Shading and daylighting for learning and growing
Nonsuch High School for Girls is a grammar school for pupils aged between 11 and 19 years. Opened in May 1938 and standing in 22 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of Nonsuch Park, near Cheam in Surrey, the school specialises in science and languages. The large windows, typical of a school of this period, let in a lot of daylight and solar radiation, which in a modern education environment caused problems.
Dim the sun’s glare - but not the pupil’s enthusiasm
The school’s windows, originally designed to let in as much light as possible, now posed a problem, especially in the IT suite and library. There, solar glare on the screens and heat build-up on sunny days created an uncomfortable learning environment. The brief was for a daylighting and shading solution that allowed for comfortable screen viewing and reading, but still keep the light levels high enough to stimulate the pupils.
The Stansons Solution
Working closely with a project consultant, Stansons proposed using Armour metal-backed Vision fabric for a series or roller blinds. The woven mesh provided excellent shading but still allowed the outside parklands to be visible - and keep light levels at a stimulating level. The blinds were produced in a cool blue colour and featured a bottom bar for added durability and metal chains with chain tidies to comply with ESN 10120.
A good end of term result for everybody
Nonsuch school was able to carry out the refurbishment programme with Stansons’ help. Stansons ensured that the right product was designed and fitted within the school’s budgets and time scales. The school was pleased to award Stansons 10/10.