This new 11,200m² community campus project provides and features high quality learning and community use spaces and facilities dedicated to vocational learning courses for up to 800 pupils.
The teaching facilities are split over three levels and include enhanced performance spaces such as theatre, drama studio, and leisure facilities. The use of these spaces are shared between educational / school and requirements for local leisure users, as well as various local groups e.g. art / amateur drama society etc. In addition a 5 lane 25m swimming pool accommodates competitive swimming events and enables school and public swim sessions to take place simultaneously. The leisure facility also includes a sauna, steam room, gym, fitness suite and games hall, run by Angus Leisure. An enhanced school library, digital suite and internet café are also accessible to the public.
The new community campus was constructed within the existing school site whilst the school facility remained operational. Upon handover of the new facility, pupils and staff were transferred to the new building, allowing demolition of the existing high school and therein the creation of the new all-weather sports pitch and car parking.
Hulley & Kirkwood undertook and assessed existing utility routes and in conjunction with the network provider developed a plan for the necessary diversion and reconnection of existing utility supplies e.g. power, gas, water and telecoms, to serve the new campus building.
The majority of teaching spaces within the building are naturally ventilated, making use of single sided ventilation via windows and exposed concrete soffits utilising the thermal mass benefits and potential.
The games / sports hall is naturally ventilated via ‘windcatcher’ roof terminals.
Services within the classroom are exposed, with integrated services raft accommodating heating, lighting, fire alarm, sprinkler etc., as well as contributing to the acoustic properties of the space.
Services are zoned to suit building geometry and anticipated use for education, leisure, community and out of hours, with principal plant and services located and distributed to provide the most economical solution whilst allowing access for future maintenance.
During the course of the design, extensive studies were undertaken to determine the most suitable low zero carbon technology, and ultimately, natural gas fired combined heat and power unit rated at 80kWe was selected.
The building comfortably exceeded the statutory requirements set within the Technical Standards (2013), and achieved the EPC and BREEAM target for the building of ‘B’ and ‘Good’ respectively.
New community campus.
Working on live site.