Hardly surprising then that The Scottish Government (2017), Health and Social Care Standards states that natural light and fresh air should be available in all main rooms used by children. And of course, they are beneficial to the wellbeing of staff, too.
The Scottish Government’s; ‘Space to Grow’ report, states specifically that:
- Natural light should be within the playrooms used by children.
- Natural light should be in as many areas as possible throughout the premises.
- All opportunities for maximising natural light should be taken.
It was felt that the most effective method of accessing these benefits at Glenpark was through the use of rooflights.
The designers had to factor in that many children currently sleep or rest for a period during their time within a setting. With the expansion to 1,140 hours per year, it is likely that more children may attend for a longer day. That means more will sleep during the day. A consequence of this was the need to provide skylight shading in what would be a naturally lit interior.
Holmes Miller Architects therefore had to ensure that both children and staff could access the benefits of natural light and ventilation, whilst identifying an easy mechanism to control glare and provide shade.