Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows were selected for the new Fishburn accommodation unit at Port Phillip Prison, VIC, after meeting project requirements for both safety and security.

Security is highly prioritised in the selection of materials for prisons; specifying Safetyline Jalousie’s louvre windows for the new prison unit, therefore, underlines the fact that the system is indeed secure.

With extensive experience in complex projects, and working predominantly within the corrections sector, architect Peter Bowe of Bowe Australia designed the Fishburn accommodation unit for 85 prisoners as well as a staff training facility and a central stores building, keeping in mind the need to focus on the safety and security features of materials being specified for the structures.

Peter was impressed that Safetyline Jalousie louvres met his very fastidious brief though the brand was relatively new to the Australian market at the time. The louvres were required to provide ventilation into the common areas without compromising on security considerations.

The louvres are separated by a 106mm gap, making it impossible for a human to pass through; additionally, stainless steel bars are inserted inside of each louvre bearer, providing the necessary security without the added cost of retrofitting extra bars or grills. The louvres are built into the frame, and pivot from the back edge, which means that the exposed edge of the glass protrudes out of the building eliminating the risk of inmates harming themselves or others. Tested to 550kg impact load, the louvres can also withstand the roughest treatment.

Safetyline Jalousie supplied 86 louvre windows for the Port Phillip Prison project, each window measuring 1414mm (10 blades) and 2629mm (19 blades) in height and having a standard width of approximately 1100mm.

The window frames were supplied in Pearl White, Charcoal Satin and Anotec Natural Pearl colours while the louvres were made from 6mm clear toughened glass. The windows are operated using levers and motorised LDF100 drives.