Academy blinded by the light

20 Jun 2014

When you knock down two schools and build a brand new £40m Academy to house over 1,700 pupils you just want the best environment you can create.

There are many studies highlighting the benefit of natural light to increased pupil performance and so in theory a rooflight in a classroom makes sense. But without the ability to control the light sometimes glare and excessive light gain can be a problem.

Pentel Contracts were asked to provide a cost-effective retrofit solution to a 36 square metre rooflight and had the answer – the Astralux 6000 louvre blind system which can be fitted at any angle.

Usually this roofblind is controlled by electric motor but can be operated manually as in this project. A detachable crank handle, to prevent unauthorised use of the blinds, is simply used to tilt the slats to the required angle.

The Academy was so pleased with the solution Pentel provided they were awarded the contract to supply and fit the same blinds to an adjacent classroom.

To see a case study on this project click here
To see a video of the blinds in operation click here
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