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Monodraught supports natural ventilation and lighting strategy for Barrow-in-Furness police station

Monodraught supports natural ventilation and lighting strategy for Barrow-in-Furness police station

Sector: Public Sector

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Products installed:

  • 18 N° 530 SUNPIPE systems and 9 N° 300 Sunpipe systems
  • 4 N° WINDCATCHER Classic systems

A new state of the art police station was recently opened in Barrow-in-Furness.  The new station became operational in October 2015 and was successfully shortlisted as a finalist in the Commercial Build Section of the Northern Design Awards for 2015.

Barrow-in-Furness is a town which has been built on iron and steel production, ship building and maritime industries. The building celebrates both Barrow’s history and its 21st century capabilities with a contemporary design that has clear maritime influences.

Central to the building is an atrium which allows the building to be naturally ventilated and lit. It varies along its length with the wider areas forming informal meeting and seating areas. The three storey atrium helps to create a building that is light, airy, spacious and enjoyable to work in.

The building is north facing and ventilation to the offices and atrium space is provided by Monodraught’s natural ventilation system. There are a series of Windcatchers at roof level and in addition, there are automatically controlled opening windows.  This helps ensure air flow and temperature is controlled throughout the year.

Monodraught supplied 18 N° 530 Sunpipe systems and 9 N° 300 Sunpipe systems to provide a natural lighting solution for the new building, in particular the custody cells.  The SUNPIPE natural daylight system directs sunlight into a room from roof level. 

Monodraught Sunpipes are:

  • Cost effective – energy costs can be saved as the need for electric lighting during daytime hours is minimised by as much as 75%.
  • Healthier – studies have shown that people work better under a natural daylight environment and natural daylight is known to combat the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  • Sustainable energy in action – not only can Sunpipe systems reduce energy usage it also leads to a considerable reduction in CO² emissions.

The Windcatcher Classic is an energy free natural ventilation system encompassing the benefits of both top-down and passive stack ventilation. The system consists of an external louvre bank protected internally by an anti-bird mesh and internally divided. The simple, but effective design of the system provides fresh air during the daytime as well as night-time cooling.

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