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Maplefield Special Educational Needs (SEN) School

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Northamptonshire County Council

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Lend Lease

Architect/Quantity Surveyor: 

GSS Architecture

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Building Services Design

Achieving a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating for a new SEN school



In line with its commitment to improve the provision of Special Educational Needs (SEN) facilities, Northamptonshire County Council wished to build a new primary and secondary school in Corby that would cater for children aged 3-16.



Maplefield was one of the first schools to be built using the newly revised Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF) criteria for Carbon Emissions Reductions (60% lower than 2002 allowed levels). Energy efficiency and a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating were key objectives.



Appointed to design the building services for the school, we ensured that the project achieved the desired ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, meeting the carbon emissions targets through a combination of biofuel boilers and solar thermal panels.


All M&E services were designed to utilise the latest low energy services and incorporate passive energy building techniques, including natural ventilation with heavy thermal mass, power factor correction, voltage reduction, fluorescent and LED lighting, low energy system pumps and fans. The building also featured additional sustainable initiatives such as a sedum roof and rainwater harvesting



Maplefield SEN School is now an inspiring, efficient environment that is transforming special needs provision in north Northamptonshire, while also meeting the toughest environmental standards.