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Architype reveals two new 'PassivHaus' school projects

Architype has revealed designs for two new ‘PassivHaus’ schools, just weeks after landing the RIBA Sorrell Foundation Award for its £6 million St Luke’s Primary School scheme

Both in Wolverhampton, the Oak Meadow primary school and Bushbury Hill primary school timber frame schemes aim to secure ‘high levels’ of air tightness with minimal cold bridging. The classrooms feature large windows with ‘generous’ clerestories.

Jonathan Hines, director of Architype, said: ‘Well designed school buildings have a transformational impact on children and teachers. Good design improves performance, well-being and health.

‘The Government is risking the health, happiness, and quality of education environments with their funding cuts and new approach to education procurement.’

Lee Fordham, the project architect, said: ‘By achieving high levels of sustainability and the Passivhaus standard, the future running costs of the schools are dramatically reduced. 

‘We hope by achieving Passivhaus standards for these schools we will encourage and inspire other local authorities and architects to aim for these higher standards.’

Architype won the RIBA Sorrell Foundation Award 2010 for its £6 million St Luke’s Primary School scheme

Source: Leigh Simpson

Architype won the RIBA Sorrell Foundation Award 2010 for its £6 million St Luke’s Primary School scheme

 

Oak Meadow primary school

Location Wolverhampton
Architect Architype
Landscape Architect Coe Design
Client Wolverhampton City Council
Start on site 13 September 2010
Due for completion August 2011
Contract value £5.36m
Contractor Thomas Vale
Size 2,300m² over two storeys
Structural Engineers Price and Myers
Quantity Surveyors Smith Thomas Consultants
M&E Engineers E3 Consultant Engineers

Bushbury Hill Primary School

Project summary single form entry primary school with MAST/IWA facilities designed to Passivhaus standards
Location Wolverhampton
Architect Architype
Landscape Architect Coe Design
Client Wolverhampton City Council
Start on site 13 September 2010
Due for completion August 2011
Contract value £4.09m
Size 1,850m² over two storeys
Contractor Thomas Vale
Structural Engineers Price and Myers
Quantity Surveyors Smith Thomas Consultants
M&E Engineers E3 Consultant Engineers
Other consultants Elemental Solutions (Passivhaus); ION Acoustic Consultants

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