We worked with Grayling Thomas Architects to develop a new business school building for Barton Peveril college. The building is located at the front of the college on a former car park and between three existing buildings, and so the site was quite constrained. The M&E was a contractor designed portion and so we remained on the client side for detailed design and construction.

To meet the planning requirement of a 15% improvement on carbon emissions over building regulations, and also BREEAM Excellent, the building is heated by a ground source heat pump with boreholes in a nearby sports field and electricity import is reduced as there is a 47kWp PV array on the roof. Though a fabric first approach was adopted to help reduce the reliance on renewable plant to achieve the planning requirement. Our building physics team carried out modelling during RIBA stage 2 to assess the building fabric as well as renewable sources. This identified that an improvement in U-values in the region of 50% over building regulations, which was agreed as achievable with the architect, would provide an optimum solution.

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