Harris Academy Purley

Project Description:

The project involves the refurbishment, part demolition and reconstruction of the existing school. The BREEAM excellent rating for the project considers a raised access floor with underfloor heating providing enhanced flexibility, energy efficiency and comfort. The development makes use of its semi-rural location by employing natural ventilation for the majority of the building. The natural ventilation strategy relies on using strategically located ventilation/light shafts, exposed slabs and night cooling to reduce the building running cost and environmental impact.  Where essential, active cooling systems are provided by air source heat pumps. The building hosts an impressive array of photovoltaic panels which will reduce the carbon footprint by as much as 29% (calculated according to Part L) and with the recently introduced feed in tariffs will provide a guaranteed RPI linked financial income for the next 25 years. The new build element of the building will achieve an EPC rating of an A.

This £20million refurbishment and extension was handed over in September 2012.