Coral Reef Waterworld

Project Information

Project: Coral Reef Waterworld, Bracknell
Client: Brymor Construction
Scope of project: Fully bespoke rooflights to suit complex design
Products: em.glaze bespoke rooflights with heat-strengthened glazing


The Challenge:

The leaking roof at Bracknell’s Coral Reef Waterworld required a complete upgrade, with consequent closure of the facility to the public. The project specified the addition of five new flumes, as well as more effective use of natural light. Whitesales was tasked with designing a rooflight specification over a 120m² area which had minimal interruption to the glazing span and was unobtrusive to pool users. The project involved a complex roof shape, provision of vertical glazing over the splash-pool area, and use of products and fixings compatible with high humidity and concentration of chlorine in the water.


The Solution:

Whitesales undertook a structural glass analysis and identified potential flaws in the roof design. This meant that the specification either needed to be changed from 10 to 15 panes or the roof pitch would need to be increased. The analysis was corroborated by an independent third party and the 15-pane solution was adopted. The profiled splash pool roof glazing was designed to be installed over structural steel with overlapping transom bars providing water channels and providing a small-pane aesthetic in accordance with the architects’ concept.

Whitesales based the proposed design on a modified version of the well-known em.glaze rooflight technology. In the main roof section, each pane measured 2m x 4m and weighed over half a tonne. Glazing was silicone-sealed with a 10mm specialist solar control toughened outer and 21.5mm laminated inner pane, heat-strengthened to eliminate risk of thermal fracture.


The Benefits:

  • Impressive natural light provision to the pool area
  • The impression of an open roof due to minimal breaks in glazing
  • Specialist glass and marine-grade powder-coating guarantee resilience in an aggressive and challenging environment
  • Complete compliance with all relevant safety legislation and building regulations


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