Over a period of several years, a number of schools within Leicester had new buildings built to replace the original ones. Three of these schools required shading along south facing elevations, and Aluminium Systems were on hand to provide a solution. The shading was supplied in individual canopies, each at 1,550 mm projection, comprised of 5 x 200 mm wide elliptical louvre blades fixed with horizontal mullions. Each panel being approximately 2,700 mm in width to match window mullions. Due to the projection of the canopies, an overhead support arm and bracket were included on each canopy.
The canopies were supplied ready assembled, with wall mounting brackets, overhead brackets and support arms supplied as individual items, ready to fit. All wall mounting brackets and overhead brackets were bolted to the structural steel prior to the elevations being cladded. The canopies were installed between brackets and each overhead support arm fixed between the leading edge of the canopy and the high level wall bracket.
The installation across the three sites was undertaken over a period of about 12 months. Additional systems, including vertically mounted 300 mm wide louvre blades, and plant room screening were also supplied and fitted to two of the schools during the period of the projects.
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