Client: The JCB Academy
Type of works: Supply of Verti-Kal Kalwall translucent systems
Kalwall translucent systems do not always need to have standard, rectangular grids. Providing the area is large enough, variations of size, shape and layout are possible. A recent example is installed at the JCB Academy near Uttoxeter where a new sports hall is lit with Verti-Kal featuring a 'brick-bond' vertical variation of the diffused daylighting system. This can also be used horizontally.
The JCB Academy is the first of a brand new type of school, focused on delivering high quality engineering and business education. Architects Lacey Hickey Caley were responsible for the conversion and development of this former Arkwright Cotton Mill, turning it into a new state-of-the-art Academy School.
Kalwall is the unique system of diffusing natural daylight through walls or roofs. The 'museum-quality' natural light is ideal for sports halls because it eliminates stark contrasts of light and shadow and creates ideal playing surface.
Even on cloudy days, the calming and attractive daylight floods the interior and overcomes any need for curtains or blinds. Importantly, because the system is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced. U values as low as 0.28W/m2K, equivalent to a solid wall or opaque roof, can be achieved by including translucent Lumira aerogel within the panels.