Bespoke Site survey lightens load at Derbyshire school

William Gilbert School, Belper, Derbyshire


A primary school refurbishment in rural Derbyshire is the latest in a range of education sector projects undertaken by leading rooflight manufacturer Xtralite.

This was achieved by the Xtralite Area Manager working in partnership with the project team from Lakes Buildbase and John Leys Roofing by carrying out a full site survey to ensure appropriate products were specified and the building was renovated sympathetically.

"For us, conducting a site survey is an integral part of the specification and costing of a project, and is particularly important due to the range of standard and bespoke rooflight solutions that we offer," said Jim Lowther Sales Director for Xtralite. "Our knowledge and expertise allows us to fully appreciate the constraints of the existing building and roof structure and provide realistic solutions to ensure the integrity of the building is retained and light penetration maximised. On this occasion, the site survey meant that we were able to amend the original proposal which we had been asked to tender on by specifying a bespoke rooflight solution and to deliver cost saving benefits for the customer as well as positively enhancing the building."

"On occasions, it is possible to provide costs and product specifications without a site visit. However our expertise and knowledge can often unlock other solutions and recommendations that are more appropriate and, in turn, deliver cost and/or energy saving benefits," said Jim. "As manufacturers and suppliers of rooflights for domestic and commercial applications we are well placed to offer legislative and building advice across all elements of the rooflight and structural glazing sector."

The X-Two range was developed to offer increased flexibility but also address requirements for increased sustainability and building performance. Additional features include a choice of glazing from polycarbonate to glass, or a combination of both, to meet specific glazing performances such as U and G values, sound proofing and impact resistance.

William Gilbert School in Belper, underwent a partial refurbishment which included the renovation of the roof area as part of a project to upgrade facilities and the study environment at the school. But first an extensive site survey was carried out.

Three products from the Xtralite X-Two range were specified for the project to deliver the flexibility required to manage differing kerb heights and insulation thicknesses present at the school. This can prove problematic during the rooflight installation process. The X-Two ventilation system ensured that down draughts and condensation were kept to a minimum.

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