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Crofton Design shortlisted in the BCI Awards 2013


Crofton is proud to be part of the design team for Hayes Primary School, shortlisted in the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards 2013 in the ‘Building Project of the Year (up to £3m)’ category.

As part of London Borough of Croydon’s IESE framework, Crofton Design was commissioned to provide building services and structural engineering design for the expansion of Hayes Primary School in Bromley, Kent.

Four new classrooms were required to accommodate 105 additional pupils, together with a new hall and a multi-function room. Additionally, new staff facilities, as well as new entrances for reception year children and the main school were also needed as part of the development.

With the planned intake of extra pupils, it was necessary to schedule the shortest possible construction programme on site. The ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ scheme was adopted, utilising the use of cross laminated timber framing for the superstructure to speed the completion of the building.

Under-floor heating was designed throughout the classrooms, along with perimeter trench heating to aid response time. In the two reception classrooms, a folding door was installed to allow ‘outdoor learning’ and encourage education in outside of the classroom all year round. Crofton’s mechanical engineers overcame the problem of heating these spaces through the use of radiant panel technology to heat classroom surfaces; maintaining a sense of warmth in winter months without using large amounts of energy.

Surveys were undertaken where the new classrooms and facilities joined on to the existing building to gauge their impact. New lighting and lighting controls were designed for the new extension, and daylight sensors were integrated into the lighting controls to help achieve energy savings and a good BREEAM rating. Fire alarm services were also extended into the new part of the school.

Commissioning Authority: London Borough of Croydon
Architect: Hayhurst & Co.
Engineer: Crofton Design
Principal Contractor: Kier Wallis

British Construction Industry Awards 2013