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Sirius Academy

Bespoke rooflight solution from Xtralite delivers bright future for students at new Academy.

The versatility of Xtralite’s products and services has been highlighted thanks to the Northumberland-based rooflight manufacturer’s involvement in providing a bespoke rooflight solution for a new £48million academy in Hull.

Funded by the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme, the Sirius Academy required an innovative rooflight solution that could reflect its own unique, oval-shaped design. Working closely with roofing contractor Chemplas Ltd, Xtralite manufactured and installed two thermally enhanced ridgelights, measuring 33m x 28m and 24m x 28m.

Sat above the school’s full-height central atrium space, the ridgelights allow the maximum amount of daylight to illuminate the space below which houses an innovative learning environment plus a number of multi-use spaces.

Central to the success of the installation has been the close liaison between Xtralite’s design team and Chemplas Ltd, who both worked together with the contractor to overcome the complex area of interface between the roof and the rooflight.

Jim Lowther, Sales Director at Xtralite, commented: “It is becoming increasingly important to ensure that schools built for the future are both sustainable and energy efficient.

“These particular ridgelights are glazed using translucent Lumira™ aerogel (formerly known as Nanogel). By using Lumira aerogel for this project, we’ve been able to ensure the building is flooded with high quality diffused light, reducing the glare and solar overheating that are usually associated with rooflight structures at this scale.”

Sirius Academy boasts new teaching spaces, a six-court sports hall and three multi-use games areas, as well as specialist areas such as dance studios. It is anticipated that the Sirius Academy will achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.