Pontprennau Primary School

Following a £7 million investment, the new Pontprennau Primary School in Cardiff opened in September 2015, with a host of innovative features, including a colourful solar shading solution, courtesy of Levolux.

Levolux was invited to develop a custom solution based on its market-leading Infiniti® Fin system. The Infiniti Fin system was specified to create four Brise Soleil elements for the school’s façade, applied externally across east and west-facing glazed openings.

Each element is formed from a series of aerofoil-shaped aluminium fins, each measuring 300mm wide by 62mm thick, arranged vertically. The fins are fixed at an angle of 90 degrees from the façade, at 330mm centres. This arrangement provides effective shading, countering the position of the sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west.

The inclusion of the Infiniti Fin solar shading solution into the scheme, also provided architects with the opportunity to create an interesting architectural feature. To achieve this, the vertical fins were finished in one of 9 vibrant colours, from bright green, to dazzling orange. Now complete, the Pontprennau Primary School is somewhat reminiscent of the Lea Manor High School, which has a similar solar shading solution from Levolux, but with fins fixed horizontally.

The bright colours given to the fins, along with the subtle dark grey colour of the aluminium carrier arms was applied as a highly durable polyester powder coating, with a smooth, satin finish.

Thanks to the unique design of the Infiniti Fin system, with concealed stainless steel fixings and integrated aluminium carrier arms, the vertical fins appear to float in front of the glazed openings, for a clean, uncompromised aesthetic.