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Architype bags Passivhaus school hat-trick in Wolves

Architype has received planning permission for its third Passivhaus school in Wolverhampton

The new Wilkinson Primary School will replace a 420 pupil school on the site which was destroyed by fire in October 2010. 

According to the practice, which has already completed two Passivhaus schools for Wolverhampton City Council, new the building has a ‘clear, simple plan and an efficient form which reflect the school’s internal functions’.

The classrooms are clustered around shared central activity hubs, with the ground floor classrooms having direct access to the outdoors. Clerestory windows will bring natural daylight into the centre of the building and the north facing teaching areas.

Jonathan Hines, director at Architype said: ‘The design and contractor teams have worked closely together to learn the lessons gained during the design, construction, and occupation of the first two schools, and apply them in the optimisation of the design for Wilkinson Primary.

‘Many of the specific lessons we have learnt and applied included opting for manual controls wherever possible, greater use of BIM, design and construction workshops to pre-empt any site errors that could occur, and greater modulisation of external components, windows and doors.’

The building also signals a growth in the common use of the Passivhaus standard, which was specified in the client’s brief, requiring this energy standard over the use of BREEAM.

The scheme will be the practice’s fourth Passivhaus school in the UK.

Architype Wilkinson Primary

Project data

Architects:  Architype
Location: Wolverhampton
Type of project: Primary School
Client: Wolverhampton City Council
Start on site date: October 2012
Contract duration: Phase 1 - 13 months [main build], Phase 2 - 16 weeks [landscaping]
Gross internal floor area: 2610m2
Form of contract: Design and Build
Total cost:
Structural engineers: Price & Myers LLP
M&E consultant: E3 Consulting Engineers LLP 
Quantity surveyor: SmithThomas Consult
CDM coordinator: Tracey Kirby Consulting
Lighting consultant: E3 Consulting Engineers LLP
Passivhaus consultant: Elemental Solutions
Main contractor: Thomas Vale Construction
Predicted air tightness levels: 0.6 ach/hr @ 50pa
Predicted annual heat demand: 15kWh/year
Predicted primary energy demand: 120kWh/year


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