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Optimised levels of natural light and ventilation have transformed a Grade II Listed Building into a highly productive learning space

The main challenge for Newcastle-based Xsite Architecture was to refurbish the Hawthorne building so that it created a space where students wanted to congregate in the communal areas beneath, yet still satisfied Listed Buildings’ requirements and maintained the feel of the industrial heritage of the site.

A key requirement was high levels of natural light and ventilation and the architects took their lead from the mounting body of research that shows how these elements can increase learning capacity.

Xsite Architecture specified VELUX modular skylights because they:

  • liked the aesthetics of the slim frames and superior sightlines
  • have a tighter in-plane profile, meaning less outward projection from the roof, creating a slimmer aesthetic and an ability to sit flush with the roof on the listed building;
  • are fully pre-fabricated offsite, reducing installation times by as much as a third compared to traditional skylights

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Products used in project

3 x Longlight

Longlight 5-30°

A mono-pitched solution ideal for flat roofs

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4 x Ridgelight 25-40°

Ridgelight 25-40°

A dual pitched rooflight for installation on a flat roof or at a roof apex.

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1 x Wall-mounted Longlight

Wall-mounted Longlight 5-45°

A rooflight series used to connect different building heights with a flat roof as the base and a vertical wall at the top.

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4 x Northlight 25-90°

Northlight 25-90°

A rooflight series for sloped, shed or saw tooth roofs.

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Quantity of modules: 71

All the skylights at UTC were supplied by VELUX with factory fitted grey blinds to control glare.

Longlight 5-30°

A mono-pitched solution ideal for flat roofs

Illustration of Longlight solution Read more

Ridgelight 25-40°

A dual pitched rooflight for installation on a flat roof or at a roof apex.

Illustration of Ridgelight solution Read more

Wall-mounted Longlight 5-45°

A rooflight series used to connect different building heights with a flat roof as the base and a vertical wall at the top.

Illustration of Wall-mounted Longlight solution Read more

Northlight 25-90°

A rooflight series for sloped, shed or saw tooth roofs.

Illustration of Northlight solution Read more

Gary Moss

Project Manager at Galliford Try

We were impressed with how the modular design of the rooflights resulted in a very fast and efficient installation.

Jonny Flavin

Xsite Architecture

The VELUX rooflights demonstrated in an elegant way how natural light can transform what would otherwise be an artificially lit space into a highly productive work and communal area.

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