A turf cut ceremony has been held to mark the start of construction on the new £2.9 million primary school in Loddiswell, Devon.
NPS is providing full multidisciplinary design and project management services on this project alongside colleagues from our specialist interdisciplinary design consultancy Hamson Barron Smith.
The new four-class school will be built on land next to a housing development which was gifted to the community as part of the original planning permission. Work is set to be completed by March 2018 and for the first time the school will have all its facilities on one site, including a playing field and multi-use games area (MUGA), vegetable patch and forest school complete with covered pergola.
The new facility has been commissioned and funded by Devon County Council. The design expresses critical regionalism in its architecture, and utilises an agricultural pallet of materials and forms, such as stone, timber and render. Its low massing is sympathetic to its setting, both to the adjacent residential buildings and to the surrounding conservation area. The design of the building uses a highly efficient thermal envelope and maximises natural daylighting and ventilation. A prefabricated structurally insulated panel system (SIPS) will be used as an innovative design solution for the superstructure.
With the village of Loddiswell being off the gas, the M&E Engineers adopted an air source heat pump approach to the heating. To complement this, the project also includes photovoltaic (PV) panels. Together with the provision of air source heat pumps and fabric first approach, it is anticipated that the school will be theoretically zero carbon in use.
The low energy approach also included wind catchers in the natural ventilation strategy. This was developed through the Building Physics strategy that had to balance the requirements for natural ventilation, solar shading and daylighting all of which informed the façade design and creates an excellent teaching environment.
An open swale has been incorporated as part of the SUDs scheme which will be planted with wetland loving wild flowers to assist in the absorption of the water, increase biodiversity and add interest to the site for the staff and pupils.
NPS Project Manager, Claire Walkey said “We are delighted that this much anticipated project is now on site. This new sustainable school will provide a purpose-built exciting environment for high quality teaching and learning both internally and externally’’
NPS Architect, Kate Wotton said “This project is going to bring a lot of joy to the pupils and staff of Loddiswell School. It has been a privilege to work alongside Devon County Council and the school to develop this fantastic facility. The team have worked hard to develop a sustainable school sympathetic to its environment and budget.”