Xtralite has provided a unique aluminium framed polycarbonate glazing system for the Flight Simulator Training Hall at Heathrow Airport. The Flight Simulator Training Hall is located within a Grade II listed structure which boasts an impressive architectural pedigree and a stunning arched concrete roof on canted trusses.
During the refurbishment it became apparent the existing Georgian wired and glass rooflights did not meet the thermal requirements and were leaking into the hall. The water ingress along with the thermal inequalities could have caused a major problem to the simulators due to the specific temperature range they operate within, this resulted in a total replacement.
Considerations as to what weight the roof structure could support plus the aesthetics, being housed within a Grade II listed building, were key elements that resulted in Xtralite developing a bespoke polycarbonate light weight system.
The glazing system designed by Xtralite incorporated Lumira® technology which offers excellent light transmission and diffusion for shadow less light quality. . Additional to this the system offers substantial insulation performance due to the limited heat conduction of the Lumira® translucent aerogel granules. Overall with this system a typical Ud value as low as 0.91 W/m2k can be achieved.
Customer Cambell Lean commented: "The Xtralite team worked well. The rooflight replacement was not originally part of the initial plans however the team managed to work easily into the schedule and provide a rooflight structure that fitted well providing excellent daylight and efficiency requirements.”
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