VELFAC windows are a major feature at the innovative 360o Observatory at Cors Dyfi Nature reserve in Wales, recently voted Best Environment Project in the 2015 National Lottery Awards
The multi-platform building uses large, slim framed VELFAC windows to deliver a panoramic vista of the nature reserve, and especially of the rare Osprey breeding pair which nests close to the building.
Specified by architect White Design, the VELFAC system features prominently in the 360oObservatory, specified for its low energy performance and sustainable design, ideal benefits for a building which must be highly sensitive to its local environment. Large VELFAC window units are installed in every external wall, with the glazing’s excellent weather performance ensuring the open plan interior remains quiet and draught free. The composite VELFAC design features an aluminium external frame, finished in grey, which is both highly durable and low maintenance, while the inner wooden window frame is an ideal match for glulam timber walls and roof.
The 360o Observatory was commissioned by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, and part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The building has proved to be an outstanding success and in August 2015 the Cors Dyfi team was presented with the National Lottery Award for Best Environment Project at a star-studded ceremony broadcast on BBC1.