Nucleus building wins award

We are delighted to announce that the Nucleus building at Hayesfield School, for which the ModCell® panel system was the main building elements for the external walls as well as the roof, has won the BaNES Design Quality Award 2012 in the public/commercial category.

Hayesfield Girls’ School is a Technology College with an emphasis on innovation in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The award-winning design incorporates an efficient layout of labs and classrooms arranged around a 'super lab' and double-height learning resource centre, and allows the school to extend its provision of STEM teaching through an integrated approach to learning.

Sustainability is a key driver for the new building which visibly demonstrates low energy design, construction, materials and use to all users and act as a learning resource, demonstration model and catalyst for sustainable thinking and initiatives for the whole school.

The building is built from a versatile and efficient straw bale cladding system eliminating the need for a separate structural frame and increasing speed of build on site through pre-fabrication.

An ‘A-rated’ Demonstration Energy Certificate (DEC) has been targeted by maximising passive performance through a highly efficient envelope enhanced by low energy use products and services, but critically through an ongoing consultation with the school user group that enhanced understanding of the way that the building can be most efficiently operated.

The project was handed over to the school in September 2012.

Green Energy Awards 2013 - 'Best Energy Efficiency' category
'Gold' Green Apple Award 2013 - The Built Environment and Architectural Heritage' category
BaNES Design Quality Award 2012
LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Design Quality Awards 2012: Winner for the Public/Commercial category