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Intelivent natural ventilation selected at The Whitworth Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery has undergone a £15m redevelopment to extend and restore this prestigious 19th century gallery.

This vast project has transformed the existing buildings and gardens as well as introducing the development of new exhibition and gallery spaces.

The target for the gallery was to reduce its overall annual carbon consumption by 10%. The gallery has double in size since its extension so it was paramount that any unwanted energy consumption is eliminated to achieve the carbon reduction desired. GDL won the contract to design, manufacture and install a bespoke natural ventilation system for the gallery that will ensure its annual targets are successfully met. Harnessing natural wind and temperature buoyancy to ventilate buildings significantly reduces energy consumption and provides a sustainable and energy-efficient alternative to traditional mechanically ventilated methods.

GDL installed 15 bespoke Penthouse Turrets with an anodised finish for the iconic building in keeping with the architects’ design requirements. The tamper-proof fixings on the Turrets were hidden from sight and they also incorporated gas struts that were used as a counterbalance to support the roof so that it does not lift in the event of extreme weather. 

One of the bespoke Penthouse Turrets houses a projector for one of the galleries, with a glass screen on one side. The Turret incorporates a hoisting system so that it can be lifted into position as and when necessary, and this dual-purpose Turret is both functional and environmentally efficient.

For more information visit grille.co.uk; sales office 01457 861538.

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