Corde News

Corde completes its first project

A new science centre at St John’s School in Leatherhead is the first Corde project to be completed after the joint venture company was set up by ADP, AKS Ward and KJ Tait in 2014. This is the sixth project to be delivered under ADP’s masterplan for the school.

Created to bring clients the full benefits of an integrated design team operating within a single streamlined Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment, the Corde solution has resulted in a more coordinated design, with services integrated much earlier in the design process.

The new building provides laboratories, staff preparation rooms and a cloister connecting the building to the existing campus. A number of low energy design features are incorporated, including an exposed concrete structure to maximise the benefit of passive heating and cooling, natural and passive ventilation systems, night-time cooling and roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels. These panels will generate electricity for the school and permit the exportation of energy to the grid in low use periods, such as school holidays. The output from the PV installation and the energy performance of the building is displayed to inform the students and teachers with regards the building energy performance and as learning tool.

Early energy modelling of the building and integration of the data into a BIM (level 2) model maximised the benefits of this low energy technology.

The science centre has been designed to sit comfortably in the heart of St John’s School historic site.

The new building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the next generation of scientists.