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Rooflight solutions for state-of-the-art school

Overview

Sunsquare was delighted to be involved from the outset with the development of a prestigious new secondary school in Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. With a tight schedule of two years from concept to completion, the project was to prove a considerable challenge.

The Sybil Andrews Academy would initially be divided into three key buildings: Heart Building, Teaching Block 1 and the Sports Building – all of which would be capable of initially supporting 900 students, with the ability to expand to accommodate 1,400 pupils and a sixth form by 2031.

Sunsquare worked closely with the project’s architects, Concertus in implementing the design of the rooflights and the installation – in collaboration with Barnes Construction – that delivered stunning results for the school.

In total, the Heart Building houses 31 Sunsquare rooflights, including our SkyView, SkyView Multi Pane and Aero Access products.

Given the vast areas of glass, the architect set a target g-value i.e. the measure of solar energy transmittance of glass of 0.33 to ensure that the building did not overheat in the summer months. As a result, we incorporated SN70 solar control in the glass specification, which also featured a laminated inner pane for reduced interior fading and heightened safety and security.

The second phase of this project was centred on the Sports Building, which also features four of our SkyView Multi Pane rooflights, delivering an abundance of natural light into the sports facilities below.

Andy Prestoe, principal, Sybil Andrews Academy, said: “This new school is an incredible achievement in designing and building a new 21st century educational and sports facility from a standing start and all within two years; a real credit to all those involved and to the collaborative ‘will do’ approach taken by the designers and contractors alike.

“The pupils are in awe and this is just a different world to the one they have been used to and they’re extremely excited about it; and rightly so, they are very lucky children.”

The Sybil Andrews Academy is one of a number of schools that Sunsquare is proud to have worked with, installing its high-specification rooflights and transforming classroom environments with natural daylight. If your school requires a new daylighting system, discover how Sunsquare can assist here.

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