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New Chemistry Laboratories & Refurbished Physics Block, Millfield School

This striking new development at Millfield School is located on the edge of the existing senior school campus close to the main Somerton Road. The brief, therefore, demanded a high quality architectural solution that would not only integrate fully with the other school buildings around it, but also present a contemporary façade facing onto the public highway. The school was also very keen to have a ‘green’ solution for this important science building.

The project involves the provision of new teaching facilities for chemistry and the refurbishment / remodelling of the adjoining physics block. The new laboratory building consists of six new ‘state-of-the-art’ chemistry labs, refurbishment of 3 existing chemistry labs, 2 new prep rooms, dedicated IT research room and sixth form study area together with a new 100-seater lecture theatre with moveable raked seating. The remodelling of the adjoining physics block includes a new pitched roof, new fenestration, greatly improved thermal insulation, new floor finishes and redecoration throughout.

Key environment benefits include:

  • Super-insulated external fabric incorporating newspaper insulation within a ‘breathable’ composite construction ensures energy consumption is reduced whilst air quality is high
  • Generous natural lighting to all key teaching spaces that is carefully regulated to avoid summer solar heat gain and glare
  • Passive ventilation to all key teaching spaces incorporating acoustic attenuation that keeps road traffic noise to a minimum
  • The use of recycled or recyclable materials wherever possible such as timber cladding, rubber floor finishes, aluminium roof and wall cladding
  • Replacement high-efficiency boilers to service a new LST radiator system.

Services delivered:

Concept Design / Planning Applications / Technical Design / Construction / Sustainable Design / Cost Advice

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