Ahead of pupils arriving after the summer break, staff from our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices took the opportunity to have a look around the fantastic facilities available at East Lothian Councils newest facility, Wallyford Learning Campus!

Commissioned by ELC through the Hub South East Scotland with Morrison Construction as the main contractor, the project was the first project in Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP) to reach site. The buildings design has taken a holistic approach to energy efficiency both in terms of building fabric and operational building service systems to achieve carbon reduction targets.

The building has a well-insulated envelope which exceeds mandatory requirements and minimises air leakage through good practice design and construction to achieve an airtightness target of 3/h/m2@50Pa. Window formats throughout have been carefully considered to optimise the natural daylight and thus minimising electric lighting requirements whilst low G-Value glazing has been introduced where required to minimise unwanted solar gains to the occupied spaces.

Home to the new Rosehill High School, the building strives to create a comfortable environment for its users whilst making use of efficient plant and systems to minimise energy use. High efficiency LED lighting has been provided throughout on a control system which enables dimming, absence detection and daylight linked switching where appropriate. Ventilation to classroom areas is provided through MVHR systems with low specific fan powers to minimise energy consumption whilst delivering excellent indoor air quality.

The building also satisfies ELC’s Local Development Plan policy ‘SEH2: Low and Zero Carbon Generating Technologies’ (LZCT) which requires the Building Emissions Rate to be reduced by 15% compared to the same building without LZCT inclusion. Heating & Hot water will be provided through a combination of CHP & PV technologies included within the design with onsite electricity generation via the PV panels expected to generate in the region on 60,000kWh annually therefore reducing the need for grid electricity.

Pupils of Rosehill will also share the fantastic new facilities with the Wallyford Community Centre, users of the Acorn Hub Adult Centre and pupils of The Brae SCN School of Excellence to create a truly intergenerational building at the heart of the village.

For more information on this project: https://jmarchitects.net/wallyford-learning-campus/

Credit: Adelle Jess, jmarchitects Edinburgh

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