AIRC, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire

Infiniti Bespoke Fin Solar Shading System

Levolux designed, supplied and installed customised a fabric-lined solar shading fin system together with plant screening solutions at the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire

Levolux strives to provide value to its clients by solving technical problems, developing commercial solutions and managing technical risks. Levolux was provided with the opportunity to demonstrate its value here – developing a bespoke solar shading solution that fulfils a challenging brief from the client.

Product Features


Microperforated fabric fin


Thermally broken connection to curtain walling



Infiniti Bespoke Fins


Ligniti Ventilation Louvres

example of fabric lined fins at airc
solar shading system at airc, cranfield university
airc close up of fabric lined fins

The distinctive external solar shading solution at the AIRC created by Levolux comprised 30 engineered fin-shaped frames. Each frame, 1400mm high and 91mm wide, was wrapped in a dark grey solar control micro-perforated fabric that acts as an effective thermal shield.

The fabric-covered fins were fixed back to the curtain walling system using the Levolux Triniti bracket at a pitch of 2500mm, providing the requisite balance of light transmission and solar shading. The use of the Triniti thermally-broken bracket reduces the risk of cold bridging – an important consideration when tying systems back to the curtain walling system.

On the south elevation at the AIRC, Levolux’s Ligniti ventilation louvre systems were installed to provide a plant room screening solution. Four louvred plant screens each measured 6.5m wide by 3.6m high and included concealed louvred doors for access. The ‘S’-shaped louvre profile, set at a pitch of 75mm, ensured that plant and equipment were obscured by the screen and could operate efficiently in a ventilated enclosure.



CPMG Architects


Bedfordshire, UK