VELUX helps delay dementia by boosting light levels

  • 28 Jun 2018

VELUX has been working hard to delay the onset of dementia in Newcastle at Tree Top retirement village by boosting levels of natural light and ventilation with its VELUX Modular Skylights.

The one-of-a-kind village, managed by Your Homes Newcastle, has had its levels of daylight significantly increased with a central four-storey atrium with a row of 60 VELUX ridgelights and 10 longlights, which according to recent research has beneficial effects on the well-being and recovery rate of patients.

Screen Shot 2018-06-26 at 16.21.22The design was influenced by Dr. Hans Becker, a leading expert in the retirement industry, who believes the atrium and rooflights play a large part in creating the crucial ‘contemporary hotel-feel’, encouraging residents to actively engage and participate and ensuring each apartment overlooks the main thoroughfare, reinforcing the community feel.

The VELUX Modular Skylights team worked with Wates Construction to value engineer the original curtain walling design envisaged for the rooflights. VELUX presented the benefits of its self-supporting ridgelights for the central atrium, which comprised two rows of skylights that add natural light, ventilation and openness to the areas below.

Due to the parallel lines of the ridgelights that run along the orientation of the central atrium and lack of steel sub frame, VELUX offered great aeshetics and a more cost-effective solution.

The project utilised the following:

Ridgelight
43no. W = 1000 x H = 2000mm fixed
17no. W = 1000 x H = 2000mm smoke vents

The VELUX ridgelight are suitable for configurations with a pitch of 25-40°

Stepped wall mounted longlights
5no. W = 1000 x H = 1800mm fixed
5no. W = 1000 x H = 1800mm smoke vents

VELUX Longlights are suitable for configurations with a pitch of between 5° and 40° and can be mounted against a vertical wall, enabling the village to strategically maximise daylight in all areas of the facility.

VELUX also offers great time and cost savings as its ridgelights and longlights are prefabricated off-site in a factory controlled environment to ensure a perfect fit and easy installation process.

All of the properties at Tree Top achieve Lifetime Homes standards, allowing them to be more easily adapted to meet residents’ needs as their circumstances change and they grow older. The Phase One development achieved BREEAM ‘Very Good’ accreditation, whilst the Phase Two scheme meets the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.

Contact:

Velux Co Ltd
Woodside Way
Glenrothes East
Fife
KY7 4ND

Phone: 01592 778927
Fax: 01592 771839

Visit the VELUX website

Follow VELUX on Twitter

Leave a Reply

More articles

GGF

GGF set to raise profile of fire resistant glazing

This year’s FIREX International returns to ExCeL London on 18 – 20 June, with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) set to be at the heart of it all.

Posted in Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Exhibitions and Conferences, Glass, Glazing, Posts, Seminars

Nortech

Norpass3 access control software provides high degree of safety

Nortech’s Norpass3 provides access control at all access points to gyms, fitness studios, health clubs and more, ensuring only authorised members and staff can enter the premises.

Posted in Access Control & Door Entry Systems, Articles, Building Industry News, Health & Safety, Information Technology, Posts, Security and Fire Protection

Prater

Prater to deliver extensive scope of works on bespoke care facility

Leading specialist building envelope contractor Prater will provide an extensive facade package for a new extra-care facility on Dovehouse Street, Chelsea.

Posted in Aluminium Products, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Case Studies, Doors, Facades, Posts, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls, Windows

Who needs LST radiators?

Contour Heating Products Ltd discusses who really needs an LST radiator installed in their space.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Health & Safety, Heating Systems, Controls and Management, Posts