Lancashire college wins design award

Modular fixed Flushglaze rooflight enhances new student centre

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Ashton Sixth Form College in Lancashire was awarded Best Commercial Build at the Northern Design Awards for the design of its student centre.

The brief for the project was to create a hub for dining and socialising, while also providing a connection between the main building and existing ICT suite. To achieve this, GA Studio Architects designed an open plan layout to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Glazing Vision’s modular fixed Flushglaze rooflight system was installed to harness large amounts of natural daylight. This was situated above the stairwell leading to the mezzanine level on the north side of the building. The large glazing product sits within the void, casting daylight into an area that would typically have been shadowed, providing a view of the sky while simultaneously creating an internal flow of space between floor levels. Each individual glazed section is supported structurally by aluminium back to back angles, which complement and enhance the contemporary style of the building.

Externally, the project build is just as aesthetically pleasing, surrounded by vertical bronze aluminium fins. These fins help to cast an array of different and unusual viewpoints for those indoors, while also providing visual interest to those passing by.

While achieving its objective to improve student flow across campus, GA Studio Architects has also created a building that stands out as an architectural celebration in its own right. The range of tones and shade created by the aluminium fins, alongside the dramatic lighting via large areas of glazing, has contributed towards a building that fully deserves its award-winning title.

To find out more about how to unlock light, air and space in your project, contact Glazing Vision’s technical specification team using the details below. 

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