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Bedford Modern School, Bedford

Project value

£7 million


Project size

2,674 sq m


Bedford Modern School

Project BREEAM rating

Very Good

About the project

Construction of a new build Scott Brownrigg-designed science block. The central focus was to transform science teaching and learning at the school by replacing outmoded facilities with a single building comprising state-of-the-art flexible laboratories and support spaces.

The design concept dedicated a science specific subject to each floor level. Across the three floors a total of 17 teaching laboratories wrap around a central atrium “nucleus” with a feature staircase.

The school campus electricity, gas, mains water and telecoms infrastructure were upgraded to accommodate the 17 science laboratories in the new building.

Understanding the challenges

Engineering services included laboratory gas supplies and fume cupboard ventilation, LED lighting, a gas-fired heat-raising plant with underfloor heating, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and solar photovoltaic panels. The entrance reception also incorporates a ‘regenerative energy’ floor system, which converts kinetic energy from pedestrian movement into electrical energy for use within the building. The building was designed and constructed to achieve a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.

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