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Article Date: 5th June 2015

Gilberts of Blackpool - Tailor-Made Service

Air Movement - Ventilation Systems - Ventilation Louvres - Natural Ventilation

Gilberts Factory

The evolution of choice in building services with increasing variety in ceilings, ceiling grid models, styles and arrangements mean that the requirement for adapted and special designs has never been greater.

Gilberts of Blackpool, Britain’s leading air movement specialist, has expanded its in-house design and fabrication facilities, enabling customers to have grille, louvre and terminal components made-to-measure, in the UK.

“One size doesn’t fit all,” explains Senior Technical Manager Roy Jones. “So often, the customer needs a ventilation component that is maybe only a couple of mm different on a product, or needs a specific design to solve a problem.

“With many suppliers, getting that made is a major issue. The part may be manufactured overseas, or produced en masse. There isn’t the expertise to hand to think outside the box and develop a practical solution. There isn’t the flexibility to quickly and easily arrange for a ‘one-off’.

“But because we make all our grilles, louvres and terminals ourselves, from scratch, and have our own, in-house design, R&D and test facilities, we have the flexibility and capability to quickly and cost-effectively develop an individual solution.”

The versatility of the service is demonstrated in an unusual application. Chester Zoo in creating its new orangutan enclosures wanted the ventilation to mirror air movement in the animals’ natural habitat of tropical rainforest, with air rising and blowing among the branches.

But the system needed to be orangutan proof. Gilberts’ solution, for contractor Crown House Technologies, was to create galvanized plenum boxes each housing 3no jet nozzles, the direction of which can be adjusted to vary the airflow to maintain a fresh atmosphere in the 1400+m³ enclosures. “No other British air movement supplier had the in-house capability to develop a solution,” says Roy Jones.

Founded 50 years ago, privately owned Gilberts is unique in having its own, on-site (85,000ft²) manufacturing facility, producing engineered solutions, with an in-house test centre. Technical expertise is supported by bespoke software developed in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, addressing air movement and flow simulation/ computation fluid dynamics.

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