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.