Eastleigh College, Hampshire
Levolux was employed to design, supply and install its Infiniti solar shading system and Ligniti perforated panel solution at a teaching block and Advanced Technology Block within the Eastleigh College campus in Hampshire.
For the south-facing elevation of the main teaching block, Levolux was invited to design, supply and install a solar shading solution that would reduce solar heat gain and maintain a comfortable environment for teachers and pupils. In doing so, it would be possible to reduce the air conditioning load.
Perforated aluminium fins
Polyester powder coated
Uniquely patterned panels
Infiniti Bespoke Fins
Ligniti Perforated Panels
The external solar shading solution designed by Levolux specifically for Eastleigh College featured light green Infiniti aluminium bespoke fins, installed vertically. The 6.2m high by 550mm wide fins comprised two fabricated fins stacked one above the other and were set at a pitch of 900mm.
The fins were formed from aluminium sheet, perforated with circular holes to create a 50% open surface area. The sheet was gently curved to create an ‘aerofoil’ shape, attaching to extruded aluminium nosings at the front and rear. Horizontal stiffening ribs were incorporated at 1m centres to maintain the aerofoil profile of the finished fins.
Levolux engineered brackets to the fins to be set at an angle of 22 degrees, facing slightly to the east to provide effective shading, particularly during the mornings, while allowing plenty of natural daylight to filter through into the building.
Levolux also provided a copper-coloured screening solution for the east-facing elevation of the Advanced Technology Block at Eastleigh College.
Levolux provided Ligniti perforated panels, each measuring 3.8m high by 1.4m wide, to screen the full height glazing at first floor level.
All panels were of the same dimensions, but with different patterns of perforations to achieve the desired aesthetic.