Blinds firm completes gallery work

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Specialist blind company Country Blinds and Awnings has completed a contract at a new visitor attraction.

The Leeds-based company was commissioned to fit out The Tetley, a new art gallery situated in the headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in Leeds.

Country Blinds, which manufactures and installs made-to-measure blinds, awnings, solar and security films, played a key role in the £1.5m conversion of the art deco building.

The company was commissioned following a local architect specification and supplied blinds for the entire building including blackout blinds in the exhibition gallery and partial blackout blinds for light sensitive areas.

Eating areas in the landmark building were equipped with dim-out blinds and approximately 55 blinds were fitted on each floor.

The company used commercial fire-retardant fabrics.

Lesley Castelow, managing director at Country Blinds and Awnings, said: “The Tetley is a fabulous art space and it is very rewarding to be involved in a project like this in our home city.

“We have manufactured and fitted hundreds of blinds throughout the building. Country Blinds and Awnings completes many large-scale projects but this one has been particularly interesting.”

The Tetley, which is managed by Project Space Leeds, opened earlier this month and hopes to attract 45,000 visitors per year.

The refurbishment work included restoring period features throughout the building and adding new exterior stairs and a lift.

The visitor attraction features a museum dedicated to the brewery, which closed in 2011 after 189 years.