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Internal shade sails , Maintenance & Replacement


Replacement internal shade sails for Westerleigh Crematorium , South Gloucestershire.

Westerleigh Crematorium comprises a wonderfully spacious and light chapel , with a full length glass ridged roof light . To reduce glare , and heat build up the original design (1992) included for a set of white mesh fabric internal shade sails of various shapes which when viewed from below are both ethereal and soften the architecture. The original internal shade sails , at 20 years old , had become discoloured , brittle and flaky from constant UV exposure and dust collection. We were contracted by Westerleigh Group to remove the old shade sails and replace with new , the work had to be undertaken over weekends using a self propelled electric long boom lift as the pews are permanently bolted to the floor. The work was undertaken over 2 weekends , with the new sails fabricated using the old as templates.

The electric boom lift is a fascinating piece of equipment , the model used in transport mode was very compact allowing us to drive the rubber tracked machine into the chapel . The rubber tracks being very kind to the marble floors. The chapel itself has permanently bolted pews, side aisle columns , steel work triangulating the roof forces, plus an overhang above the altar area and another overhang above the internal porch. The machine is dual power : diesel and electric ,so no diesel smell inside the building. Once levelled and set the arms extend and intricate hydraulic adjustments allowed us to reach high & wide to carefully rig without any damage to the Chapel.

Alfresco365 for replacement and maintenance of existing shade solutions.




Client Comments

“ The sails were beginning to disintegrate and appeared quite stained . The team at Sherlock andWatson Ltd T/A Alfresco 365 undertook the refurbishment without any disruption to our services .The new sails are perfect “

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