Project Insight

Education

Client: Leicester Building Schools for the Future (BSF)
Location: Soar Valley College, Leicester
Sector: Education
Contractor: Miller Construction
Service: Air Tightness Consultancy / Air Tightness Testing
Background

This ‘Exceptional Centre of Learning’ was developed under the government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme; an initiative providing UK authorities with funds to invest in the educational needs of all students. As one of four educational developments to benefit from Leicester’s £235 million BSF grant, Soar Valley College was built to provide 1,275 pupils with high- facilities in strictly sustainable surroundings.

Project

Stroma was commissioned to ensure that the college achieved its air tightness target of 5m3 /hr.m2 @50Pa. From the outset of the project, our team of air tightness testers provided design consultation and advice. Following a comprehensive review, Stroma conducted a series of detailed onsite audits, in order to identify any problems during the construction process. After paying a final visit to the school one week prior to the test, to ensure all preparations were complete, Stroma performed a UKAS accredited air tightness test.

Outcome

Designed to a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, the college possesses extensive renewable installations, including solar thermal hot water, photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine, and large biomass boiler. With mixed-mode ventilation and a high efficiency heat recovery system, the development achieves 20% of its energy generation on-site whilst sustaining a low-energy consumption level.