Official Opening takes place at Ruislip High School
An official opening ceremony has been held at Ruislip High School in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Designed by Scott Brownrigg the integrated community school excels in technology and business and the first phase was completed in just 21 months.
A sustainable approach has been adopted in the design of this building and the school is designed to reduce energy consumption whilst maintaining the optimum learning environment. The design responds with a compact footprint with teaching ‘barns’ as green fingers leading out from a central three-storey entrance and hub.
The building entrance is located on the dominant desire line for most students’ route to school, and is given further prominence by the overhanging timber-clad lecture theatre/drama space. Teaching wings reach out as fingers into the adjacent green space with long sloping roofs.
The design further responds to the local environment with the inclusion of sedum ‘green’ roofs and permeable paving throughout to control water run-off within the abutting local flood plain. The building is also fully naturally ventilated by the provision of special window-head permanent vents to all classrooms, enabling them to operate with closed windows due to high external noise levels. Natural cooling is achieved through automatic opening vents which allow cool night-time air to pass across the exposed concrete slabs.