January 2008

Michael Tippett School1 200x200Working alongside architects Marks Barfield, creators of the London Eye, market leader Levolux has provided a £7.6 million new build school in Lambeth with a state-of-the-art solar shading system – a vibrant colour combination that both protects and gets noticed.

The school, Michael Tippett, replaces two existing centres to create one successful and unified learning environment. This is part of the £2.2 billion government initiative, Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and is the first project within London under BSF.

Michael Tippett School2 200x200Glazing is a prominent feature of the design, covering the majority of the exterior. Therefore, with increased amounts of light entering the centre, effective shading is of key importance.

Levolux installed three rows of its specialist 9000 range of fixed aluminium 400mm Fins along the top of each floor. These ensure the classrooms and social hubs are the optimum environment at all times.

An essential design factor was to make sure the building stood out and was brighter than typical SEN schools. For this reason the architects specified the Fins to be finished, using a powder coating, in three vibrant colours – orange, red and purple – making a bold statement to the surrounding area.

Michael Tippett School3 200x200Thanks to Levolux’s quality design, they provide an essential source of shading to the school without obstructing views in or out of the building. This was important, as the views not only act as a stimulus for students, but allow teachers to provide enhanced supervision.

Working with the solar shading Fins, Levolux also successfully installed its internal, manually operated roller blinds. These work as a safe solution for further reducing excessive light and glare entering the school, whilst also being safe in operation – an essential consideration for students with profound learning disabilities. Blackout blinds were also fitted within the media facilities, where the elimination of light is required.

Michael Tippett School4 200x200Helping the architect’s aim to achieve a high BREEAM rating, the shading system dramatically reduces the need for air-conditioning. With the aid of Levolux, the centre provides an energy efficient, stimulating and comfortable learning environment for its future students, whilst reducing its carbon footprint.

Levolux’s extensive shading system range can be designed to fit the exact needs of any architect’s design. Available in a range of finishes and coatings, every project receives the best results.