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Whitehall Park Primary School, Islington

Client: ESS Modular

Budget: £5.5m

Completed: 2017

We provided the detailed building services design for this project for Extraspace Solutions.  With a contract value of £5.5m, this project involved the demolition of the existing Ashmount School, a locally listed Grade A building and the construction of Whitehall Park Primary School, a new primary (4-11) 2FE. The gross area of the building is approximately 2,376sqm.

The new school includes 14 classrooms over three storeys, a sports/dining hall and various other ancillary accommodation.  The building sets into a two-level site, with the ground floor opening out into an external play space and the first floor opening out on to the main entrance road.  In dealing with the restricted nature of the site, we have designed a rooftop play area to ensure compliance with BB99.

Two full elevations of the school are encased in curtain walling, one of which depicts the school crest.  The curtain walling system was installed with a ‘Solar Neutral HP 71/43’ glazing, which not only restricts light transmission but assists in achieving a highly efficient glazing system.  The glazing has a U Values of 1.1 W/m2K, which ensures that even in our east-facing elevation, the children will be in a comfortable, thermally efficient environment.

The building had to comply with the London Plan and thus offer a 30% carbon reduction. This was achieved by the use of passive design and free cooling, passive solar gain, MVHR and large-scale PV panels to generate electricity. The resultant design achieved a 36.24 % carbon reduction.

  • 36.24% carbon reduction
  • Thermally efficient environment
  • Highly efficient glazing system