Louvre windows from Safetyline Jalousie were an integral part of the NSW Government-led refurbishment of the heritage-listed Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Encompassing major development and adaptive re-use of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 and the Shoresheds, two original 1920s finger wharves on Hickson Road, the project contributes towards the growth of Sydney as a local and internationally-renowned arts and cultural destination.
With this renewal, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct would be transformed into a major public arts and cultural performance hub in Sydney.
Built in the early 20th century, the Walsh Bay precinct has been restored with care to maintain its industrial character while simultaneously updating and modernising the facilities to world-class 21st century standards.
Keeping in mind the future arts and cultural uses of the precinct, the restoration included detailed acoustic considerations to produce high-quality theatre spaces and limit noise interference from other spaces or outside. Updating the glazing was one of the key elements to ensure the precinct will be technologically and acoustically fit for now and the future.
To complement the new glass facades, Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows were specified to replace the older style louvres scattered throughout the buildings. The original louvres had seen considerable wear and tear over the years and no longer met modern day building performance requirements. Safetyline Jalousie provided the ideal solution for conserving the physical appearance of the buildings while meeting the design criteria for soundproofing and security.
What sets Safetyline Jalousie apart from other louvre windows is the use of a horizontal aluminium section, which acts as a security barrier along with EPDM marine grade seals to achieve greater sound insulation as well as block wind and water.
Walsh Bay is one of the most significant urban renewal projects of a heritage precinct in Australia. The quality engineering and sturdy operation of 175 Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows will deliver long-term benefits to the ongoing protection and maintenance of this iconic and well-loved site for many years to come.