Oak Meadow Primary School

Architype Architects, Wolverhampton, 2011


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Passivhaus primary school for 420 pupils that is one of the first non-domestic buildings in the UK to be certified

The school, which is built over a disused mine workings, is constructed from a timber frame, all windows are triple glazed and the building has high level of airtightness

Newspapers were collected in schools during the construction period and used for insulation material in a layer that wraps the entire building, including the building slab. The ground beneath the slab was remediated with stone Vibro columns.

The main hall has been designed to quickly and easily become a performance space with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

The artwork within the school has been created by the pupils, including engravings on the timber frame and the main staircase.


  • Begun: Sep 2010
  • Completed: Oct 2011
  • Floor area: 2,400m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £5M
  • Address: Ryan Ave, Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, WV11 2QQ, United Kingdom

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