Château Petit-Village Vineyard

Surespan Exi-Vent system chosen to enhance a French Vineyard

Leading manufacturers of safe access and escape solutions Surespan was initially approached to present a combined solution, consisting of smoke ventilation with a means of access, whilst also allowing light transmission.


The Vineyard had recently been sold to new owners, who showed ambition to redevelop areas to help improve wine tourism facilities through activities such as private tours and wine tasting.

Upon reviewing drawings and continuous collaboration between the customer and Surespan’s sales & technical team. The project opened up to be for a Château Petit-Village Vineyard, which produces a very popular range of red wine, located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region.

"Our client’s specific requirement was to make use of a roof terrace that overlooks the 10.5 acres of vines, shaped like a triangle in the heart of the Pomerol appellation. With this desired, access unit, it would allow for a stunning view of the magnificent Pomerol plateau, which produces grape varieties of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon."

Tom Davies, Commercial Director

Following a thorough review with the Sales and Technical teams at Surespan, the client was encouraged to see the glazed Exi-Vent model presented, a turn-key solution, which met and exceeded their original specification.

The Exi-Vent features a part 140-degree opening smoke ventilation, tested and certified in accordance with EN12101-02, and part electrically operated access hatch. The two parts are designed to allow independent operation with key switches positioned both internally and externally. Polyester powder coated to RAL 9010, to provide a clean aesthetic.


Situated within an area that gets optimum exposure to the sun, it was important that the glass specification was aligned to achieve specific solar properties. After consulting with Pilkington and the client, it was concluded that the top pane of the double-glazed unit was to be of 40/22 ‘Pilkington Insulight Sun’ glazing; offering a U-Value of 1.1 W/m²K and G-Value of 0.23.

“Surespan was chosen due to our expertise in bespoke and innovative solutions and for showing an internationally renowned reputation for quality” continues Tom “from exceptional customer service to supplying high-quality products, we always aim to provide an unparalleled offering”

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