Luton Sixth Form College, Luton
We were appointed by Luton Sixth Form College to undertake the design, feasibility and AIP bid for the Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health services for the new 15,000m2 sixth form college. The existing sixth form college was demolished with a new low energy college built on the site.
The colleges commitment to sustainability is proven by the implementation of 28 ground source heat pumps which deliver a massive combined output of 1.5MW. Several of the pumps are reversible and as well as heating can provide a total summer cooling capacity in the of 712kW.
The heat pumps are served by an open loop borehole system with water being distributed in a site ring main to a 1MW heat exchanger.
Through careful design co-ordination a ‘Termodeck’ system was proposed due to its passive, low energy solution, this works alongside underfloor heating and traditional air handling units.
The new college supports an increase in demand of 2300 students with the campus delivering a 20% increase in space on a reduced overall footprint.
The college furthers its green credentials with a flood containment area under the sports pitches, solar gain and glare is reduced by brise soliel, rainwater harvesting and irrigation is harnessed and the design team have maximised natural light and ventilation.
The college includes indoor and outdoor sports pitches, restaurants and extensive AV Theatre.