Bushbury Hills School

Architype Architects, Wolverhampton, 2011


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Passivhaus primary school for 240 pupils that is one of the first non-domestic buildings in the UK to be certified

The school 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. Concrete piles and ground beams are fully isolated from the slab by the insulation layer, which also provides a bearing for the external brick cladding.

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: 1,900m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £4.1M
  • Procurement: Traditional JTC
  • Address: Old Fallings Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 8BY, United Kingdom

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