St Lukes School, Wolverhampton





This scheme is a new build naturally ventilated two class entry primary school. During the design stage we developed a detailed thermal model using IES software to optimise the daylighting to the classrooms, and explored methods of introducing thermal mass to a timber framed building through the use of heavyweight boarding to timber stud walls. The underfloor heating system uses a biomass boiler as the primary heat source with condensing gas fired boilers as back up. The natural ventilation strategy includes automatically controlled high level windows. The building has achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating. It has won several awards including the prestigious RIBA Sorrell Schools Award 2010.

Client: Wolverhampton City Council

Architect: Architype


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