New 6th form centre and extension for John Cabot Academy in Bristol

A new sixth form centre and enlarged dining room extension were added to John Cabot Academy in Bristol. The design was driven by environmental considerations including daylighting, ventilation and high levels of insulation.

External view of full height glazing and timber cladding and timber louvres to John Cabot Academy 6th form centre External view of full height glazing and timber cladding and timber louvres to John Cabot Academy 6th form centre
New 6th form centre and extension for John Cabot Academy in Bristol

A new sixth form centre and enlarged dining room extension were added to John Cabot Academy in Bristol. The design was driven by environmental considerations including daylighting, ventilation and high levels of insulation.

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Hetreed Ross worked with the school to analyse the accommodation and use of space to find the optimum location for the new sixth form centre and larger dining room.    The crisp and simple form of the new accommodation is both similar to the existing school and identifiably itself in its environmental finishes; green oak cladding, oak louvres to the south windows, high-performance double glazing, and stainless and galvanised steel detailing. Dining area walls are fully glazed to maximise daylight and transparency. Further environmental aspects of the project include: rooflights; pavement lights at first floor level; sun pipes and Windcatchers naturally ventilating even the deeper spaces; underfloor heating; high levels of insulation including recycled newspaper.

Structural and services engineering & QS:  Buro Happold

Contractor: Jotcham and Kendall

Hetreed Ross worked with the school to analyse the accommodation and use of space to find the optimum location for the new sixth form centre and larger dining room.    The crisp and simple form of the new accommodation is both similar to the existing school and identifiably itself in its environmental finishes; green oak cladding, oak louvres to the south windows, high-performance double glazing, and stainless and galvanised steel detailing. Dining area walls are fully glazed to maximise daylight and transparency. Further environmental aspects of the project include: rooflights; pavement lights at first floor level; sun pipes and Windcatchers naturally ventilating even the deeper spaces; underfloor heating; high levels of insulation including recycled newspaper.

Structural and services engineering & QS:  Buro Happold

Contractor: Jotcham and Kendall

Hetreed Ross Architects are RIBA Chartered Architects and Environmental Designers, for Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and the South West. AECB, EASA and Green Register members.

© Hetreed Ross Architects 2021

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