The goal was to offer a holistic ventilation and acoustic attenuation solution. This was made possible from the considerable consultancy experience and sectorleading
knowledge of Price and Price’s partner Breathing Buildings. The initial task of finding the optimum ventilation solution involved in-depth flow modelling, and
laboratory analogue techniques, to explor e the various air flow characteristics within the proposed building. At this stage it became clear that a ventilation solution
that met the BB101 summertime overheating criteria was also likely to result in the school having fewer than 40 hours a year above 28 degrees Celsius and thereby
qualify the building for an additional BREEAM point (a UK measurement rating for gr een buildings). To take into account the large glazed areas in the roof and façade,
a relatively large ventilation ar ea (45 square metres of free area) was suggested, allowing for successful implementation of the large areas. By partnering with
Parsons Brinckerhoff from the initial design phase, the completion of the mathematical and laboratory analogue water bath modelling resulted in a specification which
they added right into their drawings.
“The quality of air, and the improvement in the environment in a building with exceptional air and light quality has set new standards for schools. Our students, staff,
parents and visitors all comment on the refreshing change from the institutional air they have always experienced in public buildings.”
-Paul Kelley, Monkseaton Head Teacher
In addition to the 22 classrooms linked to the atrium using the NVA units, bespoke units were designed and supplied for those rooms with limited access to perimeter walls.
S-1500 NVS units were used in the roof to help the building ventilate.