Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath, is a Technology College with an emphasis on innovation in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM). The School works with trust partners to enhance specific STEM activities and courses for students, such as research projects looking at environmental monitoring of buildings and working with scientists in residence.
The building incorporates an efficient layout of labs and classrooms arranged around a 'super lab' and double-height learning resource centre, and allows the school to extend its provision of STEM teaching through an integrated approach to learning.
Sustainability is a key driver for the new building which visibly demonstrates low energy design, construction, materials and use to all users and act as a learning resource, demonstration model and catalyst for sustainable thinking and initiatives for the whole school. The building is built from a versatile and efficient straw bale cladding system eliminating the need for a separate structural frame and increasing speed of build on site through pre-fabrication.
An ‘A-rated’ Demonstration Energy Certificate (DEC) has been targeted by maximising passive performance through a highly efficient envelope enhanced by low energy use products and services, but critically through an ongoing consultation with the school user group that enhanced understanding of the way that the building can be most efficiently operated.
The project was handed over to the school in September 2012.