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West Norwood Fire Station

Smartlouvre worked with Norwood Fire Station to provide solution for the heat gain issues, especially in the gym.

Key details

West Norwood Fire Station was built in 2014 and the firefighters’ gymnasium soon became unbearably hot in the peak heat gain seasons of spring and autumn and also summer.

  • Unbearable internal temperatures, for all staff
  • Mobile air-con units were not coping
  • Natural ventilation was needed
  • Energy efficient product was needed
  • Need to have perfect outward vision
  • Need to have pure natural light (100%CRI)
  • Maximum solar heat gain heat protection 


West Norwood Fire Station


West Norwood, UK


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The problem

The project was part of a refurbishment across nine London fire stations, all with overheating and sun control problems.

The solution

MicroLouvre Screens were installed on the windows to reduce internal temperatures and the need for energy guzzling, climate unfriendly air-cooling systems.

The firefighters using the gym experienced an immediate and drastic reduction in temperature, making conditions bearable and reducing the need for light and outward vision blocking internal blinds.

Although the installation required the use of a boom to reach the windows, the installation of the large screens in simple Lift In / Lift Out (LILO) tracks was very quick and easy, only taking 5 minutes per screen. As a result, Smartlouvre, the UK Koolshade® manufacturer, was added to the approved list of contractors for London Fire Brigade.


  • Heat block and temperature reduction
  • Comfortable, usable gym
  • Restored views out
  • Air conditioning reduction
  • Glare control

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