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National Performance Centre

National Performance Centre Brett Martin Daylight Systems has supplied a comprehensive range of rooflight solutions to the stunning new £33 million Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, creating a light and airy environment which offers exceptional thermal comfort for athletes.

Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects and built by Bowmer & Kirkland, the centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus features a full-size indoor synthetic football pitch, two sports halls and other facilities. The design of the secondary sports hall required a roof which allowed sufficient light and ventilation into the building. This technically proficient building features a spectacular and unique curved roof, incorporating a combination of rooflight systems from Brett Martin Daylight Systems that maximised daylight, limited heat gain as well as offering the most cost-effective solution.

The products chosen were not only economic, reliable and easy to install by specialist contractor Keyclad, but using a combination of 19 x Ritchlight mono pitched rooflights and 120 x Xlok Ultra panel glazing systems, vented and unvented, ensured the differing aesthetic and performance requirements were met.

Ritchlight Mono Glass (vented) was used in the low roof areas where good acoustic properties needed to be coupled with natural ventilation and impressive aesthetics. Ritchlight Mono Polycarbonate (vented) and Xlok Ultra were used in combination on the higher level roof where the same high levels of natural ventilation were required, but with more of an emphasis on budget due to the large areas of glazing. This combination also offered the simplest and quickest installation phase by using the very quick-to-fit Xlok Ultra for the rooflight areas that didn’t need to be ventilated.  

Highly versatile, Brett Martin’s Ritchlight mono and dual pitched skylights can be produced in any run length so the design opportunities are endless. Ritchlight mono and dual pitched skylights offer a wide range of glazing options and U-values as low as 1.1 W/m2K, far exceeding the thermal requirements of Part L of The Building Regulations.

A good example of multiple solutions from one manufacturer, the Oriam project is testament to using a reputable manufacturer which offers far more than the quality of the product itself. Brett Martin not only designs a wide range of systems to deliver optimum performance, durability, safety and regulation standards – it also provides superior technical support, detailed installation instructions and maintenance guidelines to ensure systems perform as promised, and work alongside all other roofing elements

With the specification and installation of Ritchlight and Xlok skylights optimising natural daylight and ventilation in this stunning sports centre, Brett Martin has played its part in the creation of an aesthetically pleasing, healthy and manageable facility. The Oriam won Building Project of the year (£10-50 million category) at the 2017 British Construction Industry Awards and will be of long-term benefit to Scotland’s sporting future.


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