Playle & Partners For Surrey County Council
The works comprised the alteration of the existing residential accommodation area, along with the addition of a new two storey extension to increase the overall residential numbers at the school from 17 to 24 as well as improve the current spatial arrangements for residents.
The new two storey extension provides 16 new single bedrooms with associated shower, toilet, storage and staff facilities, linked to the existing building.
The extension follows the general palette of the existing to be in keeping with the current appearance of the school but utilises modern materials and methods to be sustainable, energy efficient and cost effective.
Throughout the project Crouch Waterfall looked to “design out waste”. Examples included the design being developed to avoid cutting blocks where possible, service installations using existing radiators, and thermally efficient windows in the existing building.
Considerations such as these mean that the thermal performance of roof and floor is 10% better than Part L Building regulations and upper floor walls 5% better. Energy efficient services installations avoid wasting energy and sustainable drainage systems harvest water for reuse.