Whitesales enhances educational experience
Whitesales has supplied 14 Solus Monopitch rooflights and four Solus smoke hatches for a new Additional Support Needs school (ASN) in East Dunbartonshire.
Architects NORR Group designed the Woodland View School to provide an enhanced educational experience for 200 children and young people aged from 3 to 18. Acknowledging the proven benefits of daylight to pupils’ learning and wellbeing, they wanted to use rooflights as well as fenestration to create flexible, light-filled, spaces.
With some of the rooflights spanning 15m, the challenge for Whitesales was to design and supply durable, cost effective and energy efficient rooflights and deliver a smooth, hassle-free installation.
The team worked closely with main contractor, McLaughlin & Harvey on the design and specification. Ranging in length from 4,000mm to 15,000mm, the 14 Solus Monopitch rooflights have been located above the many break-out learning spaces and extra wide corridors in the school, bringing daylight into the very heart of the building. They help to meet the requirements of BS EN17037 2018, which focuses on the physical and mental health benefits of daylight, as well as the energy savings that can come from minimising the requirement for artificial light.
Whitesales manufactured and installed the rooflights and four Solus smoke hatches in three phases as the build progressed, utilising a crane for the final installs to minimise time and disruption on site. They were all fitted on upstands constructed on site by the contractors and all comply with BS EN6375, BS EN1026 and BS EN1027 to withstand even the toughest Scottish weather conditions.
The £34.9m Woodland View School was shortlisted for Project of the Year – Inclusive Design at the Learning Places Scotland Conference.