St Luke’s is the first primary school in Britain to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. In contrast to the usual UK approach of adding sustainable features and micro-renewables to offset energy, at St Luke’s sustainability is integrated into design from first principles, creating a highly energy efficient, healthy and comfortable school. The plan and section work together to create a series of delightful and uplifting spaces, with exceptional daylighting, natural ventilation and an excellent acoustic environment, which enhance the learning environment. Children and teachers report that this enhances their enjoyment and their ability to concentrate and focus on their work
Carbon emissions are reduced by 60%, and both children and teachers report that the healthy, well daylit and naturally ventilated spaces enhance their enjoyment and ability to concentrate.The all timber construction is heavily insulated, with U values three times those required to comply with UK building regulations. Sustainably sourced natural materials with a ‘raw’ character – including homegrown Douglas fir cladding, and Cedar shingle roofs, are crisply detailed within a modern aesthetic. Timber and plywood finished with natural oils, are combined internally with linoleum and rubber flooring to create a calm atmosphere.