When refurbishing and extending some existing buildings comprising of an Old Victorian School, a range of late 18th Century barns and a medieval farmhouse to form the Steiner Academy in Hereford, architect John Renshaw required a rooflight specification which elegantly combined older historical features with the contemporary need for thermal efficiency.
A planning officer was involved throughout the four year project, from the start of the design development work to completion. The length of the project resulted from previous development control issues relating to the expansion of the school and resulted in more than five separate planning applications being required.
The use of Conservation Rooflights® was presented to the planning authority and the local interest groups as part of the sensitive and high quality approach to enhancing the character of the existing buildings and providing a development which would complement the adjoining Norman church and rural village environment.
“We have been using the Conservation Rooflight® for almost twenty years as it perfectly combines the key aesthetic features of a traditional rooflight whilst adhering to modern building regulations.
Due to the limited space available on this project it was essential to maximise natural light and ventilation to meet the Academy’s rigorous environmental requirements. We are happy with the completed project and believe it to be a unique development interms of its overall environmental sustainability.”
John Renshaw, John Renshaw Architects, Edinburgh.
The architect partnered with Contractors Speller Metcalfe Ltd to deliver this project. Sean McDermot, Project Manager, commented:
“From initial point of contact through to the installed product I found the Rooflight Company to be a pro-active, professional and forward thinking company, whose approach to customer service is second to none.”
A total of twenty eight Conservation Rooflights® of various sizes were specified on this project, all manual opening.