Glazing Vision’s 3 wall box rooflight was key to unlocking the spectacular views from the apartment in the converted water tower of former Lancaster Moor Hospital, a development which was shortlisted for the LABC NW Building Excellence Awards 2016.
The conversion of the stone water tower, located above the imposing main entrance, presented a number of structural challenges. There was a narrow spiral staircase leading up to two rooms at the top, and positioned high in the tower was a water tank containing ¼ million gallons of water. Before any construction work could take place these obstacles had to be carefully removed, ensuring no damage was caused to the fabric of the building.
A roof terrace was an integral element of the design of the planned water tower luxury apartment. This was crucial to capitalize on the panoramic views of the Fells of Bowland and Morecambe Bay, whilst also providing a generous amount of outdoor living space. However the existing roof was deemed to be too high to offer safe barrier height for the intended roof terrace, in relation to the parapet walls. Glazing Vision’s innovative box rooflight was specified as it offers the right head height and removed the requirement for installing a balustrade around the opening.
The building also needed to remain watertight as construction work progressed to the roof top phase. The solution was to build a new roof under the old one. Once an aperture for the box rooflight was created, the old roof was removed. This then allowed for the smooth installation of the glass box rooflight.
The rooflight was fixed onto 3 walls and as such was enclosed within the existing fabric. No additional balustrading was required and the minimal structural framework of the box rooflight, supplied in a timeless powder-coated grey, guaranteed full use of the sizeable roof terrace and a seamless integration of the exterior and the interior.
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