THE TOWER OF LONDON
THE TOWER OF LONDON WELCOME CENTRE
Beyond a doubt one of the most famous landmarks in Britain: The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a building recognised the world over. This castle founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman conquest of England and located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London has borne witness to a significant and colourful history. Originally destined to be used as a palace, the tower was more famously used as a prison and was popularly believed to be the site of hundreds of executions.
Having been repurposed for a number of uses including as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint and the home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower now operates as one of London’s main tourist attraction, with numbers reaching close to three million visitors a year.
Our project consisted of designing a functional solution to the heat build-up in the Tower of London Welcome Centre. The phenomenon was caused by the incorporation of a large 4m high, south-facing glass frontage to the building which, although highly decorative, caused the retention of an excessive amount of heat.
After carefully studying the project we installed two state of the art retractable vertical blinds which are stable enough to operate in the sunny weather conditions and stop excessive heat build up.
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