Brighton Bi-folds used Jack Aluminium System’s shopfront system to create a bifold door and a bifold window at an upmarket fish and chip shop in Worthing.
“Our client was looking to open up the restaurant in two ways,” explains Phil Bedford, Managing Director at Brighton Bi-folds. “One to the outdoor veranda where diners enjoy their posh chippy tea and another to the takeaway counter, so it could be fully opened up in good weather.
“A residential-style bi-fold door system was never going to cut it, because the business would be opening and closing the doors and window every day. We needed a robust, commercial system that could withstand daily business use.”
Brighton Bi-folds turned to Jack Aluminium’s JD47 Shopfront system for a solution.
“We already used Jack Aluminium systems so I asked them if we could adapt it to create a bi-fold. Nothing is off-the-shelf in this industry, and it made sense to use JD47 to get the benefits of the commercial system’s strength and security.
“It also meant that we could put in a level access threshold so there are no trip hazards for customers and easy access for pushchairs, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and people who use walking aids.”
The result is an impressive bifold door that opens out onto the high street, so the space can be opened up in the summer when the takeaway counter is most popular. The bi-fold-style window creates an opening from waist-height. It’s in the sit-down part restaurant and opens out onto the veranda.
Phil adds: “Using Jack Aluminium Systems works really well for us. One benefit is the fact that they sell in quarter and half bar lengths. For a business like us, it’s great because we use smaller volumes of profile for bespoke, one-off projects without having lots of waste.”
Ash Pearson, Sales Manager at Jack Aluminium says: “We love working with companies like Brighton Bi-folds who really think outside of the box. It gives us ideas for product development and lets us know exactly what kind of systems are in demand. This project proves that our systems offer good design flexibility to suit interesting installations.”