The Keyes Building
Working with the client, QS and design team as the RIBA award winning Michael Baker Boathouse. This is a sports and performing arts building for The King’s School, Worcester. The building is being built to a high specification finish, and PassivHaus levels of insulation and airtightness. It heated by a biomass boiler, linked to two adjacent buildings, providing them with heat when possible, and using their plantrooms as backup boilers. There is a mixture of heat recovery ventilation and automatically controlled natural ventilation.
The lighting is attractive and low energy and most of the building’s lighting has an element of automatic lighting controls, although care has been taken to make the lighting control seem simple and manually controlled in areas such as teaching spaces.
The building has been wired with a whole building off switch is to switch off unnecessary base load when the building is unoccupied. This idea came from the Ampleforth energy surveys. There are a lot of loads like water boilers, vending machines selling packaged and tinned food and drink, wireless routers and standby loads from plugged in but switched off equipment such as computers which are not needed when the building is unoccupied. There are other loads like fridges, security and fire alarms, emergency lighting, which are required during unoccupied hours. Care has been taken in selecting the circuits to switch off and the client has opted to have all of the sockets switched off overnight. The building has been wired so that circuits can be easily swapped over if they are later required on at all times. LEDA will monitor the energy consumption, and measure, the dip in baseload overnight and the energy saving for the client.
LEDA produced the mechanical and electrical designs upto tender stage, and retained client consultant duties throughout the project.
The building provides the school with impressive facilities including:
• Four-court, multi use sports hall
• Fitness suite
• 12m indoor climbing wall with abseiling gallery
• Dance studio with sprung floor
• Drama studio with technical gallery
• Sixth Form Centre
• Changing rooms
• Four teaching rooms
• Seminar and meeting room
• Underground car and cycle parking