St Brides Major Primary School

The St Brides Major Primary school in Bridgend, South Wales, recently opened its new nursery building, fitted with a colourful solar shading solution from Levolux.

To complement an original solar shading solution, provided by Levolux in 2012, the Infiniti Fin system was specified again, this time to form an external solar shading solution for the new building.

External solar shading has been used to brighten up the building envelope. Resembling a rainbow, the distinctive horizontal Fins appear in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Each Fin measures 200mm wide and is fixed at an angle of 30 degrees from horizontal. The vertically stacked Fins are set at a pitch of 235mm. The combination of angle and pitch ensures the shading structure performs effectively, particularly when heat and glare from the sun can become excessive, between April and August.

The horizontal Fins extend along the south-east elevation and continue seamlessly around the building to the south, with neat mitred corners. An outside teaching area to the south is also shaded, allowing teachers greater flexibility when planning activities for pupils.

For St Brides Major Primary School, aerofoil-shaped Fins are secured using angled brackets, which are fixed to vertical, extruded aluminium carrier arms.

All Fins supplied by Levolux for the new building, together with other aluminium components, have been given a durable, high quality gloss powder coating.