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Xtralite rooflight solutions bring natural light to Abbey Hill Academy

Xtralite rooflight solutions bring natural light to Abbey Hill Academy

Xtralite has provided The Abbey Hill Academy with a state-of-the-art rooflight canopy in a set of continuing upgrades to the Academy’s 1970s building.

The Academy, in Stockton-on-Tees, is an educational establishment for students aged 11-16 with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Since the Horizons Specialist Academy Trust became custodians of the school in 2013 refurbishments have been taking place to restore the 1970’s building.

Heating, hot water upgrades and a new roof were also replaced and upgraded to enhance both the function and exterior aesthetics of the building.

The unusual shape of the building meant that the upgraded rooflights allowed a greater degree of light into the body of the school enhancing both the practical elements and also pupil and staff wellbeing due to the increased availability of natural light.

“The rooflight canopy had definitely seen better days and was no longer fit for purpose having been exposed to the elements for so many years,” said Jim Lowther Sales Director Xtralite. “We were able to specify the latest rooflight technologies to replace the existing ones to ensure a quality restoration was undertaken.”

Four 20m x 2.2m, one 9 x 2.2m and other elements were all fitted from the X-Span range of products, a thermally enhanced self-supporting rooflight. All were double glazed with a toughened outer and laminated internal glass.

“Glass is a good choice for atria, canopies and walkways and in this situation allowed the almost exact replacement of product albeit by those that are far superior,” said Jim. “Furthermore X-Span complies with BS6399 system Part 1 (Code of Practice for dead and imposed loads), Part 2 (Code of Practice for wind loads) and Part 3 (Code of Practice for imposed/snow loads) delivering a premium solution of aesthetics and practicality.”

Further information can be found by visiting www.xtralite.co.uk or by calling 01670 354 157.

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