The Oaksmere Hotel, Suffolk

The Oaksmere Hotel recently underwent a renovation for which they requested the assistance of Roofglaze in the design, supply and installation of various bespoke glazing solutions.

Situated in the historic county of Suffolk, the Oaksmere Hotel is renowned for its picturesque views and exceptional service. The design focus of this project was heavily influenced by the aim of maintaining these outstanding qualities for the hotel.

The Oaksmere hotel, Suffolk
The Oaksmere hotel, Suffolk (Ridgelight in restaurant)

Due to the project parameters which were specified by the Oaksmere it became apparent that a Solis Glazing System would be the best fit for their needs. The decision to use this system can be attributed to the improved design flexibility which Solis offers over other glazing systems, throughout a multitude of different product variants.

Some of the associated benefits of a Solis Glazing System include:

  • U-values and G-values to suit individual project requirements
  • Extruded aluminium framework with an integrated water management system
  • Self-supporting systems up to 8 metre spans (depending on specification)
  • Provides a more cost-effective solution to your glazing needs

The first rooflight solution provided by Roofglaze was a bespoke Solis Ridgelight that further illuminates the main entrance of the Oaksmere, further enhancing the first impression of new guests. Roofglaze designed this Ridgelight to fit the required specifications given, which involved; a span of 2,500mm and a length of 12,000mm.

The glazing installed has a thickness of 32mm, which offers a centre-pane U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, ensuring that a comfortable environment is created for guests. This Ridgelight is set at a 25o angle to effectively full its purpose of harnessing the maximum amount of natural light into the building.

The Oaksmere Hotel, Suffolk
The Oaksmere Hotel, Suffolk (Main entrance)

The second area for rejuvenation was the hotel’s restaurant, which is located towards the back of the hotel. For this, a second but smaller Solis Ridgelight was implemented into the design. The measurements of this are as follows; a span of 2,400mm and a length of 4,200mm, including an overall glazing thickness of 32mm. The glazing specifications for this Ridgelight are the same as the one at the hotel’s entrance. Further technical details for these rooflights can be found below.

The final instalment of the Oaksmere Hotel project is a Solis Pyramid rooflight, positioned in the centre of the restaurant to gain the optimum benefit from the additional natural light here. The rooflight itself measures 4,200mm across all four sides, and it was also set at an angle of 25o to maximise the visual impact of this upgrade.

This project has essentially given the Oaksmere a much-improved level of natural light ingress into key areas of the hotel, helping to make each room feel larger and more welcoming. Guests are also now surrounded with natural scenic views, which only further adds to their stay.

The Oaksmere Hotel, Suffolk
The Oaksmere Hotel, Suffolk (Pyramid in restaurant)

If you are interested in specifying our rooflight solutions for your next project, you can download our NBS Plus Specification Documents. If you require any further information, then please do feel free to contact us with your inquiry.

 

Below are the full glazing specifications for this project: –

Ridgelight 1 (Main Entrance):

2500mm width – 12000mm length

Non-fragile

Glass thickness of 32mm, centre-pane U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, 64% light transmission

Wind load of 640 n/m2, snow load of 750 N/m2

Ridgelight 2 (Restaurant):

2400mm width – 4200mm length

Non-fragile

Glass thickness of 32mm, centre-pane U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, 64% light transmission

Wind load of 640 n/m2, snow load of 750 N/m2

Pyramid Rooflight (Restaurant):

4200mm each side

Non-fragile

Glass thickness of 32mm, centre-pane U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, 64% light transmission 

Wind load of 640 n/m2, snow load of 750 N/m2

 

Glass Specification:

Outer: 6mm Pilkington’s Suncool 66/33 (High performance solar controlled)

Cavity: 16mm Argon filled

Inner: 9.5mm laminated