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New Swimming Pool Complex, St George’s Independent Boarding & Day School

Following the opening of the new library and languages centre in 2015, St George’s continued their development plans and we were delighted to be involved with the new Swimming Pool complex commencing in 2018 and opened in the summer of 2019.

Working closely with the Architect, Edgington Spink + Hyne, our Sustainability team worked to optimise fabric first and modelled the building to maximise energy gain whilst avoiding overheating. Dynamic thermal modelling was used as part of our team’s input into the building elements selected. Additional opening windows and window treatment in key areas avoided the requirement for comfort cooling.

M&E services were selected based on proven quality and track record as well as efficiency. Plant was carefully located and to ensure access for maintenance and future replacement. We also undertook investigations into the capacity of the incoming gas, water and electricity supplies.

CBG provided a fully co-ordinated, detailed specification and drawings to ensure the tender documents were unambiguous to permit maximum competition in the tender process.

Images: © Edgington Spink + Hyne

Grove Academy Free School

Grove Academy is the first all-through school to open in Slough, providing education to pupils from the age of 4 to 18.

The school opened on a temporary site in September 2017, while brand-new facilities are constructed. The school will grow each year, eventually supporting 4 form entry for primary age and 6 forms at secondary age, with a capacity for 1,940 pupils. The site includes a community hub, providing meeting spaces, offices and other community facilities.

CBG Consultants are pleased to support Wates in the delivery of this ambitious scheme, providing four storeys of high quality educational facilities, to the exacting ESFA requirements. The scheme is being fully designed to BIM Level 2, with CBG providing detailed design information and coordination of M&E services up to RIBA Stage 4C.

Detailed dynamic thermal modelling of the building fabric and façade has been undertaken by CBG, to validate the energy and mechanical servicing strategy. Localised Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) is being provided to each classroom, delivering high thermal energy efficiency and guaranteeing enough fresh air is provided at all times of year. The system includes an automatic boost mode, reducing summertime overheating risk, and purging high CO2 levels.

Other sustainability features include 340m2 of photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate electricity, and electric vehicle charging points located around the site.

Images supplied by Jestico + Whiles / Fotohaus


The Boathouse, Shiplake College

Shiplake College is an Independent boarding/day school located on a 45 acre beautifully landscaped site, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The College pride themselves on their strong rowing community and have produced no less than four Olympic medal winners.

The existing Boathouse consisted of various wooden sheds, each being used to house different types equipment and the boats themselves. The New Boathouse has been constructed as a two storey building, using a mixture of bricks and metal sheets as materials. The Ground floor has been designed to have enough space for a workshop, state of the art multi-purpose fitness and conditioning gym, bar and changing rooms in addition to Boat Storage. The first floor also has a rifle and archery shooting range, an indoor climbing wall and equipment storage for outdoor pursuits for the popular Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

The Boathouse is an exemplar of the minimalist approach to renewable services design, employing a ground source heat pump using boreholes due to the size of the site and internal fan coil units for proving space cooling and heating. Insulation levels exceed building regulations to minimise the required GSHP installation size. The ventilation employs an MVHR heat recovery system using CO2 and PIR sensors for occupancy demand ventilation varying the flowrate according to usage. The scheme also makes use of opening rooflights for natural ventilation under suitable conditions. Lighting employs LEDs through to round out the complete low energy services installation.

Images – Nicolas Brown Webber Architects

Habberley Learning Village

The new Habberley Learning Village will be established on the site currently occupied by Baxter College and St John’s CE Primary School in Kidderminster.

The project will involve the construction of the new Wyre Forest Special School and 16 bed residential unit, together with a new science block for Baxter College and new classrooms for St John’s Primary School.

The shared vision of all three schools on the site is to develop opportunities for increasing integration, which could involve the shared use of buildings and facilities. For this reason, it is anticipated that the new Special School will be built close to the Baxter College buildings, and it is important that the construction work should be completed with minimal disruption to the school.

The existing site slopes, and has been graded to provide a series of separate terraces. It is possible that the new Special School may occupy more than one of these terraces, and may include a split section to accommodate the changes in level. Some of the accommodation will be at first floor level, and all areas will be fully accessible. There may be some additional terracing of the external works to provide level and secure outdoor areas.

It is proposed that the new buildings will mark the next stage in WCC’s policy of environmentally sustainable design, by setting new standards of performance and energy efficiency. It is proposed that the school could be designed to achieve excellent thermal performance and airtightness, and construction processes will involve a high percentage of recycled content.


Dorothy Goodman Special Needs School

The new building features 9 classroom spaces, a studio hall, sensory and multi sensory spaces, main hall, music therapy, a sensory courtyard and outdoor amphitheatre.

The building design has created a sensitive, purposeful and stimulating learning environment which meets the needs of pupils, from 11-16 years, with a whole spectrum of learning difficulties.

The design uses innovative features such as oversized, textured roof lights to create distraction teaching tools. All of the classrooms face South, with solar shading, to capture the beautiful meadow panorama, bringing the outside into the teaching spaces. The building is defined by separate materials, textures and colours to identify different use of spaces.

The school are committed to teaching children and young people with a wide range of learning needs including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning difficulties, Moderate Difficulties and those with Autism (including those who may be functioning at high levels academically). The landscaping and lighting design allows for the protection of existing bat species found on the site. The spaces include; Sensory and multi-sensory suites, Therapy suite, Illuminated sensory garden, Main hall and studio with folding screen to open into a single space, Community use hall and meeting rooms, All classrooms with passive ventilation, wide corridors and easy-mapping circulation and Specialist, dedicated areas for art, science, food technology and DT.

Images supplied by Ben Davis, Photographer

Winner – The ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2019

Winner – RICS East Midlands Social Impact Awards 2020

Daneshill School Swimming Pool and Sports Hall – Hampshire

New sports hall, swimming pool and MUGA set within an existing school.

The building shall include a number of low energy measures including building physics approach to optimise the orientation and fabric. Low carbon plant including Solar PV and heat pump.


Caring Kindergartens, Milton Keynes

Caring Kindergartens is a state of the art, purpose built, two-story nursery. Located in Brooklands, a new development in the east of Milton Keynes.

The nursery school cares for children aged from 12 weeks to 4 years, with an on-site kitchen, and an outdoor play area to use all year round. The nursery prepares the children with their transition to school, with meals and snacks made in-house throughout the day in the kitchen, outside play space, and classrooms.

CBG provided the complete M&E services design to meet BREEAM Very Good standard, including lighting, ventilation with heat recovery, and underfloor heating throughout. The design had to be adaptable and accommodating to each of the spaces; from classrooms to offices, sleeping rooms, and eating areas.

To achieve the BREEAM standard we used a highly efficiency boiler for heating and hot water, reduced light pollution during night-time, well insulated, with a low air permeability, and many other measures including control of water consumption and segregation of waste.

The mechanical services also comprised of drainage, domestic water services and associated controls.

The electrical services comprised distribution boards, power, data, lighting, access controls, intruder alarm, CCTV, and fire alarm.

Images and video supplied by Watson & Cox/Caring Kindergartens


Bourne Grammar School, Lincolnshire

A new state of the art science block at Bourne Grammar School in Lincolnshire to provide Mechanical & Electrical Engineering services, lighting design and thermal modelling.

The new building features 15 laboratories supported by 3 large preparation rooms, each with their own bespoke furniture and fume cupboards. The laboratories are laid out in a particular format to maximise student participation in class activities and experiments.

The two storey building was specifically designed to be built with limited ‘wet trades’ in order to reduce the risk of programme slippage due to adverse weather. The building also features coloured glass panels in the laboratories and communal areas to identify the different sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

New Resources Centre, Shiplake College

The Independent boarding/day school is located on a 45 acre beautiful landscaped site, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The school’s determination to deliver quality education has led them to plan and build new facilities, expanding the quality educational environment to be both environmentally friendly, and cost effective.

CBG were engaged as the M&E consultants and BREEAM assessors, for the construction of a new lecture theatre, art, music and learning resource centre (LRC) building. The project included some specific technical challenges, relating to the acoustic separation of the music practice rooms from the adjacent LRC. The floor to ceiling height was also very restrictive due to planning constraints, requiring a bespoke ventilation design.

The 130 person lecture theatre includes a demand-based cooling and ventilation system, to minimise energy usage while optimising fresh air supply. Scene setting controlled lighting and an audio visual system are also provided.

Amberley Road Development, Westminster City Council

The Amberley Road scheme is a mixed use residential and learning development in the heart of London with a site on the banks of the Grand Union canal.

The project comprises a new government ‘free school’ provided by Ark Atwood Primary Academy and education facilities for Westminster Adult Education Services. High quality private residential accommodation which includes 48 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units and basement car parking. Penthouse apartments include a duplex arrangement with roof gardens. The primary school is a 2 form entry for 180 key stage 1 and 240 key stage 2 pupils with 30 place nursery.

A combined energy strategy utilising a combined heat and power plant will be provided which satisfies the GLA London Plan and provides a 25% Carbon reduction over current Building Regulations.

The residential units are designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.