Two new timber buildings at Ockendon Academy have seen use of 53 Fakro Electro roof windows with blinds. 16 were installed in the 7-classroom English block while 37 were used on the larger Ockendon Studio School, a self-contained 6th form facility for year 12 and 13 students. Cabinco, which specialises in eco building and the construction of sustainable school buildings in particular, was the main contractor for both projects.
Designs focused heavily on the provision of large, open plan teaching areas. As a result, it was particularly important to maximise availability of natural light and with both buildings having low pitch roofs the roof windows play a crucial role.
Simon Lawrence, Director of Cabinco, explained their reasons for using FAKRO windows. Selection was based on a number of factors in addition to local availability. We had specific technical issues to address including a requirement for wall operated electrical operation throughout. We received the support of FAKROs technical team to produce flashing details specific to the roof construction. Based on past dealings, we were already aware that the windows were of a high quality and had confidence that such requirements would be met without difficulty.