HIGH HAM CLASSROOM
When Somerset County Council proposed that the school’s temporary Portakabin classroom be replaced, the school were adamant that they wanted a sustainable permanent building.
Arco2 were commissioned to be the architects and DCRS Construction the main contractor. The building is highly insulated using straw bales in the walls and wool in the roof and floor. It has a sedum roof reducing water run-off and the western red cedar decking area provides a great covered area which is used as an additional teaching space during warmer weather.
A Glulam framework sits on concrete pads avoiding the need for strip foundations. Structural I beams for all joists and rafters minimised timber usage. It is naturally lit and ventilated with a sensitive solar design. Local or low embodied energy materials are used throughout.
The DCRS Construction team worked closely with the client to bring the build in within budget and with minimal disruption to the school.
High Ham Primary School was the RICS Awards 2007 winner in the category of 'Sustainability'.