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Uppingham School Science Building


Uppingham School


Bowmer & Kirkland

M&E Value:

£2.2 Million

Completion Date:

February 2014

About The Project:

The new science building connects science physically and intellectually with sport, art, drama and mathematics. It is separated into three distinct components arranged in an L shape around a grassy quadrangle. The first of these, the southern wing, is predominantly glass offering a stunning visual connection between the street and quadrangle. This is a dynamic space shared between school and public with a variety of uses including a reception area, buttery, resource centre, exhibition space and also foyer to the ground floor lecture theatre.

The upright of the L is a more private three-storey laboratory and classroom wing which shelters the western side of the new quad. Here, learning and support spaces are arranged to allow for a number of layouts and options for future sub-division.

The third and final component is named the ‘jewel box’, framed with anodised aluminium, which sits above the southern wing and houses an outdoor classroom, eco-lab and triple height atrium for the display of scientific artefacts and artworks. Passivhaus principles have been adopted throughout, with low energy technologies and combined heat and power and water conservation systems shared with other buildings on the site.

Mechanical Scope:

  • Incoming services
  • Heating system
  • Natural gas
  • Hot and cold water supplies
  • Ventilation
  • Fume cupboard extract ventilation
  • Cooling system
  • Automatic building management controls
  • Above ground drainage
  • Sanitaryware

Electrical Scope:

  • Mains distribution
  • Lighting and emergency lighting
  • General small power
  • Structured cabling
  • Fire alarm
  • Disabled refuge
  • Security system
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Lighting protection
  • Mechanical services wiring
  • Testing and commissioning

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