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  • The advantages of high performance fabric for blinds

    June 1st, 2022
    People need high performance fabric for blinds.   Whether you want to protect against the sun’s heat, cut out glare, or keep your air conditioning bills down, internal and external blinds are beco

    Waverley curtains help Orangebox draw in the crowds at Clerkenwell Design Week

    May 30th, 2022
    Drawing people in. If the office of the future is to be a place for collaboration, creativity and nurturing relationships, then companies must offer spaces which intrigue people and draw them in. That

    Waverley launches new RIBA-approved CPD to great response from architects

    May 26th, 2022
    Shading, screening and acoustic solutions expert, Waverley, has received a strong response to its new RIBA-approved, core curriculum CPD ‘Improving Sustainability Through Performance Solar Shadi

    Setting the scene for the long-awaited Clerkenwell Design Week 2022

    May 13th, 2022
    Waverley has collaborated with Orangebox to create an exhibition space with the wow factor, ready for the first Clerkenwell Design Week in three years. 100m of wave curtains will be installed on the U

    Let illuminated stretch ceilings change the way you think about lighting

    May 5th, 2022
    Good lighting lifts the mood in a room. It sets the tone – warm and relaxing, focused and task-oriented, atmospheric and moody, the options are endless.  LEDs have revolutionised the way we light i

    How Barrisol Recycled stretch ceilings cut carbon footprint and outperform traditional suspended ceilings

    May 5th, 2022
    Architects are looking for environmental improvements in the buildings they design and materials they specify. BREEAM, HQE and, in the US, LEED keep everyone on their toes. One way to improve the carb

    Waverley sponsors RIBA’s Radical Rooms exhibition which explores power within the domestic plan and reexamines the role of women in architecture

    May 4th, 2022
    RIBA Architecture Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. FREE.  Thursday 28 April 2022 – Saturday 30 July 2022 Waverley has become the material sponsor for the latest exhibition by the Royal

    Waverley launches Exterior division to meet future needs for outdoor shading and shelters

    May 4th, 2022
    Waverley has launched a new division to handle increased demand for exterior shading and shelters as the UK seeks to harness the economic, social and environmental benefits of usable outdoor space. 

    Waverley signs SME Climate Commitment as it acts against climate change 

    April 14th, 2022
    Waverley is intimately bound up with environmental improvements. Our curtains and blinds shade buildings and people from the effects of solar gain and retain heat in winter. These reduce the need for

    Energy saving tips for the office using blinds and curtains

    March 9th, 2022
    The rising cost of energy is affecting every UK business. More and more people are searching for energy saving tips. The FT recently quoted a hotel owner as saying “It would be ironic if we survived

    Textiles and curtains create ‘home from home’ as firms entice staff back to the office

    January 24th, 2022
    Ben Vowles, Specification Manager at Waverley, explains how curtains and fabrics are creating ‘home from home’ appeal in corporate office spaces. The past few years have seen a gradual merging of

    The 5 trends shaping the industry in 2022

    January 1st, 2022
    “Workplace envy” is one of the most unexpected outcomes of the pandemic, as firms invest in their office environments to entice employees back following long periods of working from home. As a res

    2021 – A year in review

    December 24th, 2021
    As 2021 draws to a close, we’d like to thank our team for their hard work this year. From our staff and installation teams to our supply chain and clients, we look forward to seeing you in the n

    Considerations When Specifying Room Divider Curtains

    November 23rd, 2021
    Ben Vowles, Specification Manager at Waverley, explains what architects should consider when specifying room divider curtains. The past few years have seen a large increase in the demand for room div

    Waverley supports First Love Foundation in Overbury charity support scheme

    November 23rd, 2021
    Waverley were pleased to support First Love Foundation with volunteers, helping to pick and pack food parcels at their Tower Hamlets foodbank. First Love Foundation have spent the past 10 years helpi

    Vario by Création Baumann – a flexible acoustic divider system that reduces noise by 23dB

    November 12th, 2021
    More space, more room to move, more creativity. Open space in workplace design brings new freedoms. But not every one is an advantage. Open space becomes flexible space Unless addressed, open spaces w

    What is a hybrid roller blind?

    October 29th, 2021
    Waverley announced this week that it is partnering with QMotion UK to bring patented wireless hybrid roller blinds to the commercial market. But what are they? Ground-breaking hybrid technology Batter

    Waverley announces partnership with QMotion

    October 29th, 2021
    Today, Waverley announced a partnership with QMotion UK, which sees the company become the largest commercial dealer of QMotion shading technology in the UK. The companies have collaborated to bring a

    Automated Blinds – the importance of considering control and power in the design process

    October 29th, 2021
    Richard Webb, Regional Specification Manager at Waverley, explores the options for automating blinds and discusses common pitfalls. As architects and designers strive to improve the sustainability per

    Blind fabrics explained: What options are available to businesses?

    October 28th, 2021
    If you’ve been given the task of choosing a blind fabric for commercial premises you’ve no doubt realised that there is a vast range to choose from. The best way to choose fabrics for blinds is no

    Commercial office blinds: Best options for offices

    October 22nd, 2021
    When it comes to commercial office space design, window treatments can play a huge part in the success of the overall look and feel of the space. Commercial office blinds can be a perfect cost-effecti

    What is a stretch ceiling?

    October 6th, 2021
    What is a stretch ceiling? A stretch ceiling is an alternative to the traditional suspended ceiling, which is effective in many commercial and residential buildings.  It consists of a film stretched

    Understanding the performance data of solar shading fabrics for blinds

    October 4th, 2021
    When considering what is the best fabric to use for your blinds it is important to have an understanding of what the various performance data tells you about that fabric and any specific colour. This

    Curtains installed in new London showroom for Scandinavian furniture designers, HAY

    October 4th, 2021
    Waverley were pleased to install curtains throughout a new London showroom for Scandinavian furniture designer, HAY. With a single pleat heading, these curtains are comprised of tracks from Silent Gli

    What are the best sustainable blind fabrics?

    September 29th, 2021
    Whether you’re managing a commercial refurbishment project or replacing blinds in a residential setting, it is important to choose high-quality, sustainable blind fabrics that are both functiona

    How to conceal electric roller blinds

    September 22nd, 2021
    While electric roller blinds represent some of the most efficient and durable window coverings on the market, they can negatively affect the style of a space if left uncovered and when developing beau

    What are the best blackout blinds for hotels? 

    September 15th, 2021
    If your project involves sourcing shading solutions for a hotel, it is important to consider what will benefit the hotel guests the most. Hotel owners and managers will naturally want to ensure their

    Green London office buildings could achieve 12.3% rental premium

    September 8th, 2021
    New research from Knight Frank and BRE, the creators of BREEAM, shows London office buildings that achieve the highest sustainability standards can achieve up to a 12.3% rent premium. As the focus on

    Tax Incentives for External Shading

    April 20th, 2021
    External solar shading systems are now more tax-efficient! From this month, expenditure on such systems qualifies for a 50% tax deduction in the first year.  This is because the cost of this equipmen

    Keeping Up Our Standards With Accreditations

    March 30th, 2021
    We are pleased to confirm that we have again successfully renewed all our Health & Safety accreditations. These are the result of rigorous assessment processes and we are gratified to hav

    Why is glare from the sun an issue in winter?

    March 4th, 2021
    Although winter is the darkest and coldest season, glare through an office window can be more of a nuisance than in summer. Glare problems persist all year round, but during the winter it’s particul

    How much space do electric motors on blinds need?

    March 4th, 2021
    Electric blinds are becoming increasingly popular, especially in offices and high-end residential projects. Within this post, we will cover where the electric motors for blinds are mounted so you can

    What are the best blinds for gable end windows?

    March 4th, 2021
    Gable end windows not only look stunning, they also flood the room with natural daylight at ceiling level giving any space an airy feel. It’s important that any window blind solution used is as

    How to use natural daylight to create optimum light levels in office interiors

    March 4th, 2021
    The aesthetic and health benefits of natural daylight have been well documented over the past decade by designers and researchers alike. Daylit environments are known to boost occupant productivity an

    Overheating in commercial buildings

    March 4th, 2021
    As we enjoy (or endure?!) the longest heat wave for over 40 years, this blog looks at the issue of overheating in offices, what the common factors are that contribute to this challenge and the solutio

    DRAPER blinds – the ultimate in durability for schools and colleges

    March 4th, 2021
    For the first time, this proven blind system from the USA is being fabricated in the UK by Waverley. The 25-year hardware warranty makes these blinds a ‘fit and forget’ solution which means no mor

    What is the law relating to blind cords and child safety in publicly accessible areas?

    March 4th, 2021
    When installing blinds into residential or public buildings, including schools and hospitals, the law now specifically addresses the importance of child safety. BS EN 13120 legislates that any new bli

    The New Domestic Reverse Charge VAT

    February 24th, 2021
    From 1st March 2021, HMRC is introducing Domestic Reverse Charge VAT for supplies of construction services which fall within the scope of the CIS Scheme. We would like to state that Waverley

    Covid Testing for Site Safety

    February 17th, 2021
    Lateral Flow or Rapid Antigen Tests are one of the tools being used to help detect and fight Covid-19, as these devices can identify people who have high levels of the virus who do not have symptoms

    Charitable Giving for 2020

    February 11th, 2021
    The vision of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) is ‘an end to preventable loss of life from medical emergency’. Waverley selected KSS as their chosen charity at the b

    Screening & Shading for Patio Doors

    February 1st, 2021
    Say Hello to Centor S2 and S4 Sideways Pulling Blinds from Waverley! These screens offer clean unfussy styling and are designed to fit virtually any patio door – whether folding, French or sli

    We are Official Dealers for Barrisol

    December 8th, 2020
    We are delighted to announce that Waverley have been appointed official dealers for Barrisol Stretch Ceilings in London and the South East. Click here for more images and to download a brochur

    New Product: Linea Mesh

    November 11th, 2020
    We are pleased to reveal an addition to our range of DrapeTech Decorative Screens: Linea Mesh. This uniquely delineated wire mesh is available in four reflective natural metallic finishes: sta

    Keeping Calm & Carrying On

    November 5th, 2020
    Still pricing. Still collaborating. Still making. Still delivering. Still installing. We would like to assure you that there is no change or interruption to our service at Waverley

    A Look at Anti-Microbial and Covid-Safe Fabrics

    November 4th, 2020
    Anti-microbial fabric is treated in a way that permanently kills and inhibits the growth of microbes and bacteria.  This helps to keep your fabric smelling fresh and reducing the risk of potentially

    TaHoma from SOMFY: Easy & Smart Living

    October 12th, 2020
    Somfy TaHoma is a simple and cost-effective system enabling the rapid deployment of smart building projects. Installation is simple and doesn’t even rely on internet access. It’s

    Kvadrat Textiles & COVID-19

    September 24th, 2020
    As more flexible working practices emerge, workplaces and public spaces remain important hubs for culture, collaboration and connection. Health and safety concerns are currently high on the a

    Why blinds with metallised fabric are the best option for today’s offices

    September 22nd, 2020
    A roller blind in screen fabric has long been the window shading solution choice of architects and interior designers when designing office interiors. However, the increased use of large expanses of g

    New ShadeTech RBL-CS Child-Safe Roller Blind

    September 1st, 2020
    We are pleased to add this product to our range of ShadeTech roller blind systems. Although ostensibly – once installed – they are the same to look at, the RBL-CS differ

    New ShadeTech RBL-CS Child-Safe Roller Blind

    September 1st, 2020
    We are pleased to add this product to our range of ShadeTech roller blind systems. Although ostensibly – once installed – they are the same to look at, the RBL-CS differs from re

    Smart by Silent Gliss: Seamless Two-Way Integration

    August 26th, 2020
    The SMART control system by Silent Gliss is totally compatible with leading home control systems such as Control 4, Rako, KNX and Crestron, making this a great add-on to any project you are planning

    Update on the Waverley Team

    July 28th, 2020
    We last updated on how Waverley was working on 27th March, when we were almost all working from home. This has worked amazingly well in the circumstances, thanks to our cloud-based systems and of co

    Kvadrat Shades: Strengthening our relationship with Kvadrat

    July 1st, 2020
    We recently completed our first installation of Kvadrat Shades in an office fitout project in London’s West End. Kvadrat Shades are an aesthetically pleasing and versatile rolle

    Our CPD is now available online!

    July 1st, 2020
    We are pleased to announce that we are now presenting our RIBA-approved CPD ‘Solar Shading to Improve your Environmental Credentials’ online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams! For the time b

    Helping the return to schools & offices: 4 screening solutions

    June 24th, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent guidelines have presented all sectors with some unique challenges.  It’s clear there is a need to quickly make your space safe and acceptable without the ne

    Why specify automated shading?

    May 28th, 2020
    Buildings in recent times are rightly being designed with natural light in mind. Large scale glazing and curtain wall facades maximise the amount of daylight received by a space which as we know has a

    Update on how we are working

    March 27th, 2020
    We have taken the considered decision to remain open for now and to concentrate our efforts on maintaining our supply & install service for HOSPITAL CUBICLE TRACK  and ANTI-MICROBIAL WI

    Commendation for hospital work

    March 20th, 2020
    Our installation team supplied and installed cubicle track this week at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 – a project for M J Ferguson. Nothing unusual there! This is

    Business as Usual!

    March 18th, 2020
    We are pleased to assure you that Waverley are continuing to be fully operational whilst protecting all our staff and the wider community. The health and safety of our employees and clients is a f

    Achilles Certification

    March 12th, 2020
    We have just completed another Achilles Building Confidence audit and have been accredited for another year. It is a vigorous assessment process and we are gratified to have satisfied the audito

    Our Policy Statement on the Covid19 Coronavirus

    March 9th, 2020
    Waverley regularly monitor the UK’s government guidance and other sources of information on the Covid19 epidemic, and circulate to employees. Currently, employees are prohibited from trave

    “Superb” Installation of “Excellent” Blinds

    March 3rd, 2020
    We recently supplied and installed Lutron Sivoia QS Triathlon blinds to the offices of Eric Parry Architects in London. These are battery operated motorised blinds, with the renowned quiet Lutron m

    Our highest ever curtain installation

    February 26th, 2020
    Waverley have reached new heights with the supply and installation of voile curtains to this project in Euston Road. With a drop of 10 metres, this was a challenging installation, involving a

    How can Blinds help achieve a Ska Rating? Part 2: Window Coverings & Treatments

    February 20th, 2020
    In Part 1 of How can Blinds help achieve a Ska Rating, we looked at the benefits to businesses and the criteria of Daylight Glare Control.  In Part 2 we look at the assessment of window coverings and

    How can Blinds help achieve a Ska Rating? Part 1: The Benefits & Daylight Control

    February 19th, 2020
    The Ska Rating is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) environmental assessment method and sustainability award body.  Launched in 2009, it helps landlords and tenants evaluate, rat

    Waverley Hold Informal Lunch & Learn Event at Farrells

    January 30th, 2020
    We enjoyed holding an informal lunch and learn event recently at the London office of Farrells architects. Our Specification Managers, Ben Vowles and Richard Webb provided a product o

    Approved Installers of Lutron Palladiom Shades

    January 14th, 2020
    We are proud to announce that, following our training at the Lutron London showroom (pictured), Waverley are now approved installers of the Lutron Palladiom Shading System.  These are super

    Welcome to Wes!

    January 14th, 2020
    We are pleased to welcome Wes Clements to our Business Development Team.  Wes joined us in October last year, having worked in the window blinds industry for the past 8 years and brings with him

    Cyber Protection: We’re On the Case

    January 14th, 2020
    Cyber crime is absolutely no joke – as any company that has been unfortunate enough to have been hacked will be able to confirm! We view cyber security seriously and have now taken further steps

    How Wide can a Roller Blind be?

    September 4th, 2019
    The modern architectural design of commercial and residential buildings continues to feature large expanses of glass, in order to maximise daylight to the interior and provide the best connection for

    How can curtain tracks & blinds be totally concealed when not in use?

    July 12th, 2019
    Designed to Disappear – Shading when Needed  Blinds appearing only when needed and then magically disappearing when not in use?  This is not just a dream but now reality, thanks to BL’NDSPAC

    The need for blinds in swimming pools

    May 8th, 2019
    If you search online for safety in swimming pools, there are numerous guidelines and health and safety pointers that owners need to know and follow, from chlorine levels to permitted temperatures, but

    Soft Option: The Use Of Curtains & Blinds In Offices To Improve Acoustics

    February 18th, 2019
    We all know too much noise in the office can have an effect on staff productivity: creating issues with increased stress levels, discomfort and finally decreasing efficiency. All these can be side eff

    Fire retardant curtains saved lives at this private boarding school

    July 21st, 2018
    If you are having blinds or curtains installed at your school, college or workplace this summer, the following pictures are a timely reminder to make sure they are fire retardant to BS5867. Our surv

    Avoid this mistake when specifying blinds

    July 10th, 2018
    It is entirely possible that blinds are sometimes seen as a minor item along with a whole lot of other fixtures and fittings that can be taken care of by a ‘use-what-we-did-on-the-last-project’ ap

    Why blinds in modern office interiors will be inadequate without metallised screen fabric

    June 12th, 2018
    Roller blinds with screen fabric have long been the window blind of choice for architects and interior designers working on office projects. Screen fabrics are PVC coated fibreglass or polyester yarns

    Why domestic blinds should not be installed in schools

    June 11th, 2018
    The above picture says it all and we come across it often in schools – budgets are stretched so why not buy blinds at low prices from a domestic blinds e-commerce website and get the site manager to

    What is the maximum window height that a roller blind can cover?

    May 24th, 2018
    Floor to ceiling glass is increasingly common in offices and residential apartments and roller blinds that are capable of covering the entire height are favoured by specifiers, interiors designers and

    Considerations when choosing printed blinds

    April 28th, 2018
    Advances in printing mean that almost anything can be printed on – including blinds. Printed blinds are an excellent way to promote corporate messages for businesses and create inspiring environment

    A cautionary tale of going for ‘cheap’ blinds…

    March 21st, 2018
    Because of their relatively low value, blinds are typically not high on the priority list of buying decisions. The following real-life example highlights some of the consequences of putting price as t

    Why is glare from the sun an issue in winter?

    December 13th, 2017
    Although winter is the darkest and coldest season, glare through an office window can be more of a nuisance than in summer. Glare problems persist all year round, but during the winter it’s particul

    Can a white roller blind screen fabric cut out glare?

    November 21st, 2017
    In our daily visits to architects and interior designers we’re noticing that white screen fabric is a really popular choice when selecting blind fabrics. This blog explains the pros and cons of usin

    How wide can you make a roller blind?

    October 24th, 2017
    Roller blinds are the most popular type of window blind especially in schools, offices and high-end residential projects. Modern building design often includes large glazed areas to maximise natural d

    Can I totally conceal roof light blinds so they are invisible when not in use?

    October 2nd, 2017
    Roof light glazing is being used increasingly in offices as well as residential buildings in order to maximise natural daylight. As a result roof light blinds are being used more frequently as occupan

    How to use blinds & curtains to help acoustics in offices

    October 2nd, 2017
    Uncontrolled noise in commercial office interiors can have a negative impact on the productivity and health & well-being of staff. Increased stress levels, inefficiency and discomfort are all side

    Considerations when deciding the best fabric for office blinds

    August 30th, 2017
    Whether you are an architect, interior designer or facilities manager it is easy to overlook the huge impact that blinds in offices have on staff productivity and well-being. As companies invest in im

    What is Solar Gain?

    July 18th, 2017
    Solar gain (also known as solar heat gain) is the increase in temperature in a space, object or structure that results from solar radiation. The sun radiates energy in the form of short wave radiation

    How wide can you make a roller blind, without any fabric joins?

    July 7th, 2017
    However neat, fabric joins in roller blind fabrics will always be visible to the discerning eye. As glazing in offices and high-end residential apartments gets bigger in width and height, fabric joins

    What is a blackout blind?

    June 28th, 2017
    A popular choice for school or office spaces, a ‘blackout blind’ refers to a blind designed to ‘cut out the light’ and is a term used by architects and facilities managers alike. Within this p

    Important considerations when purchasing blackout blinds for schools and offices

    June 28th, 2017
    Whilst all blackout blinds look similar at first glance, there is one important feature to look for if you want to ensure your blackout blinds for schools and offices provide adequate room darkening a

    Waverley support Hertfordshire Scouts work in Swaziland

    June 19th, 2017
    Waverley has donated £150 to boy scout William Haslam, who has set himself the task of raising £2,000 to help the Hertfordshire Scouts provide the necessary funding to complete the construction and

    The advantages of integral gutters on canopies for projects in schools

    June 16th, 2017
    As a contractor or facilities manager, you will be aware of the plethora of choice when it comes to external canopies suitable for schools and public buildings. Whilst at first glance most look to be

    What are the operational considerations for roller blinds?

    June 12th, 2017
    Roller blinds are the most frequently specified type of window blind on commercial, education and high-end residential projects. Their simple construction with minimal moving parts and the plethora of

    Safety considerations when specifying blinds for your project

    June 9th, 2017
    BS EN 13120 legislation relating to looped blind cords in publically accessible areas came into effect in February 20014. Blinds installed in areas where children under the age of 42 months are likely

    3 steps to ensure existing blinds in publicly accessible areas comply with BS EN 13120

    June 7th, 2017
    Blinds that are operated by cords or chains which could form a hazardous loop and place a child in danger. Therefore existing blinds that installed after February 2014 into areas where children under

    What are the best type of blinds for a school?

    June 1st, 2017
    The short answer is – roller blinds are the best school blinds. This post will provide a slightly longer answer by exploring the most important considerations when choosing blinds for schools and ex

    Blinds or curtains? Window furnishing considerations for student accommodation projects.

    May 29th, 2017
    Student accommodation provides its own set of unique challenges when it comes to choosing the best window furnishing solution. Blinds or curtains need to be robust, easy to use, low maintenance at the

    Customer feedback helps raise money for Help for Heroes charity

    May 11th, 2017
    Waverley recently received a letter on behalf of Bryn & Emma, the co-founders of Help for Heroes, thanking us for our recent donation to this worthy cause. What this charity has achieved and the w

    Considerations to ensure visual comfort is achieved on building design

    May 9th, 2017
    Buildings that include visual comfort in the design brief ensure a high degree of health, wellbeing and productivity for its’ occupants.  A wide range of research studies shows that factors such as
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