SILVERWOOD SCHOOL IS A NEW NET ZERO CARBON SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS AND DISABILITIES (SEND) SCHOOL IN NORTH WILTSHIRE, OFFERING A BESPOKE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A RANGE OF DISABILITIES, AGEING FROM 4 TO 19 YEARS.
THE CENTRE AIMS TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDE ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY TEACHING AND SPECIALISED CARE FACILITIES FOR LEARNING AND THERAPY.
The new two-storey building will operate as a ‘school within a school’, including clusters of teaching spaces and dining spaces, which allows all abilities of students to be educated together with the main hall and hydrotherapy pool supported by associated therapy, sanitary, nurse and administrative spaces.
Externally, the addition of key stage courtyards, all weather pitches and sensory gardens, together with access to the Grade II listed woodland and parkland, will enhance a wonderful SEND setting on the existing school site.
The strategic brief included a requirement for the buildings to achieve the “net zero carbon – operational energy” standard as set out by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) framework.
To reduce the overall energy required to operate the building the developed design applies a hybrid Zero Carbon design approach emphasising passive design principles. Additionally, the design incorporates a CLT timber frame system, inherent for its structural air tightness qualities, and on-site renewable energy generation to offset residual carbon emissions.
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