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Modular skylights specified at Romo HQ

Velux flat roof window system brings natural light to the Maber-designed office and warehouse space of the Nottinghamshire fabrics company

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Light fantastic: Velux Modular Skylights in the atrium at Romo in Nottinghamshire.
Light fantastic: Velux Modular Skylights in the atrium at Romo in Nottinghamshire.

The Velux Modular Skylight system has been installed in a new combined office and warehousing space for third-generation fabric design company, Romo.

Velux Commercial worked with Maber architects, construction management company Planning Manager and manufacturer Roofglaze on the project.

Romo wanted to make the most of natural light and create a space that everyone in its organisation would enjoy working in. In all, 348 modules of the Velux Modular Skylight system were specified and installed across the building. This included a Ridgelight at 5° with beams solution to accentuate the entrances of the atrium and offer a glimpse of the internal space and Velux Northlights in the office and design studios to provide soft, reflective lighting.

  • The atrium is mainly glazed, accentuating the entrances.
    The atrium is mainly glazed, accentuating the entrances.

The Velux Modular Skylight system enabled architects Maber to specify a prefabricated system with value added accessories to fit the specific structural requirements of the site.

'We wanted to achieve the most light we could get in the space, within a structural frame that has very large spans,' explains Maber associate director Leo Ward. 'The primary span of Velux Modular Skylights is around six metres and there are few systems, if any, that can achieve those spans with such a light structure. The speed that they could go in at and the integration with items such as blinds and opening systems also made it an appealing system to specify.'

The architects briefed the Velux Commercial designers with the the parameters of the overall structural openings of the skylights, and the preliminary design drawings were created. This allowed Maber to analyse all the interfaces of the skylights with the other building systems around its perimeter. BIM models that went inside Maber's 3D BIM model were also supplied. 'That was a particularly important tool on the project,' says Ward, 'and gave the client an appreciation of what they were getting.'

By drawing on natural light and tailoring the skylight system to suit the operations of the site, including venting modules and factory-fitted blinds, Velux Modular Skylights helped create a bright and innovative space for Romo's office workers and warehouse operatives.

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  • The building combines warehouse and office space, previously on different sites.
    The building combines warehouse and office space, previously on different sites.

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