GETTING COLOURFUL IN LUTON September 2010
Following completion of the initial phases of a £19 million refurbishment project, Lea Manor High School has been transformed into a modern, energy efficient community complex, which benefits from a stunning Levolux Solar Shading solution. The school now boasts a new 250+ seat community theatre, science laboratories, technology rooms and a bright new entrance.
Designed by Jacobs Architecture, Lea Manor High School is one of the few projects being completed in Luton under the government’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ Programme (BSF). Arranged over two storeys, the completed school will provide an exciting new venue for young and old to enjoy, through performing arts, scientific research, or attending interactive lectures.
With its open outlook to the south, the school’s glazed entrance receives prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which increases the risk of excessive solar heat gain within the building, particularly during the summer. To help combat this, Levolux devised an external aluminium Solar Shading solution, utilising its new Infiniti® Fin system.
Resembling a rainbow of continuous coloured blades, the Levolux Solar Shading solution comprises 13 rows of 300mm wide horizontal Aerofoil Fins, applied in a vertical stack across the entrance of the school. With a total length of 16.4 metres, each Aerofoil Fin has been given a distinctive coloured powder coated finish, ranging from reds and yellows, to greens and blues.
The Infiniti Fin system is an innovative form of external Solar Shading, with unique concealed fixings creating an attractive aesthetic of continuous Fins, with no apparent fixings or vertical supports. The Aerofoil Fins provide an effective shading structure across glazed areas, limiting their exposure to direct sunlight, while allowing natural daylight to filter through. This is proven to significantly reduce the need for air conditioning, helping to create a more comfortable and eco-friendly building.
The Infiniti Fin system has a flexible design which can accommodate aerofoil, diamond, oval, rectangular and box section Fins, in widths ranging from 150mm up to 500mm. The Infiniti Fin system is unlike any other on the market in that the fixings are ingeniously hidden inside the Fins themselves.
Like all Solar Shading systems from Levolux, the Infiniti Fin system used on this project is backed by the company’s design, manufacture and installation package. It is also compatible with the Triniti® Bracket, allowing architects and specifers to incorporate a unique thermal and acoustic break into their designs.
Lea Manor High School is set to brighten up the lives of students, teachers and local residents, not only by providing new state-of-the-art facilities, but also when they enter the school, passing under a rainbow of colourful Aerofoil Fins, designed and installed by Levolux.