Elm Ward is a brand new facility specifically designed and built to accommodate up to 15 residents. Some parts of the building identified as being potentially dark so Solarspot daylight systems were specified to remedy these areas with some much needed natural light.
Due to the very specific needs of the residents, the Solarspot systems had to meet a number of requirements. Firstly, the diffuser needed to be resistant to impact from below. In order to do this, the diffuser lens was made from double sheet of clear polycarbonate with a frosted sheet laminated in the middle to diffuse the light. It also had to sit flush in the ceiling so that there were no ligature points, making the fitting a serious challenge for the installers.
The diffuser units had to be fitted before the ceiling was installed so everything had to be perfect as once the final plastering was completed there would be no opportunity to adjust or gain access to them. This meant that they had to be suspended in the correct position without the aid of any supports or the ceiling grid.