TAKING THE LEAD AT SPORTPARK August 2010
Loughborough University’s new £15 million “SportPark” development represents a significant step forward in the pursuit of ‘excellence’, both in British sport and in the application of a custom Solar Shading solution, developed by Levolux. This will help it achieve a BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) rating of ‘Excellent’. The development has already picked up two CIOB ‘Committed to Construction in the East Midlands Awards’, for ‘Excellence & Quality’ and ‘Sustainability’.
Designed by David Morley Architects, the purpose built centre comprises of three linked wings of up to five storeys in height and provides more than 4000m2 of office space, with interconnecting communal areas and an energy cafe. It becomes home to a number of sports organisations, including British Swimming/ASA, Volleyball England and the Youth Sport Trust.
SportPark occupies a prominent position on the University’s campus with an open outlook to the south and west. In order to help prevent excessive solar heat gain, Levolux developed a custom aluminium Solar Shading solution, incorporating giant Perforated Sails and Aerofoil Fins, applied externally. By limiting the exposure of glazed areas to direct sunlight, internal temperatures can be maintained at the optimum level, with less need for mechanical cooling and air conditioning equipment.
Working to a challenging brief, Levolux installed a series of 12 giant Perforated Aluminium Sails, on three west facing elevations, to control light and heat and give the building a distinctive appearance. Arranged vertically either side of the main entrance, the eye-catching sails measure 2650mm wide and are graduated in height, ranging from just over 6 metres to an impressive 12.6 metres. Single skin, curved perforated aluminium sheets are incorporated into a bespoke frame, which is secured to the building at approx 1500mm centres.
Elsewhere, above windows along three south facing elevations, Levolux installed a series of horizontal extruded aluminium Aerofoil Fins, measuring 150mm wide, with a projection of 1000mm and a combined length of 228 metres. Aerofoil Fins are arranged between profile-cut side plates, with three, four and five tiers on the building’s south facing elevations. These control light and heat, while allowing unobstructed outward visibility.
Completing the custom Levolux solution, on the building’s most southerly facing elevation, is a vertical stack of 52 horizontal extruded aluminium Aerofoil Fins, each measuring 150mm wide. The Aerofoil Fins combine together to shade a glazed facade measuring 3000mm wide and 13000mm high.
Michael Friel, Project Architect at David Morley Architects was impressed with Levolux’s contribution on the project, commenting; “The Solar Shading system installed at SportPark, by Levolux exceeds our expectations, in terms of its aesthetic appearance, the quality of workmanship and its effectiveness in reducing solar heat gain inside the building.”
All Solar Shading systems from Levolux are backed by the company’s design, manufacture and installation package.
With the help of Levolux, SportPark has already achieved distinction in its field by offering an attractive and energy efficient base for several of the country’s sports governing bodies. It will play a crucial role in developing participation and excellence in British sport.