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Coventry school doubles it capacity

New community primary school opens in Coventry following significant regeneration programme

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 11, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

The new £5 million Edgewick Community Primary School, designed by IDP Group, provides a contemporary learning environment for up to 420 pupils from nursery to year six, doubling the capacity of its previous building. Greenways has designed the mechanical and electrical services to meet the preferences of the school’s management team while optimising energy efficiency to reduce running costs in a scheme installed by Daly Engineering Services.

The LED lighting system includes a DALI-based fully addressable control system, including daylight dimming, absence detection and independent switching for each room in the building. The reception and circulation areas also have timer controls to enable lighting to be permanently on during hours of occupation but switched off automatically at the end of the school day. External lighting includes column mounted lights in the car park and wall mounted lighting on the external facades.

Power is supplied by two 800kW boilers along with a CHP (combined heat and power) unit with a 14.4kW thermal output and 5.5kW electrical output. The CHP contributes to the low pressure hot water feed for the heating system, which comprises ceiling panels in the classrooms and radiators in the offices.

Greenways has designed controls for both the heating and the school’s natural ventilation turrets into a building management system, based on summer and winter settings with motorised actuators linked to both temperature and CO2 sensors to control the ventilation. The BMS is monitored centrally by Coventry City Council.

Coventry City Council also stipulated the inclusion of a sprinkler system in the building services design for the school and this forms part of a suite of safety and security measures within the mechanical and electrical installation, including a level one analogue addressable fire alarm, an intruder alarm, a fob-based ingress and controlled egress door entry system and video access control for the car park.

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