Academy, Bedford 

Project Highlights 

7 classrooms, offices, toilets and lecture theatre 
First floor extension above the canteen  
Construction area located in the centre of the campus 
Passivhaus design principles 

The Background 

The school has been one of the leaders in STEM locally and promoting women in science and engineering consistently over the years. 
The school received funding for a sustainable STEM block designed with a high levels of insulation, maximising the use of daylight, minimising energy usage and passive ventilation. 

Our Solution 

Working with Hawker Construction and Surveyors to Education we delivered a hybrid timber frame design (DfMA), manufacture and installation package with:  
fabric first approach removing renewable technologies  
extensive DfMA phase to design out complexity and risks 
precision engineered and manufactured to tight tolerances 
lightweight structure reducing loads and easing installation 
timed deliveries to maintain the 'live school' environment 

The Outcome 

The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre of excellence hub to inspire and grow the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists. 
high performance space exceeding local low energy targets 
close link between the ground floor and a first floor facilities 
minimal disruption and waste during installation 
achieved the design intent of the award winning architect  

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