Alternative Provision Academy adopts Coxdome enlightenment

One of the first Alternative Provision Academies to be opened anywhere in the country, set up to offer youngsters with a variety of issues fresh education opportunities not available to them through mainstream schools, has undertaken substantial refurbishment work featuring the installation of rooflights and barrel vaults from Jet Cox.

The project at the Links AP Academy in St Albans, Hertfordshire, which was successfully completed earlier this year by York based T.A. Roofing, involved the removal of leaking and thermally inefficient existing glass rooflights from toilet blocks: replacing them with triple skin polycarbonate units from the Coxdome Trade Range. Several of these rooflights featured either trickle ventilation or Vent Axia extract ventilation units. Then teaching and circulation areas to the school benefitted from the installation of triple skin Jet Cox Barrel Vaults up to 10 metres in length; admitting ample natural daylight to encourage a feeling of well-being as well as cutting down on electricity usage. In total there were seven Barrel Vaults installed, all 860 mm wide. The first of these was 6565 mm long, while there were four at 8210 mm long, with the final pair reaching 9850 mm in length.

The 23 Trade Range Rooflights, meanwhile, included 15 which were 700 mm square, with a further eight measuring 700 x 1500 mm. The Jet Cox Barrel Vault, from their recently expanded bespoke range, is a self-supporting structure, which can span up to seven metres and is custom made using polyester powder coated, aluminium components, while the glazing options range from four-wall, multiwall polycarbonate to quadruple skin solid polycarbonate. They are supplied as a kit of parts for ready assembly on site, while the relatively low loads imposed ensure existing roof structures do not require strengthening.

Coxdome further offers a choice of upstands or kerbs manufactured in impact resistant U-PVC to simplify installation for roofers and general builders; while they also contribute to improved thermal performance. In this case, higher than normal upstands were created to allow for future over-laying of the existing felt water-proofing with a new system incorporating an additional thickness of insulation.

A spokesperson for Jet Cox commented:

“This was a substantial contract carried out on behalf of Euro Windows Limited by our customer, T. A. Roofing, which has made a significant difference to the energy performance and amenity of the Links Alternative Provision Academy. The new rooflights and barrel vaults offer attractive, slim sight-lines and much improved light transmittance compared to the original ones. The energy performance of our triple skin polycarbonate glazing will also help radically reduce heat loss. This has been a very successful installation.”