Chiltern Academy

An illustration of Chiltern Academy
  • Client: The Chiltern Learning Trust/Luton Borough Council
  • Architect: Jestico and Whiles
  • Value: £17m
  • BREEAM: Very Good

Chiltern Academy is a new EFA, 8-form entry academy for Chiltern Learning Trust and Luton Borough Council. It opens in 2018 and is intended to meet rising local education demand. The site is close to Luton Airport, beneath its flight path and with a trunk sewer and HV electricity cables running across it. We developed a mechanical ventilation solution which meets the EFA FOS requirements, whilst keeping the windows closed, and without requiring mechanical cooling, except in IT-intensive spaces. It includes a Multi-Use Games Area – football pitch and large car park.

The project presented several challenges, particularly its location on the Luton Airport flight path which made noise an issue. Full mechanical ventilation was required, but there was an expectation to avoid cooling where possible. It meant that we conducted extensive modelling with building physics advice. Full BIM Level 2 was also a requirement of the project and the local planning authority targeted 10% renewable energy use.

Our M&E design included ventilation that can operate satisfactorily with the windows closed, to meet noise requirements. The addition of a PV array provides renewable energy and will reduce energy bills. The school is required to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and our sustainability team is leading the BREEAM alongside our building services design.