Shipston High School required additional teaching space to meet the need for increased capacity required by Warwickshire Council.
The new block needed to be constructed adjacent to the existing school building and was designed to allow staff and students to move around the site safely and easily.
Ridge provided a multidiscipline team and, in conjunction with the architect, developed the building design up to RIBA Stage 3, which was then taken forward by the contractor.
The iconic new building comprises a main reception/ foyer, administration offices and nine classrooms.
Ridge adopted the passive first approach by developing a dynamic thermal model to design the building’s façade, accommodate sufficient natural ventilation openings and mitigate overheating, without adopting mechanical ventilation or air conditioning.
The building is heated by high-efficiency condensing boilers. Heat is distributed around the building by radiant panels and LST radiators. To improve thermal comfort, the building has a central Building Management System (BMS) which monitors CO2 and temperature within each classroom. Local control can also be made by the staff to maintain a comfortable teaching environment.
To improve energy efficiency, the boilers are capable of providing a turn-down ratio of 20 > 1 (180 > 9 kW) and NOx levels of 33 mg/kW, which ensures the boilers range exceeds legislative requirements.
The building’s hot water requirement is covered by the installation of a single Mikrofill ‘loading cylinder’, which is designed to maximise condensing boiler efficiency.
Additional teaching space to cater for increased capacity