Both stylish and contemporary, their range of systems provide users with an anti-ligature, maintenance-free totally integrated privacy and shading solution without any bulky and intrusive operating mechanisms mounted on the glass surface.
Their innovative blind sits inside a hermetically sealed double glazed argon filled unit, which protects the blind from damage, dirt and grime.
Meaning the blind is hygienically excellent, never needs cleaning and is completely maintenance free, making them perfect for healthcare environments.
BetweenGlassBlinds are an alternative when other types of blind and curtains are not practical or achievable, for example, in the mental health and dementia sector where products must be anti-ligature as a matter of priority.
Service users can control the operation of the blinds with ease with the ability to raise, lower and tilt the blinds in one slick and easy motion with its functional design.
This gives the end user full control when privacy is needed or to reduce glare and sunlight keeping a room at a more moderate temperature.
Hygienically excellent, BetweenGlassBlinds creates a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing, all within a safe, ligature-free surrounding using a discreet double-glazed integral blind system suitable for installation both internally and externally.
BGB units are available with an operating system designed to suit every environment. The BGB range includes a cordless manually-controlled unit operated via a smooth user-friendly sliding magnet, as well as motorised units which can be controlled via programmable infra-red or radio frequency remote units or work as part of a fully automated system.
All BGB systems are available in a wide range of colours as well as a full range of glazing options including solar control, noise reduction and fire resistance. BGB is the ideal solution for small, medium or large scale privacy and shading needs within all sectors.
Use on The Welland Centre, Mental Health Impatient Centre
The Welland Centre is a purpose built mental health inpatient centre that covers the population of Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and surrounding towns and villages.
The adult acute and intensive care 47 bed inpatient unit provides a range of services to people aged between 16 and 65.
The wards at the Welland Centre provide inpatient assessment and treatment for people experiencing mental health problems where the person’s circumstances or care needs cannot be supported at home or in an alternative, less restrictive residential setting.
Fleet architects specified BetweenGlassBlinds for the project. Fleet Architects of London were looking for a solution specifically for seclusion spaces that were anti-ligature, anti-tamper and generally reduced the ability for self-harm.
BetweenGlassBlinds ticked all of those boxes. There were a number of other suppliers that offer similar solutions but were ruled out due to a number of issues:
- Other manufacturers work was found to be crude in areas, therefore unsatisfactory and not what was required for the seclusion space
- Other manufacturers only offered their solution in uPVC, whereas stainless steel was required for the framing, which BetweenGlassBlinds offered
- There were manufacturers who also offered integral blind solutions in stainless steel (like BGB) but from past experience they were not deemed as reliable or satisfactory across the board
- Fleet Architects were impressed with the glass options from BGB which fit the bill for what was required on the Welland Centre project.
Another contributing factor was BGB’s links with Vistamatic. Vistamatic’s reputation for their market-leading products and their (anti-ligature) portfolio of work within the mental health sector was also influential in making the decision.
“It was great that the BGB products were available as supply only for this project, but on the same note the customer service was still available if we encountered any problems. The products have achieved perfectly what the client, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and we at Fleet were going for, maximising visibility without compromising privacy and dignity.
“The Trust is very pleased with the quality of the product and commented on how hygienic, clean and safe it was.”
Jaime Bishop, Director – Fleet Architects