Oakham C of E Primary School is a 1.5 form entry primary school with additional specialist needs units, separate nursery, 2 halls, community room and hydrotherapy swimming pool.
Built for Rutland County Council, the building uses innovative pre-fabricated twin timber walls, and pre-fabricated, pre-insulated roof panels insulated with recycled newspaper fibre. The client and team set out to create an exemplar of sustainable design and construction. This ethos informed every aspect of the design, from its orientation on site and landscaping concept to the selection of natural materials, a high thermal performance envelope design and the use of natural ventilation and daylighting strategies.
A 60% carbon reduction aspiration (based on the Department for Education targets) driven by the client brief was a major aspect of the design. The design currently achieves at least a 62% reduction achieved by focusing on the envelope in terms of thermal and airtightness properties and minimal renewables (only 0.4% of the project cost). Minimum 'bolt on' renewables aims to ensure a robust, intuitive building for the end-user to help deliver the designed energy performance.