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Bright future for Salford's Deans Primary

The school has installed Kingspan Kapture Prismatic Skylights with climate control glazing

Posted by Julian Owen | April 05, 2018 | HVAC & lighting

Kingspan Light + Air has helped light up a popular community primary school in Salford, Manchester. Its bespoke daylighting solution, comprising Kingspan Kapture Prismatic Skylights with climate control glazing, is reported to offer savings of up to 80% on artificial lighting energy consumption

Due to an increased demand for school places in the area, the decision was made to relocate Deans Primary School to a purpose-built facility allowing it to double its intake to 420 pupils, plus a 30-place nursery on the same site. The new building has been designed by Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, including high-quality daylighting within the classroom and corridors. 

To ensure this was realised on the first floor of the building without glare or overheating, the technical team at Kingspan Light + Air used climate-based daylight modelling of the proposed building to design a skylight system, comprising Kingspan Kapture Nano-Prismatic Skylights with climate control glazing. 

The contoured form of the Kapture Skylights allows light to be captured at low sun angles, ensuring the internal spaces are illuminated all day and resulting in long-term energy savings. 

The advanced nano-prismatic layer uses microscopic prism structures to efficiently scatter beams of sunlight, reducing disruptive glare to avoid a ‘lights on, blinds down’ situation, in which the natural light is blocked-out in favour of costly artificial lighting. Excess sunlight can also cause uncomfortable hotspots in the area below if not properly considered and managed. Therefore, the Kapture skylights were specified in Kingspan Light + Air’s climate control glazing option, as they can achieve a solar heat gain coefficient as low as 0.45, with an overall light transmission of 81%. 

Stephen Kirkpatrick, Head teacher of Deans Primary School, commented: “Our vision is to create an environment which is both stimulating and interesting for our pupils, allowing their talents and personalities to flourish. It was important that the new school building embodied and supported this vision. The Kingspan skylights have helped to create a calm ambience throughout the top floor of the building, supporting the learning that takes place there.”


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