Starbank School, Birmingham

Starbank school was identified as an ideal candidate to become an all-through school. The proposal was to deliver a new three storey building which would meet local demand for places.

Due to the location of the existing site, there was a possibility that the planned works could impact on the amount of effective daylight in the classrooms. Therefore, it was important for the design to meet Education Funding Authority (EFA) criteria. We assessed our preferred solution by using computational fluid dynamics, IES software and daylight modelling Day SIM software.

The building also had a highly glazed external façade, which raised potential concerns over continual overheating. Our challenge was to keep the building naturally ventilated throughout, specifically in the classrooms, in line with BB101 criteria and the current Part L regulations.

We produced a cost-effective, low-maintenance and user-operated natural ventilation strategy.

Our design also incorporated passive measures to reduce the impact of external conditions.

  • Structural overhangs above the highly glazed areas
  • Internal blinds
  • Roof mounted atrium louvres
  • Heating – high level mounted radiant panels to alleviate the risk of cold currents
  • The design met the EFA criteria for climate-based daylight modelling and BB101 criteria for natural ventilation in educational buildings.
  • The entire design was delivered in BIM using Revit MEP (Mechanical, electrical & public health).

The building, which achieved an EPC rating of B -33, is light and colourful, providing a warm, welcoming and a much-needed learning environment for the local community.