aircraft pioneer Amy Johnson and politician Winston Churchill.

To see a case study of this project click here.

To see over 20 pictures of this unique installation click here.

To see how Dearnleys can help with your project click here.

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