Marla Custom Blinds Burn The Midnight Oil

By Marla
In January 11, 2018
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Following the successful completion of a project to replace 80 blinds as part of a major refurbishment of their Southampton HQ, Old Mutual Wealth, approached us to replace the damaged, non-functioning blinds in their Boardroom.

Electric venetian blinds in a boardroomWe arranged an initial site visit to assess the problem and to discuss with the client what they wanted to achieve before quoting for an appropriate solution.  The replacement blinds had to solve two specific problems. The first was that the room got uncomfortably warm in the summer due to the warming effect of the sun.  The second was that they needed blackout blinds for use when showing presentations and finally they wanted the blinds to be simple and quick to operate.

After establishing the criteria the blinds had to meet it became apparent that the answer was to replace the broken blinds with a combination of electrically operated aluminium Venetian blinds to control the heat gain and with electrically operated full cassette blackout roller blinds fitted in front to blackout the room for presentations.

On the face of it, a pretty straightforward job but there were a couple of complicating factors.  The first was that the blinds were recessed into wood panelling on the ceiling.   The second was that the job had to be completed overnight, as the boardroom was always in use during the day.

Luckily for our client, the Marla Custom Blinds Team love a challenge. We were happy to quote for the removal and replacement of the original wood paneling, removal of the existing blinds including wiring and controls, and the manufacture, supply and installation (overnight) of the new blind systems.

Electric blackout roller blinds

Our quotation was immediately accepted, and a date agreed for installation. As arranged, our installation team started work at 5.00pm on day one and were finished by 7.00am the following morning, on time and on budget, which impressed and delighted our client.

All the blinds were made to measure by us, in our Fareham factory, and fitted by our own highly skilled in-house installers. We used Somfy® motors and controls because of their unrivalled reliability and ease of use.

Old Mutual has subsequently chosen Marla Custom Blinds for several other projects based on the quality of our products and the flexibility of our service.