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Rivington Street Studio completes Passivhaus School

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Rivington Street Studio has completed London’s first Passivhaus school

The project at Stebon Primary School in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has expanded the school’s capacity from a two form entry to a three form entry.

The scheme included a new two-storey 1,250m² classroom block, an extension to the school’s hall with new dining facilities, and the remodelling of existing classrooms.

The new timber-clad classroom block connects to the existing hall via a glazed link. It also features brick gable ends which overhang to create a sheltered external play area.

The school’s headteachers Jeremy Iver and Joanna Franklin, said: ‘We wanted a school that was simple, environmentally-friendly and created a comfortable educational environment for the children. The Passivhaus design meets all of these needs and, in fact, exceeds them.’

Stebon Primary School by Rivington Street Studios

Project data

Location Burdett Estate, Poplar, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Type of project school expansion project
Client London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Architect Rivington Street Studio
Landscape architect Rivington Street Studio
Structural engineer Cygnum Timber Engineering (superstructure/timber frame) and Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers (substructure and remodelling works)
M&E consultant BDP
Quantity surveyor Bouygues UK
CDM Coordinator Sweett Group
Main contractor Bouygues UK
Passivhaus consultant Architype
Start on site date February 2014
Completion date March 2015
Gross internal floor area 1,250m² (new classroom block), 240m² (new kitchen & reception class wc extension), 950m² (refurbishment/remodelling)
Form of contract and/or procurement Two stage Design and Build
Total cost undisclosed
Predicted air tightness levels ≤ 0.6 air changes per hr @ n50

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