Everlite Concept's Danpalon® system was selected for the award winning Enterprise South Liverpool Academy. Designed by BDP architects, the academy has been awarded the RIBA North West prize for its architectural excellence. The design of the building combined with the orientation, allows maximum natural daylight into the building while minimising solar heat gain.
To achieve these requirements, energy efficiency studies were carried out by Everlite Concept to provide the most suitable combination for the building. A double skin of Danpalon® Ice was suggested offering a light transition of 26% providing a perfectly balanced light and good insulation, ideal for the comfort of the students. BDP project director Sue Emms said "The Danpalon provides a beautiful quality of light whilst providing the robustness we required both internally and externally.
Danpalon® is a unique connectable system combining microcells with a high-security double notching offering the very best air and water tightness and proving the robustness required for both internal and external translucent wall applications. At night, the translucency of the material reveals a new face of the school, Michael Cambden from BDP explains, and the ice colour for its light transmission capacity that creates a luminous, clear and white atmosphere inside the sports room. Its finish and its neutral colour work very well with the aluminium while contrasting with the sound base created by the black bricks.
The Academy and BDP took away the additional awards of Client of the Year and Architect of the Year for their inspirational school design.
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