Maplefields SEN School

In line with its commitment to improve the provision of Special Educational Needs (SEN) facilities, Northampton County Council wanted to build a new primary and secondary school in Corby that would cater for children aged 3 -16.

Challenge
Maplefields was one of the first schools to be built using the newly revised Department of Children’s Schools and Families (DCSF) criteria for Carbon Emissions Reductions (60% lower than 2002 allowed levels).

Energy efficiency and a “Very Good” BREEAM rating were the key objectives.

Solution
As the appointed M&E consultants we wanted to ensure the project achieved the desired “Very Good” BREEAM rating, by meeting the carbon emissions targets through a combination of fuel boilers and solar thermal panels.

All M&E services were designed to utilise the latest low energy building techniques including:

 > Natural ventilation with heavy thermal mass power factor correction
 > Voltage reduction
 > Fluorescent and LED lighting
 > Low energy system pump and fans


The building also featured additional sustainable initiatives such as a sedum roof and rainwater harvesting.

The Outcome
Maplefields SEN school is now an inspiring, efficient environment that is transforming special needs provision in north Northamptonshire as well as meeting the toughest environmental standards.

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ALL M&E SERVICES WERE DESIGNED TO UTILISE THE LATEST LOW ENERGY
BUILDING TECHNIQUES

CLIENT : Northamptonshire County Council

ARCHITECT : GSS Architecture

PROJECT MANAGER : Lend Lease

MAIN CONTRACTOR : Graham Construction

VALUE : £12m

Corby

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