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Modular skylights have been installed at Wicklow Hospice in Ireland providing ventilation, thermal comfort and natural light to all building users

140 modules of VELUX Longlights, VELUX Wall-mounted Longlights and VELUX Northlights, have been installed at Wicklow Hospice at Magheramore, Ireland. The Hospice, which opened in January 2020, accommodates 15 in-patient bedrooms, treatment rooms, café, shop and an oratory, plus management and office suites.

VELUX Modular Skylights were identified by Martin Noone Architects as providing the most appropriate rooflight system for the Wicklow Hospice project, one which would maximise natural daylight, and create an ambience conducive to the well-being of those people living and working there. The ease with which the operable skylights could be opened and closed by both patients and staff to ensure that spaces were well-ventilated and thermally comfortable was a key consideration in the design. VELUX Commercial worked closely with the architect to configure the VELUX skylights to provide a tailored solution for the hospice.

  • In each of the patient bedrooms, an individual comfort-venting VELUX Longlight was installed in the roof above the bathroom to provide diffused light and sky views
  • All of the VELUX Modular Skylights for Wicklow were manufactured from triple glazing to reduce the effects of solar glare and heat gain.
  • The VELUX INTEGRA® control system was installed where localised control was required, and smoke-venting modules were incorporated, where necessary, to fulfil the requirements of the Fire Strategy

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Products used in project

8 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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14 x Northlight

Northlight 25-90°

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

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61 x Longlight

Longlight 5-30°

A mono-pitched solution ideal for flat roofs

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Quantity of modules: 140

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

Longlight 5-30°

A mono-pitched solution ideal for flat roofs

Illustration of Longlight solution Read more

Jon Keavney

Elliot Building & Civil Engineering Ltd

The VELUX Modular Skylights had proven to be easy to install, thus contributing to a cost-effective delivery of the project.

Jon Keavney

Elliot Building & Civil Engineering Ltd

It had been crucial for the project at Wicklow that the VELUX smoke venting skylight modules provided smoke ventilation in accordance with EN 12101-2.

Saving time and money when installing prefabricated modular skylights

On the Wicklow Hospice project, where financial constraints meant that timing and scheduling were critical, the installation of the VELUX Modular Skylights needed to be done in a timely and cost-efficient way.

All of the upstands were installed within a couple of days, and once the weatherproofing specialist had affixed the membranes, C&I Carpentry quickly installed the skylights. Paddy Lyng from C&I Carpentry believes that the VELUX Modular Skylight system is a “real time-saver” – a single unit taking only around 30 minutes to fit and fix onto the upstand.

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