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Thornhill Primary School is located on the northern periphery of an existing residential area and is the focal hub of the rapidly developing new residential lead masterplan. Our proposals separate the nursery to Year 1 and Year 2 to Year 6, with the existing school catering for the early years, and the new build school hosting the later years. Our plans present the school as a single facility through a carefully designed external landscape and strategically planned external connections between the two buildings. These internal and external teaching spaces have then been designed to enable alternative methods of learning and offer a platform for evening/ summer events for the school community.




Through joint efforts between our Project Managers, Architectural and Cost Consultant teams, and working collaboratively with Central Bedfordshire Council, we have successfully implemented Passivhaus principles and sustainable construction materials with the scheme.


Achieving Passivhaus standards has ensured the quality of construction, provided significant benefits to the whole life cycle cost, reduced the financial running costs and improved thermal comfort and indoor air quality.


Materials (specific CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)) were selected for their low embodied carbon and both materials and buildings were considered for their possible future uses and recyclability.


In March 2022, the school underwent and successfully passed airtightness tests with excellent results. An Air Change rate of 0.42 Ac/hr means the school will be a superbly performing school creating an ideal learning environment. As of July 2022, the school has been certified to the Passivhaus Classic building standard by the Passive House Institute.



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Central Bedfordshire Council


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  • Award 


Pagabo Awards 2021 –Best Project Delivering Sustainable Outcomes


Shortlisted: The Structural Timber Awards 2022 for the 'Low Energy Project of the Year' Category


Shortlisted: The Schueco Excellence/ Architecture Today Awards 2023 in the Education building category


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