Client: New Struan School
Architect: Aitken Turnbull Architecture
Contractor: Marshall Construction
Installer: Insutech Scotland Ltd
Type of works: supply of 168 VITRAL Inspiration stainless-steel framed panels, including 34 fully-integrated opening panels. 74m in length and spanning 3.2m, the dual-pitch self-supporting rooflights have a 45º pitch.
New Struan School, in Alloa, is a state-of-the-art Centre for Autism. The building is purpose built to enable children with ASD, having more complex and intensive support needs, to achieve their maximum potential.
The brief was to create a natural light and airy central space, with simple, elegant and clean lines. The VITRAL roof glazing system satisfied this brief.
J. Andrew Lester from Aitken Turnbull said: We looked at several roof glazing systems. The VITRAL system stood out from its competitors. Offering clean lines, the unique system has integrated opening panels without the need for additional frames. It also required no additional supporting structure.
Jim Taylor, Director of Education at the New Struan School, stated: The glass atrium, which runs the length of the school, induces an immediate sense of well-being. This enables a clear view of the whole school, thereby promoting order, clarity and independent movement for young people with autism who have spatial and sensory difficulties.