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Delivery of modern bespoke roofglazing solutions at Wixams Retirement Village increases natural light and enhances wellbeing

VELUX Commercial designed, manufactured and installed a series of specialist roofglazing systems for Wixams Retirement Village in Bedford. Nicol Thomas Architects and Galliford Try were appointed by Extracare to deliver a modern facility for the over 55s, with healthy communal spaces that offer ample daylight and fresh air. 

Various glazing solutions of different sizes, shapes and pitch were designed to achieve the building and project objectives. The two large lantern rooflights in the Winter Garden and the Village Centre are 40x5m and 45x12m in size and the entrance benefits from a self-supported trapezium style canopy. 

Louvred ventilation was incorporated for smoke clearance and maximum airflow. Low ‘E’ rated glass was used in the main building, with U- and G-values to fit the specification seeking to achieve a thermally efficient solution. The internal and external paint of the frames was RAL colour matched for a visually striking finish. 

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Products used in project

3 x Specialist Structural Glazing

Specialist Structural Glazing

Stick-glazing system with aluminium profiles to create made-to-measure daylight solutions

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Village Centre: Bespoke thermally enhanced trapezium based ridgelight lantern – double glazed argon filled with PVB interlayer and electrical ventilation

Winter Garden: Bespoke vertical ended lantern ridgelight single glazed system with louvred ventilation

Entrance Canopy: Bespoke Self-supported trapezium based vertical ended ridgelight canopy system, single-glazed

Special glazing: Low emissivity outer glazing (low E glass) on the main lantern rooflight. Class 2 performance non-fragile glass in accordance with CWCT 66 and CWCT 67

Specialist Structural Glazing

Stick-glazing system with aluminium profiles to create made-to-measure daylight solutions

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Mark Jarman

Senior Project Manager at Galliford Try

VELUX Commercial has a reputation in the industry for quality and reliability, this was important to us. The process was seamless and we are very pleased with the finished elements of the project

John Petrie-Smythe

Chair of the UK Over 50s Housing Awards Secretariat

The rooflight creation at Wixams Retirement Village has elevated the living environment and happiness quotient of residents via shrewd design and craftsmanship implementation

VELUX Commercial bespoke glazing systems offer fast and seamless installation

Our bespoke glazing systems are designed and manufactured with precision to ensure efficient and speedy on-site assembly and installation. Any mechanical and electrical components are incorporated into the initial design to help streamline the on-site phase. The fragility is impact tested with accordance to CWCT 66/67 to warrant safe installation as well as future maintenance and cleaning of the roofglazing systems.

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