School buildings to cost less than UK baseline designs
Aedas has revealed designs for two school buildings in Belgium, one of which will be built to Passivhaus standards.
The buildings have been designed for the O.L.V. Hemelvaartintituut in Waregem at a cost of around £1260/sq m, below the projected £1465/sq m cost of school designs published by the UK government earlier this year.
A “gateway” building has been designed using Passivhaus principles and will provide 15 classrooms, meeting rooms and a lecture theatre. The second building will provide a refectory for the school and a cafe for a neighbouring sports hall.
Mike Oades, projects director at Aedas, said: “The gateway building has been orientated to give greater focus and clarity to the school campus as a whole, which currently consists of a series of individual buildings from almost every era over the past century and has little civic presence within the town.
“The classrooms are located on the south elevation looking internally towards the playground; each floor plate staggered to shade the floor below. To the main street there is an active street frontage at ground floor with the lecture theatre located above.”