Scilly pupils enjoy Monodraught natural ventilation and daylight
Natural ventilation and lighting is provided by Monodraught systems for the new school on St Mary’s island for the Isles of Scilly’s 280 pupils aged from three to 16 years. The building is mainly single storey and has large areas of glazing. A focus for the design of the school was keeping things simple to that maintenance of services such as ventilation and lighting could be managed locally by islanders. With this in mind, design-and build contractor Kier, Grainge Architects and building-services designer Hulley & Kirkwood selected Monodraught to provide a strategy for natural ventilation and daylighting.
The £15 million project includes 20 Windcatcher Classic natural-ventilation systems four Windcatcher X-Air natural-ventilation systems, 22 Sunpipe natural daylighting system and eight Suncatchers, which combine the principles of the Windcatcher and Sunpipe systems.
The systems serve classrooms, two science laboratories, food-technology and textiles classrooms, corridors, an office, staff room and sports hall.
Other environmental initiatives in the school include air-source heat pumps as the main heat source, solar-thermal hot-water system and three rainwater recovery tanks.