Blackpool engineering is helping Britain’s most remote theatre expand its revenue streams.

For Theatre by the Lake in Keswick’s new £700,000 café, architect Aedas focused on a design that was sympathetic to the building’s location, by the foreshore of Derwentwater: wood, natural light and natural ventilation prevail in the monopitch structure which reaches 35ft at its highest point.

Leading air movement specialist Gilberts Blackpool has delivered the natural ventilation strategy, focusing on three of its Mistrale WHF75 flanged high weather performance louvres, integrated at high level into the wall at the lowest point of the roof, behind the kitchen area.

Each of the louvres features Gilberts’ integrated VN75 volume control dampers. One of the louvres, also includes an LPHW coil, to make up air to the kitchen extract.

Gilberts’ Mistrale 75 is designed to provide smooth, accurate and stable airflow. The system attains a U value of 0.96W/m2/K, with air leakage less than 5m3/hr/m2.  The 75mm blade pitch of the core WHF louvres delivers high performance with Class A weatherability, and a free ventilation area of 50%.

Mistrale is a core element of Gilberts’ air movement solutions, which incorporates grilles, louvres, and diffusers for natural, hybrid and mechanical ventilation. Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist engineering company, and is unique in its ability to develop components- be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke- entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.


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