A virtual guided tour of the UK’s first timber structure school, in Wokingham
Waingels College in Woodley, Wokingham incorporates a cross laminated timber structural system - instead of the traditional steel and concrete frame - in order to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 per cent.
Sheppard Robson’s proposal divides the school into three pastoral bases which are expressed as individual learning communities, conceived as a ‘school within a school’: the community becomes a village of teaching and learning spaces; the central Open Heart space as a village green; and a fourth building houses the large shared assembly and dining hall spaces.
The internal areas are designed to be open, flexible and adaptable, replacing the traditional long, gloomy school corridors with naturally lit break out spaces, encouraging cross-curricular interaction and learning opportunities.
Pierluigi Chinellato, Associate at Sheppard Robson, comments ‘It will be exciting to develop such an innovative design using naturally sustainable building technologies. The structural timber construction has many environmental benefits and we eagerly anticipate the teachers’ and pupils’ positive engagement with their new surroundings.’
The new buildings will provide space for 1,500 pupils and 172 teaching staff. Work has begun on site and is due to be completed inOctober 2011.