LIGHT AND SHADE FOR LEARNERS October 2009
When designing the new entrance at the Abbey Park Campus at Leicester College, Bond Bryan Architects specified an attractive external Solar Shading system. As a result, the 9000 Fin Solar Shading system developed by Levolux, the UK’s leading specialist, has contributed to one of the biggest Further Education transformations seen in Leicester for years.
The new campus is home to 10,500m2 of state of the art educational facilities across five floors and comprises large performing arts spaces and a mix of science, maths and humanities laboratories. To ensure the building operates with minimal energy demands, Levolux installed its 9000 Fin Solar Shading system.
Specially developed by Levolux, the 9000 Fin Solar Shading system comprises of a series of long span horizontal aluminium Aerofoil Fins, 400mm in width. They create a sophisticated and seamless arrangement of Fins that grace the front of the campus.
Working at high level, Levolux installed 16 rows of the aluminium Aerofoil Fins around the entrance of the Abbey Park Campus, shielding it from the sun’s rays and effectively minimising solar heat gain inside. The grey powder coated Fins help to create a cool, naturally lit reception area for staff and learners and reduce the need for air-conditioning, which significantly cuts energy bills and reduces carbon emissions.
From early concept stages, Leicester College worked with Bond Bryan Architects to maximise environmental benefits such as Solar Shading and mechanical heat recovery. Now, the college boasts some of the highest energy efficiency levels and even generates some of its own power with a roof top wind turbine.
Officially opened this year by HRH The Princess Royal, the Abbey Park Campus is part of Leicester College’s £44 million accommodation project. Now, thanks to Levolux, learners at the stunning new development can enjoy a comfortable, naturally lit environment all year round.