SOLINEAR ACHIEVES EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN 2017.

One of the leaders in their field, York-based Solinear is a fast-growing, increasingly high-profile business. They’ve supplied premium-quality solar shading / brise soleil and louvre products to everything from hospitals to high-tech test centres, and banks to submarine bases. From their inception, Solinear has had a clear ethos that’s stood it out from the competition as explained by Managing Director, Tony Dwyer: “Creativity, flexibility and strength in design are the keys to our success. “We specialise in the sort of unusual profile shapes that other companies can’t match, perfectly tailored to the needs of the client. “To achieve this fantastic…

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How to explain BIM to a 5-year-old?

How do you present complex information to an audience that is, let’s say, resistant to change? You can’t just deliver it in a charismatic way and expect everyone to just get it, right? I guess what I’m getting at here is how we communicate is crucial. We all know that BIM is not a software product. it’s not tangible either. It’s a methodology that links the design, manufacture of products and construction process. Let try and break that down into language that even a 5-year old can understand…. “BIM is when lots of people work together to build something using…

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Solinear helps ‘Sick Kids’ in Royal Hospital Transformation

Solinear, one of the UK’s leading aluminium louvre and solar shading suppliers, has helped transform a much-loved Edinburgh institution. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, affectionately known as ‘Sick Kids’ first opened its doors in 1860 and has been serving the city’s young people for 157 years. Now, it’s in the process of relocating to a purpose-built £150m complex fit for the demands of twenty-first-century health care. Solinear was challenged to design, manufacture and install penthouse/turret aluminium louvres and ventilation products that offered outstanding performance, while blending in with the project’s quirky, child-friendly aesthetic. The 5 penthouse/turret aluminium louvres, some…

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What is BIM?

BIM. Three letters that are radically reshaping the construction landscape – and that, for those of us in the industry, are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. It’s possible that you might know BIM inside out already. If so, good work – you’re more prepared than most, and excellently positioned to face whatever twenty-first century construction throws at you. But if you don’t, you’re far from alone. A lot of people have a vague awareness of BIM and what it is – but not enough to know how they can apply it in their own working lives. The first thing you…

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5 biggest challenges of BIM (and how to overcome them!)

We read something this week about BIM that really caught our attention: “why is something so simple so complicated?” It’s a very good question, so we’ve decided to explore the challenges of BIM, and more importantly, how we can overcome them. We think the benefits of BIM outweigh its obstacles. And, it’s not just us; nearly 64% of a recent survey of people using BIM models said they have seen: “Positive signs and good results.” (BIM+ 2017 Survey). Using the BIM model makes life easier for everyone involved. It allows us to bring the clients vision into reality, it aids…

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4 reasons your building needs timber solar shading

TIIIMMMBBBEEERRRR! Wood is one of the longest-standing building materials in existence. It’s been used in construction as far back as the stone age, some 10,000 years ago. Since then we’ve found new and innovative ways to replace timber with the introduction of materials like steel and concrete. Still, to this day timber is used to create amazing structures, from the humble log cabin right the way through to the famous Granot Loma in Michigan; an extravagant 26,000 square foot, 50-room house made from Oregon Pine. Impressive eh?! It’s fitting that even at the forefront of solar shading in building innovation…

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Motorised louvres: their uses and benefits

Here at Solinear, one of our specialities is ‘operable solutions’, which is why we so celebrate motorised louvres. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, as many are, let us explain it to you: louvres are a type of external shutter which can be cleverly angled to admit both air and light, without letting rain and direct sunshine into a building. They are not a new concept. First developed in the Middle Ages, they were initially used as a means of allowing ventilation into, and out of, kitchens, while ensuring that the cold, hard elements stayed out. Modern louvres, which are…

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Aluminium Solar Shading Fire Safety

How Do Solinear Ensure Our Systems Are Safe? Here at Solinear the safety aspect of our brise soleil, solar shading and architectural louvre systems are of paramount importance. The devastating fire at Grenfell tower block in London last month causing irreparable damage to both the building and the lives of those affected, serves as a harsh reminder that there can be no compromise when it comes to fire safety. All our external solar shading systems are designed, manufactured and installed by our team, with the greatest care and emphasis on safety. Working closely with Principle Contractors, each Solinear project is…

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New Addition to the Solinear Team

Congratulations to our new Design Apprentice Joe Hamilton, who has just finished his very first month at Solinear Limited! Joe is now concentrating on his apprenticeship in Level 3 Engineering and Design at York College to become as fabulous and skilled as our other in-house designers, he has already been a massive help to the entire team at Solinear over the last month taking on a variety of tasks, fitting in superbly and making our team stronger. Joe is a keen footballer who supports Arsenal and very much enjoyed watching his team lift the FA Cup last weekend. We are…

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New Installation Completed 1st April 2017

Location: Somewhere Hot & Incredibly Sandy Value of Project in Todays Money: Approximately 5 Billion For this unique application we took inspiration from the ancient status of the building, using a combination of wooden screws and adhesive derived from camel dung to fix our solar shading to the stunning ancient Pyramid. It may have taken 4,000 workers over 20 years to construct the pyramid, but our 1 day install flew on to ensure Pharaohs and Visitors alike can enjoy a cool day out  no matter which chamber of the pyramid they are trapped in. It’s been a great privilege to…

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So You Think You Know The Difference Between Brise Soleil & Solar Shading?

If we were given a penny each time somebody asks us what the difference between Solar Shading and Brise Soleil was, well we’d have enough pennies to make a life-sized replica of the Eiffel tower! Why the Eiffel tower you ask? Well, the Eiffel tower is French and so is the word Brise Soleil. What is Brise Soleil? Brise Soleil is a structure used to protect a building from the sun, usually consisting of horizontal or vertical strips of material Now time for some translation: Briser in French translates as ‘to break’ and Soleil means ‘sun’, so Brise Soleil in…

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Bibbidi Bobbidi BIM – A Little Bit of Construction Magic

Technology we use and work with on a daily basis today has evolved immensely over the past few years. This can be seen throughout the world in all shapes and sizes, from Apple launching the first iPad in 2010 (yes, only 7 years ago), favouring Apps over software, fridges that text you a photograph of their contents to assist you with your weekly shop and virtual reality headsets being sold in regular high-street shops to fully electric, next-generation cars that think, brake and park themselves. Take a step back, before this way of life became the norm, experiencing some of…

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Solinear’s new Designer

The working week is nearly over, our newest member of the team, Shane has just completed his first week with us as a Solinear Designer. You may have seen some of Shane’s design work before if you’re a watcher of The Voice on ITV. He’s now focusing his talents on our solar shading and louvres and is well and truly stuck in after just 5 days. Like Solinear, Shane loves the sun, his favourite sunny destination is Fuerteventura and he can’t wait to design for you!

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STARTING 2017 WITH A BANG

After the cloud of uncertainty 2016 cast across the UK, with financial instability, political upheaval, terror attacks and fears for the future of businesses across the UK, the dust has finally settled and we’re able to see clearly just how many positives were shining through the doom and gloom of 2016, was it perhaps unfair of the media to label 2016 the worst year in history? Team GB had their most successful summer Olympics to date with an impressive 27 gold medals, finishing 2nd on the medal table. Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday with royal abandon and giant pandas…

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Christmas without aluminium?

Here at Solinear we’re passionate about two things, Christmas and aluminium. Some may think these are totally unrelated to each other, but did you know it would be impossible to celebrate Christmas without aluminium? What would your Christmas be like without aluminium? There’d be no tinsel around your home, no fancy wrapping paper under the tree, a burnt turkey in the oven without foil to cook with. You couldn’t relax on the sofa with a tin of your favourite drink, whilst gazing merrily at the abundance of aluminium made Christmas decorations. Yes, Christmas as we know it would cease to exist.…

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Seasons Greetings

Wishing all our customers and suppliers all the best for the festive season and a prosperous 2017

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STRENGTH, POWER & RESILIENCE

A few words that spring to mind when you mention Solinear’s new Guardian Steel Louvre Systems. A product that reflects our nation’s attitude to the post-referendum financial forecast and UK resident’s philosophy:  Stay strong whatever the weather. They are also 3 words that currently apply to the construction industry as a whole, with the total value of construction contracts hitting £2.3 billion in October, a massive 33% increase on September’s total and the highest value recorded since 2010. The construction industry is here to stay, are your steel louvre systems? Solinear Guardian Steel Systems, Built for the Future, designed and…

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Benefits of Louvres & Brise Soleil

If you’ve been commissioned to produce tender designs or design development for a new building project, it’s well worth considering brise soleil benefits and architectural louvre screening systems as a vital tool in your Armoury. Whilst the practical benefits of louvres and brise soleil have made them common place on many commercial buildings, there is a largely overlooked and untapped potential to utilise these systems as completely bespoke, full façade features that can enhance any building and make it a landmark of its surroundings. Alongside aesthetics, brise soleil and louvre screening systems provide a wide range of practical advantages both…

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