QMotion UK has provided a versatile, easy to operate, automated blind solution for the recently renovated UK HQ of lighting controls manufacturer, Helvar.

Helvar worked with Morgan Lovell, the office design and fit out specialist, to identify a future workspace strategy which would then inform their new HQ. The result, completed in Summer 2017, is designed to blend people, space and technology into an interior design that accommodates the various working styles of the Helvar departments and staff.

The technology installation supports this design by incorporating human-centric lighting, lighting control and QMotion UK blind control into the scheme.

In the principal meeting room, versatility presented a key challenge since the space is used for meetings, presentations, training and product demonstrations by Helvar employees. Helvar was especially keen to use the area as a showcase for its single room, human-centric lighting solution, ILLUSTRIS POWER. With this technology, users can choose between four pre-set lighting scenes and different light intensities or, alternatively, they can simply rotate a finger on the colour temperature wheel to select the right level for human-centric ambient light. As the room also features four large floor-to-ceiling windows running down one side, automated blinds from QMotion UK were specified to provide additional flexibility and convenience whilst allowing appropriate levels of daylight to be brought into the room, depending on external conditions.

“The meeting room is a vitally important, multi-purpose space for our company,” says Craig Downard, international support & project management – lighting systems at Helvar.

“The automated blinds from QMotion help us switch quickly and conveniently between different room uses and cut down on direct sunlight and glare from outside, when needed. They also offer a solution that complements the intelligence of our own lighting control technology which we frequently demonstrate in this space to potential customers.”

QMotion to the four!

A further four QMotion UK motorised roller blinds have been fitted in the Helvar meeting room as part of a broader contract of over 20 automated blinds for the entire HQ. Controlled by a handheld remote, they can be synchronised to move as a group or operated individually to lower to a pre-programmed position. A manual override function ensures that any occupant can pull on any blind, at any time, without damaging the automated mechanism.

QMotion UK says its blinds are ultra-energy efficient thanks to the company’s patented spring-counterbalancing system which keeps motor power consumption to an absolute minimum and delivers near silent operation in every application. The QMotion blinds also reduce side light gaps to 13mm on each side for optimum room shading performance.

Advancing the project further, Helvar is planning to integrate control of the QMotion UK blinds onto a single platform with its lighting intelligence technology in the future. A full range of high quality fabric design and colour options are available across the QMotion UK range and a bespoke service is also available.