Centre for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence

A versatile ‘brise soleil’ external solar shading system designed to provide vital control of light, glare and solar heat gain without affecting outward visibility, has been installed at a new Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Rainham, Essex.

Developed by Levolux, a 153-metre-long brise soleil system complements the distinctive architectural appeal of the building, whilst naturally managing internal temperatures and helping to reduce energy costs.

Levolux’s timber brise soleil fin system, manufactured in western red cedar, provided the ideal solution, giving optimum protection whilst blending in and complementing the cedar timber cladding of the building’s central atrium.

Levolux manufactured over 600 Timber Fins, each measuring 290mm in width by 44mm thick. The fins were then fitted via stainless steel pins through the supporting steel work to form 51 bays, each measuring 3 metres in length.

Virtually maintenance free, the system can be used on both new and existing developments. Available as either single piece fins or multiple part, the system can be mounted at a fixed angle, adjustable by means of motors or be fully automated with solar controls.

Like all systems from Levolux, it is backed with the company’s design, manufacture and installation package and can be produced in a variety of finishes.