At the start of the academic year we’re very pleased to be steaming ahead with a major new school project.
A planning application has been submitted for the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) building at Gresham’s School in Holt, North Norfolk for which the Daniel Connal Partnership is acting as project manager and quantity surveyor.
The proposed building is to be known as the Dyson building after the benefactor of the project, Sir James Dyson, and will create a contemporary science and arts teaching facility at Gresham’s, incorporating classrooms, laboratories, workshops and flexible-use open plan common areas. Designed by international award winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, the new building sits at the heart of the school site, adjacent to the award winning Britten Building, housing the Music School & 6th Form Centre, and facing the Grade II listed Memorial Chapel across the chapel lawns.
The striking, open, light steel structure has been designed to blend sympathetically with the surrounding buildings, and to facilitate flexibility in the internal layout of building. With exposed structure and services, a principle behind the design is for pupils to be able to see how the building functions rather than concealing it’s workings behind ceilings and linings. The proposed design also has sustainability and energy efficiency at its heart – using construction materials with a low environmental impact, maximising the use of natural light and ventilation and incorporating photo voltaic cells and ground source heat pumps.
Showcasing the latest green building technology, the naturally ventilated Dyson building will also use strategic planting to help control solar gain, and improve sound and heat insulation. While glazing on the South facing facade will be protected from direct sunlight by brise soleil, to help ensure a comfortable learning environment and avoid glare, the East and West facades will benefit from a ‘green screen’ – innovative vertical cables with climbing plants which will not only provide protection from direct morning and afternoon light, but also soften the appearance of the building.
Subject to a successful planning process, it is hoped the building will be in use for the start of the 2021/22 academic year..
DCP is very proud to have worked on a number of projects with Gresham’s School, including the award winning Britten Building, the Bourdillon Tower activity centre and several Boarding House accommodation extension and refurbishment schemes.
Image courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects