Cowes Enterprise College

Project Information

Project: Cowes Enterprise College, Isle of Wight
Client: Isle of Wight Council - Cowes One School
Scope of project: £32m new build involving large areas of green roofs and roof glazing
Products: Em-Glaze Continuous glass and polycarbonate rooflights Em-Dome modular polycarbonate rooflights - Roof membrane: Bitumen 3 layer system


The Challenge:

Cowes Enterprise College is an impressive, £32 million new development with a multitude of attractive community facilities. With the key aim to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, the College has been designed as a landmark building, replacing the preceding High School. Central to the building’s design is the flat roof, which is modular in construction and includes large areas of roof glazing to optimise natural daylight and ventilation. In addition there will be a living green roof and a biomass plant, providing low cost and energy efficient heating and hot water.


The Solution:

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Specialist rooflight supplier Whitesales worked closely alongside JM Architects and roofing installer John Nicholson Ltd to provide a complete design, manufacture and installation package of rooflights, featuring products from the Em-Glaze glass monopitch and Em-Dome modular polycarbonate ranges. Whitesales’ highly detailed specification ensured that all the legal requirements for thermal transmission, impact resistance and ventilation were met in order to hit the target BREEAM Excellent rating. The experienced team also advised on waterproofing membranes and upstands and carried out site surveys to confirm dimensions, to ensure a seamless specification and installation process


The Benefits:

  • Excellent thermal efficiency
  • Optimised natural daylight throughout
  • Reduced safety risk for persons on the roof
  • Aesthetically pleasing finish
  • Industry-leading quality guaranteed rooflights which will stay watertight for years to come

Project Testimonial:

"Whitesales exceeded expectations by providing advice on current legislation and design criteria, outstanding customer service and responsiveness. When the project started the Whitesalesteam reacted immediately to bring the vision to life, ensuring that by selecting the Em-Glaze rooflights, Cowes Enterprise College could achieve BREEAM Excellent rating. The follow-up and detail has been superior. Understanding of the goals and concepts was demonstrated time and time again."


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