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Daylight leads in Leeds College

Kalwall cladding and roofing provides new campus with natural light and energy efficiency

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 30, 2015 | Supplier News

The new campus for Leeds College of Building was designed by architects Fuse Studios as the result of winning a major design competition. Using its skills to seamlessly integrate architecture and interiors, Fuse has fulfilled the College’s brief to promote the use of modern materials and construction methods, so the new project becomes an educational demonstration in its own right, as well as supporting BREEAM excellence. Materials specified included the diffused daylighting Kalwall cladding and roofing system.

Consistent with the winning design was a desire for internal transparency between all areas and a naturally-lit teaching environment which would not generate excessive solar heat gains. At the same time, it was recognised that too much glazing could distract the students, so the solution was to use translucent Kalwall.

Derek Whitehead, Deputy Principal, Leeds College of Building, comments: “We’re really pleased we went with the Kalwall solution for this project. The extra daylight really enhances the space and makes it very airy, light and bright. This has the benefits of not only reducing our energy consumption on one hand but, more importantly, creates a pleasant ambient light which enhances the health and well-being of our students and staff.”

Widely specified for educational projects and unlike conventional glazing, this system limits external views while admitting high levels of diffused daylight without shadows and glare or the stark contrasts of light and shade. Even on cloudy days, the interior is flooded with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced. 

Light spaces at Leeds College of Business

Kalwall is distributed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by Structura UK, a leading supplier, fabricator and installer of glass curtain walling, rainscreens, glass atria, windows and other architectural glass building products. 

The company has had all three of its ISO certifications successfully renewed for three years: OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification and ISO 9001 Quality Management certification.

Case studies and technical information are available from Structura UK Ltd, Tel: 01233 501 504 or visit    

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