CASTLE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL, LEICESTERSHIRE
VELFAC glazing is installed at the award-winning Castle Rock High School, built on the edge of Leicestershire's Charnwood Forest. The school, designed by the County Council's architecture team, is BREEAM rated 'very good', and was also upheld as an exemplar design by the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Large areas of low energy windows
Managing Architect Nigel King explains the design concept: 'Our overall objective was to create a building that complemented its forest setting, and that expressed as many sustainability features as possible. In terms of glazing, the design had to maximise natural light, and this was achieved by using large areas of low-energy VELFAC windows.' VELFAC glazing is installed in multi-window blocks, full height curtain walling and in the walls supporting the drum-shaped library roof. ‘Stack and cross ventilation was achieved by installing a Building Management System which controls the opening of VELFAC motorised windows, although manual opening override options also exist,' adds Nigel.
Sympathetic timber internal frame
Reflecting the surrounding forest, wood is a consistent design feature and is supported by VELFAC glazing design: 'The internal timber finish to the VELFAC system is sympathetic to the interior design concept, where ceiling soffits are lined with timber tongue and groove boarding, and where the glulam posts are also exposed internally,' explained the design team.
Ideal for education
VELFAC composite aluminum/wood glazing is ideal for use in educational buildings. The exceptionally hardwearing aluminum sash ensures the windows will last for 40 years or more, with minimal maintenance. The internal wood frame gives a warmer, natural internal feel, which enhances the learning environment. And VELFAC windows are supplied with a comprehensive 12 Year Warranty, one of the best on offer from any window manufacturer, providing peace of mind for Local Authorities and teachers alike.