The first phase of campus redevelopment at Uppingham School in Rutland included the construction of a new two-storey sports centre. The 4,690 sq m facility provides a 25m pool, sports hall, dance studio, gym and associated amenities as well as a reception, catering kitchen and hospitality suites. Uppingham School's chief concern was to have a high-quality facility that incorporated sustainable features and reduced energy consumption.
Ramboll's sustainability consultants analysed the full development plan as part of a feasibility study to determine the overall energy strategy for the new campus. With district heating confirmed as a viable option, we set out the specification requirements for the tender of M&E services provision for the centre. Situated in the plant room, a combined heat and power (CHP) engine was recommended to provide low pressure hot water to other campus buildings following future expansion of the school's western quadrangle.
Other sustainability measures recommended includes the natural ventilation strategy which features windcatchers atop the gym. The sports hall windows open automatically at temperatures over 16°C and close during rain. Rainwater harvesting affords discharge water for toilets and energy-efficient lighting is installed throughout. Six banks of solar thermal tube panels produce hot water and feed the swimming pool. An air source VRV system provides heating and cooling, while underfloor heating in the ground floor, sports hall, gym and changing rooms, delivers a consistent temperature, resulting in additional energy efficiencies.
After carrying out a BREEAM assessment of the scheme design for the contractor — the project achieved a 'Very Good' —we also undertook the evaluation of the centre for its Energy Performance Certificate, awarding it a 'B' rating. All users of the facilities are able to observe the centre’s ongoing energy consumption via a screen in reception, fed by the building management system.