Skyways House is the new head office for Littlewoods
Shop Direct located at the Estuary Commerce Park, Speke.
The head office inhabits a former aircraft hangar,
Grade 2* listed, significant for the distinctive lamella space frame
vaulted construction. Running a large portion of the hangar’s
length are roof lights located centrally and to either side of the hangar.
lighting consultants were commissioned to undertake an analysis of the
sunlight penetration within the space and to make recommendations on
methods of controlling any potential glare experienced due to direct
sunlight within the office spaces.
A three-dimensional computer model was used to
study and analyse the effects of direct sunlight within the interior
of the building at the Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and both the
Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. From the generated results it was apparent
that, under clear sky conditions, direct sunlight penetrated into the
office space at all times of the year and that some method of sunlight
control would be required to ensure a visually comfortable working environment.
Various different static and motorised solar
shading options were proposed, along with their benefits and disadvantages,
enabling the project team to make an informed decision on the most appropriate
glare control method to install so as to be sympathetic with the Grade
2* listed lamella space frame construction of the original building.