Client: Bordeaux Quay
Architect: White Design Associates
Installer: Elliots Premier Roofing Ltd
Type of works: supply of VITRAL Inspiration stainless-steel frames with toughened Pilkington Suncool High Performance Brilliant 50/25 glass. With an average U-value of 1.59W/m²K the three-tier double-pitch rooflight is 9m in length, has a 9.2m span and includes fully-integrated comfort vents.
The brief was to take an existing industrial unit on Bristol's Harbour side and transform it into a large organic food establishment where sustainability is key. Previously a nightclub, the building was stripped back to its shell and completely redesigned to bring a breath of fresh air to this noble and historic part of the city. The whole of the south elevation was glazed to make the most of waterfront views and to maximise passive solar gain. With an exceptional U-value, the large VITRAL rooflight draws daylight into the building and provides natural comfort cooling for the scheme.
The natural ventilation strategy is controlled by a building management system, including the regulating of integrated VITRAL vents which become virtually invisible when closed.
Manager at the Bordeaux Quay, Lucy Timmins, said: Our rooflights provide a light and airy atmosphere that permeates the whole building and augments the comfort of the environment for both customers and staff.
Scott Hills from White Design commented: VITRAL was selected due to the slender frames and opening panels of the rooflights, which were positioned on the central ridge to allow natural daylight to flood into the atrium space. The vertical light source from the roof meets the south-facing source and joins to provide the entire building with natural daylight.