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The Holy Cross College project
The Holy Cross College project, view of roof
24 January 2020 | Updated 17 July 2020
 

Holy Cross College, a Catholic sixth form college in Bury, has seen an extension join together existing buildings and create walkways around a quadrangle - all of which now enjoy the benefits brought by modern glazing solutions.

“Many solutions had been explored for the college to make the most of the space it had available and we were delighted to be involved with the project and ensure that more natural light was brought into the building so that students could maximise its benefits,” said Jim Lowther Sales Director at Xtralite. “We were able to specify the latest rooflight and glazing technologies, choosing materials that were particularly suited to their relevant setting.”

Two X-Span canopies, a thermally enhanced self-supporting rooflight, measuring approximately 16m x 4m and 23m x 3m were specified over the student walkways with 25mm, 5 wall x-structured protected polycarbonate providing the glazing solution. This allowed natural light to penetrate into the student circulation area and access to the coffee shop.

In addition, two X3 rooflights were specified in the main building which measured approximately 3m x 2m and 1m x 2m. Both had double glazed glass, argon filled units providing enhanced thermal protection. This thermally broken metal system, provides an insulated barrier within the frame, offers considerable flexibility whilst complying with Part L of the Building Regulations. Added benefits were the integral cascade water management system which drains moisture to the outside of the building.

 

Glass and polycarbonate mix

Lowther continued: “This particular project necessitated a mix of polycarbonate and glass glazing solutions given the situation and exposure of the roof solutions. It is fair to say that both have their merits - polycarbonate is impact resistant and offers a diffused lighting to building users below. By contrast glass brings the full benefits of natural light, enhanced thermal protection and sound reduction, however, it can also be diffused to bring enhanced comfort to building users whilst retaining the clarity.”

 

Standards

Xtralite systems comply with BS6399 system Part 1 (Code of Practice for dead and imposed loads), Part 2 (Code of Practice for wind loads) and Part 3 (Code of Practice for imposed/snow loads) delivering a premium solution of aesthetics and practicality.

Picture: The Holy Cross College project. 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 24 January 2020

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