• Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells, UK

    Skinners School 750

    This proposed new four-storey facility at prestigious Skinners’ School includes a new library, a sixth form centre and classrooms providing high-quality internal environments for pupils to thrive in their learning and development.

    Hilson Moran were responsible for the MEP services design and sustainability strategy for the proposal, which optimises high levels of passive energy and a wide range of active energy efficient measures.

    Deep set windows and roof lights maximise natural daylight penetration, while minimising solar gain resulting in best practice daylight factors being achieved in all zones.

    Through our use of dynamic thermal modelling techniques, we have been able to optimise the fabric building elements to greatly surpass the minimum achievement standards for insulation.

    The passive cooling strategy uses exposed concrete soffits to absorb and dissipate unwanted heat. Together with a mixed mode ventilation and heat recovery strategy, the design ensures the internal temperatures are maintained well-within acceptable tolerances.

    The design incorporates 30m2 of photo voltaic panels, which generate renewable power, contributing to a minimum, 10% reduction in regulated CO2 emissions, predicted to achieve an eight-year payback term.

    The facility will better today’s minimum Building Regulations Part L standards, by an over 16% improvement, delivering an “A” rated Energy Performance Asset rating for this building.

    A detailed planning application is currently being assessed by the planning authority.