John F Kennedy School

Location Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Services Building services engineering and sustainable design
Sector Education 
Client Diocese of Westminster
Architect Perkins Odgen Architects
Imagery © Perkins Ogden Architects

Adrian Roche

T +44 (0)20 7438 1600

The John F Kennedy School is one of the largest Catholic schools in Hertfordshire. Cundall was appointed to provide building services and sustainable design for the school’s sports and teaching block, which consists of state-of-the art badminton facilities, a music suite with recording studios, art classrooms and display areas, a drama room, dance studios and a library.

A natural ventilation strategy was adopted for the teaching and library spaces with an air conditioning system installed for the music suite. A biomass boiler provides the base load heating for the building, and the electrical services infrastructure is designed to facilitate the installation of wind turbines or a photovoltaic array.

Cundall worked with the architect to develop the form of the building to optimise natural ventilation. The large library space on the ground floor utilises cross-flow natural ventilation, while the perimeter rooms utilise single-sided natural ventilation. Cundall's team determined both the location and size of the opening vents for the natural ventilation and informed the choice of glazing to help limit solar gain.

The sports hall element received grant funding from Sport England to become a Centre of Excellence for badminton, which meant specific design considerations had to be adhered to. For example, the requirement for purely artificial light is at odds with providing good daylight for school sports use, so blackout blinds were required. In part, this dictated the ventilation solution, so a mechanical supply to control air distribution and passive exhaust were selected. Underfloor heating complemented the solution by allowing clear walls around the hall.

The local authority required a 10% CO2 emissions reduction to be provided from a renewable source, and the energy assessment carried out indicated that a biomass boiler would be the most cost-effective means of achieving this reduction.

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