Wellacre Technology College New Eco Centre

The new Wellacre Technology College Eco Centre opened to pupils in the summer of 2010. It is an excellent example of a truly sustainable building with an embedded carbon footprint significantly lower than that of a steel, concrete or masonry building. Total carbon reduction compared to a traditionally constructed building over 10 years is expected to be in excess of 25 tonnes.

Wellacre Technology college, who appointed Ansell & Bailey as Architects and S I Sealy to act as BREEAM Assessors and M&E designers are keen to ensure that the new Eco Centre is as environmentally sustainable as possible, both in terms of embedded Carbon and operational Carbon emissions, whilst being constructed to a budget.

After an indepth feasibility study, a number of low and zero carbon technologies or LZCs have been incorporated into the design of the centre, which includes a reed bed and two Biodomes. Technologies incorporated into the design include a biomass boiler plant, solar thermal collectros, wind turbine, rainwater harvesting, heat pumps, natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, all closely monitored and evaluated by the use of a sophisticated BMS control system incorporating heat meters.


Highly innovative project & Overall Winner of Green Apple Awards 2011

  • Maximises daylight
  • Low U values
  • Passive solar gain
  • Natural ventilation
  • Sustainable materials
  • Daylight dimming lighting
  • Solar thermal collectors
  • Biomass boiler plant
  • Heat recovery
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Sedum roof