St Paul's Way Trust School
The siting and orientation of this building is key to its success as a community and as a low energy building.
The school sits proudly on the street with no fences screening it from the public. The ground floor of the building, street side, offers a range of public functions including a business centre, sports facilities and a theatre. The building section helps overcome the issues of security for the school by raising the school teaching functions to the first floor. With a Faraday Science Centre, one of the first in the country, their science specialism is flourishing.
Using a clear diagram and simple low energy design principles such as natural ventilation and high thermal mass, this building has reduced its carbon use by 60% compared to a typical school. In addition, the behaviour of the children improved greatly and the school were awarded an Ofsted outstanding grading after previously being placed in special measures within two years of the new school opening. Ofsted cited the building design as being a significant contributor to the educational success of the school.
Client: Tower Hamlets Council/Bouygues UK
Location: Tower Hamlets
Completion: December 2010