The Heath School

New school design creates one unifying structure, built to the highest standards.

The Project

The Heath School needed a number of urgent improvements to ensure the learning environment was a positive one, but had battled with delays for almost ten years. Ryder’s plan to bring all disparate buildings under one roof, with specialisms structured into clearly defined and easily navigable academic, STEM and sports zones, was finally approved in 2016.

A new 9,515 m² three-storey school block with sports facilities was constructed to accommodate up to 1,050 pupils and 200 sixth formers. By replacing the old structure with state-of-the-art, climate controlled classrooms and improved facilities, the school could aim to raise their OFSTED rating to ‘Truly Exceptional’. 

Kingspan Kooltherm K103 Floorboard, Kingspan Thermapitch TP10
Ryder Architecture
Groundworks Contractor:
Murraywood Construction Ltd
It was essential that building materials were tried and tested in addition to having excellent thermal performance and the Kingspan Insulation products met these requirements. The Kingspan Insulation products helped us to minimise the building’s energy consumption.

Gareth Callen - Partner, Ryder Architecture
All construction materials for this project were of a high standard to not only help meet the school’s commitment to its target BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, but also to ensure that they work efficiently for the life cycle of the building. To accomplish this, the school was planned using passive design features that could be successfully implemented within budget. 

1,720 m² of Kingspan Kooltherm K103 Floorboard was specified for the ground floor insulation of the new school. With a thermal conductivity of 0.018 W/m·K across all thicknesses, products in the Kingspan Kooltherm K100 range are the most thermally efficient insulation products commonly used. This allows room heights to be maximised without compromising the thermal performance.

Kingspan Thermapitch TP10, was also installed as part of the roof construction. The higher performance pitched roof insulation has a thermal conductivity of 0.022 W/m·K, helping to thickness and weight of the roof construction.

Both products have been assigned a Green Guide Rating of A+ which helped contribute towards the award of credits within the BREEAM assessments. 

The Kingspan insulation boards were delivered to site ready to install and were also easy to handle which meant little disruption to the parts of the school still operating during construction. The lightweight fibre-free core is non-deleterious, and the boards can be cut to size with a sharp knife or fine-toothed saw, making it quick to fit. This allowed the contractors to mitigate some of the concerns of residents who were worried about access constraints and traffic build-ups in an already busy area. 


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