New integral blind system for healthcare buildings

Integral blind manufacturer Morley Glass has launched a new system designed specifically for hospitals, medical schools and other health and social care facilities. ScreenView balances the need for privacy and observation, allowing for easy switching between the two at different times of the day.

Unlike any of the Venetian or pleated blinds available in the current Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView has two layers of wide slats arranged in a ladder style. These move up and down to provide an open view for observation, or complete closure.

The blind is perfect for door vision panels and other windows that separate a healthcare facility’s communal or public areas from private spaces, the business’ representative argues, such as treatment facilities, consultation rooms, operating theatres and patient rooms. Unlike vision panel flaps and externally mounted blinds, the ScreenView blind requires no further cleaning or maintenance other than routine cleaning of the control. It is protected from the daily knocks and accidents that can easily damage blinds in busy public environments, its creators claim.

Permanently sealed within the glass unit, the ScreenView blind is never exposed to dirt or germs, so it stays pristine over its lifespan. As an additional safeguard, the blind’s control mechanism is protected with a Sanitized® antimicrobial coating to help with infection control.

Safety is optimised further when ScreenView is coupled with certified, fire-rated glass in insulated glass units. One of the benefits of specifying integral blinds from Morley Glass is having the flexibility to choose from different types of glass to meet different performance goals, and that includes enhanced fire resistance through the company’s partnership with Pyroguard.

ScreenView blinds can be specified to provide passive fire protection, with assured performance of 30, 60 or 120 minutes, depending on the building requirements. It all adds up to a privacy and shading system that is hygienic, practical, fully compatible with designs and in line with Approved Document B in England and Wales, as well as the equivalent regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass, said: “ScreenView gives specifiers and facilities managers a new option for controlling privacy and shading in healthcare environments that allows other important design objectives such as fire safety, hygiene, infection control and aesthetics to be met. We can provide specialist specification and design guidance to help achieve the right solution using ScreenView, as well as the other integral blind solutions in our Uni-Blinds® portfolio.”

As with every product in the Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView is manufactured by Morley Glass in Leeds, using the ScreenLine integral blind systems from Italian pioneer Pellini SpA. The system is also available in just 10-12 days when ordered by 10am on Thursdays. To find out more visit morleyglass.co.uk.