Comfort, function, aesthetics and sustainability are carefully balanced in this project to produce an effective and vibrant learning environment.
Set over three main levels, the strategically orientated outer classrooms are connected by an ETFE roof and optimised façade, which encourage high levels of daylight to penetrate the classrooms.
An earth duct system is used to pre-heat and pre-cool air, with a ground source heat pump providing supplementary top- up when external conditions require.
Bespoke heat recovery units have been integrated into each of the classrooms, enabling up to 70% of the exhaust heat to be recovered, which has reduced the primary heating demand to a fraction of that required by conventional systems. Grey water and rainwater recycling systems ensure high levels of water conservation, whilst soft landscaping and sensitive planting strategies enrich biodiversity and encourage wildlife around the site.