Switchable Glass is a great tool for creating versatile interior spaces, ideal for fast-paced environments like Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service’s headquarters where we completed an installation this week. Whilst firefighting is their main responsibility, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue also respond to a wide range of incidents as well as organising events/open days and education programs for the local communities. With so many responsibilities in this demanding environment, it’s important that their HQ had a multifunctional space that staff could use to meet, plan and train away from day-to-day business.
To bring this vision to life, the Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service reached out to Intelligent Glass to provide a smart privacy solution that suited their needs. The large suite had a boardroom-style setup, with two entrances and nine panels of glass between the room and the hallway and also featured a foldable partition so that the suite could be split into one larger and smaller room if necessary.
Wishing to grant privacy on demand to the users of the room, we supplied and installed nine pieces of our Switchable Self-Adhesive Film to the existing glass panels, offering not only a quicker turnaround but a more sustainable and budget-friendly option to replacing the glass completely. With one of the entrances and 3 panels of glass on one side of the partition, the Fire & Rescue Service wanted these panels to be able to be switched separately, so there would be no disruption to the other room when the partition was in use. To make this possible two transformers and remotes were used to control the partition, with one switching six panels and the other controlling the remaining three.
The installation took place over two days with a team installing the retrofit film to the glass on day one, followed by our electrical engineers wiring up the film and connecting the pieces to the transformers on day two. We were able to integrate the Switchable Film and Transformers into the space seamlessly, firstly by using trims to hide the wiring that was custom sprayed to match the existing framework. The transformers were then hidden up in the suspended ceiling out of eyesight, with the potential to be located up to 10 meters away from the partition if necessary.
If you’d like to learn more about our Switchable Glass solutions or would like to enquire about fitting our Self-Adhesive Smart Film in your next project, get in touch via the form below or call +44(0)1226 361 306.