Client: Lancashire Cricket Club; Location: Manchester, UK; Product: LT Smart film
LT Smart Film Square feet: 120m²; Date of Completion: 20/05/2019
Cricket is an important revenue generator for Lancashire Cricket but so is the use of the conference and banqueting centre. Many prestigious companies hire the venue for conferences as do many couples looking for that special venue to get married. It has a unique feature of a mezzanine floor overlooking the conference centre. The idea is to offer a “reveal” to surprise guests and delegates, so for example the reception is held on the mezzanine floor and when it is time to reveal the conference area or the main area for function area for wedding guests. Our Switchable Film switches from frosted to clear in milliseconds, offering that WOW factor and reveal.
Prior to LT Smart being instructed to apply a Switchable film, each window has an electronic blind that raises when they are ready to unveil the room below as a wonderful surprise, unfortunately the very nature of electronic blinds is that they are slow and generally do not raise at the same time, defeating the objective to offer that element of surprise.
Lancashire Cricket found that the cost between applying Retro Fit– Switchable film and installing new electronic blinds was similar, but after negotiating LT Smart were found to be more cost effective whilst also offering the objective of the project. Plus it has the massive advantage of offering rear projection, meaning that whilst the delegates or wedding guests are enjoying the reception a video can be projected onto the windows, turning each window into a digital screen.
Once all the financials were agreed, the next step for LT Smart was to arrange a site visit and to get accurate measurements and understand the project in detail. After discussions with the facility manager, Paul, it was agreed that our film would be applied to the conference side of the window, no project is simple but this one had many complications and challenges to overcome, firstly these windows are 10m off the ground and the installers had to work on lifting platforms which had to be moved along after each section was complete. Lancashire Cricket also wanted the ability to switch 5 sections separately as well as all together. One of the major challenges was to hide the cables and feed them to the Power Control Unit.
LT Smart also had to work around the Cricket World Cup, which meant very tight security, and conferences in between cricket matches, which meant the installers had to work late into the night to get the install complete on time.
Day One of install
Health and Safety
As with most projects, before we can even start, we have to undergo a strict health
and safety induction and all our installers comply with current H&S standards.
Preparing the windows
Before we can even apply one piece of film, each window pane has to be cleaned, not just a quick wash down but cleaned with an alcohol based cleaner (several times) to make sure that there is no dust or other marks on the glass, this is the only way to get a 100% application.
Applying the film
This takes an immense amount of care and attention to detail, our expert installers work to the highest standards and we always have a project manager on site to ensure the work is carried out to our highest expectations.
During install and end of Project
LT Smart installers ensure the areas are left clean, tidy and free of material so the company can function safely during the times we are not on site.
At the end of the project LT Smart will test the system and show the client how to use the remote controls. Once the client is satisfied with the installation they will be asked to complete a sign off sheet and are free to leave any comments.