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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.


Southwark Bridge Road, London

Comprehensive redevelopment of the existing Southwark Bridge Road Fire Station site as part of a mixed use development of 200 unit residential apartments, commercial units and a 1200 place new secondary school.

A free school funded by the EFA under the new Free School programme with the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The development includes both new build and refurbishment of existing grade II listed building.

A very tight urban site with significant number of planning issues to overcome. A full combined energy strategy has been developed which allows low and zero carbon technology to be utilised for both the school and the residential sites.

Complex site delivered under the London Plan.

Haberdasher’s Aske School for Girls, Hertfordshire

Following the completion of an energy strategy and M&E services master plan, CBG Consultants were appointed as M&E services designers for the new build project.

Replacing the existing kitchen and dining provision, the project provides a new junior performance hall, mezzanine café, function rooms in addition to general teaching spaces and courtyard improvements.

The project includes complex M&E servicing requirements, such as large ventilation rates to the halls, and a full commercial kitchen. These had to be incorporated to work not only with the architecture, but also within the constraints of the existing campus. The project was fully designed to BIM Level 2, allowing coordination of complex services routes with the structure.

Stanley Park High School, Surrey

This award-winning school was five years in the making and boasts some of the most high-tech features of any school in the country.

Its approach aims to equip students for the real world. In the first two years of school, about 50 per cent of students’ time is spent learning a skills-based curriculum in classrooms designed to resemble the workplace.

Under its unique “four in one” approach, the 1400-strong school is divided into four smaller schools. The World school specialises in the humanities and foreign languages, Performance in PE, Dance, Music, Drama and Media and Trade in a large number of vocational subjects plus Technology and Art and Design. The fourth school, Horizon, is a small school for children with Autism.

The school includes a full-size running track, a sports hall the size of four badminton courts, extensive IT facilities, drama studios, a car workshop and a beauty salon.

State-of-the-art eco-features include a natural ventilation system, plenty of green, open spaces and allotments and the whole project was carbon neutral.

During construction, the project was nominated for Excellence in the BSF Awards Entry: Most Versatile Learning Environment.

Winner – ACE Engineering Excellence 2012


Performing Arts Centre, Pipers Corner School

A New Performing Arts Centre for Pipers Corner School, completed in 2016.

The scheme employs an innovative and energy efficient strategy, which has been developed to ensure targets are achieved. Duties include; Surveys and Feasibility Studies, Design to Planning Stages, Detailed Design; as well as the use of IES Dynamic Thermal Modelling & Part L.

The project had specific demands necessary to provide a professional standard theatre facility. Particular attention was given to the ventilation system and lighting controls. CBG worked extensively with the theatre consultant, acoustician and design team to ensure these standards were met.


BREEAM Very Good

   Highly Commended – Lux Awards 2017

Photo Credit – NBW Architects

Beaudesert Park School, Stroud

The Beaudesert Park School was first established as an Educational Trust in 1968. It is located within the picturesque grounds of the Cotswolds.

The project a involved a new build Performing Arts facility consisting of a large auditorium, various teaching spaces, offices and a number of sound proof ‘pods’ for music lessons and rehearsals.

Our team developed simple and low-energy environmental strategies for the building, including demand-controlled natural ventilation, and a scavenger ventilation system for the basement music rooms. Notably, the building has no BMS, with the objective to keep the operation of the building as simple as possible for the school.

2016 – RIBA Regional Awards, Shortlisted.


Tormead School, Guildford

An £8M project to completely redevelop Tormead School in Guildford.

A tight urban site with planning constraints required a clever design solution.

The project was assessed as BREEAM Very Good and included a wood chip biomass boiler energy centre.

Works included the creation of a central atrium which acts as a dining area for pupils and can also be used as an assembly space as required. In addition, the existing assembly hall was refurbished to provide a mezzanine, plus the replacement of existing M&E services. The project had to be undertaken while the remainder of the site was in use, requiring careful planning and phasing.

BREEAM Very Good