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Silverwood School, Rowdeford

  • Client:
    Wiltshire Council
  • Architect:
    AHR architects
  • Value:
    £19.25m

Silverwood School is intended to create a new exemplar all ages SEN school for North Wiltshire, bringing together children and staff from a number of existing older SEN schools in the area.

The new development expands upon an existing school in the grounds of a listed former manor house at Rowdeford and includes a substantial new build element of approximately 8,000sqm which is designed to be “carbon neutral in operation” as defined by the Green Building Council UK. The Passivhaus methodology is used to guide and assess the design to ensure that energy consumption is minimised.

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The building fabric is highly insulated and sealed and ventilation is provided by means of mechanical systems with local demand-based control and highly efficient heat recovery and fans. Space heating and hot water are provided by means of heat pumps to avoid the use of fossil fuels. Predicted on site energy consumption is entirely offset by means of on-site Photovolatic (PV) panels.

The new buildings include both primary and secondary teaching accommodation, a kitchen and dining facilities, a hydrotherapy pool and new science laboratories, food technology, DT and art classrooms.