Chancellor Park is a purpose-built primary school which opened in September 2004. Faithful+Gould provided sustainability services and specialist advice on energy conservation for the project, and also provided cost management services. In 2005 Chancellor Park received a Civic Trust award.
The design for this school was driven by a sustainability agenda from the outset. Sustainability priorities informed the overall building concept, the level of energy consumption, the materials specified and the façade of natural timber that is clearly visible along the approaches to the building. Sustainability measures were worked into design features and these will be used as part of the curriculum to aid education about sustainability. The sustainability challenge was to create a low carbon, low waste project with A rated products, within a challenging affordability envelope.
Chancellor Park Primary School won a prestigious Civic Trust Commendation Award in 2005.
The Civic Trust is a charitable organisation that aims to encourage high standards of planning and architecture. Civic Trust Awards are awarded to projects of the highest quality design, but only if they are also judged to have made a positive contribution to the local environment and helped improve the places where we live. Chancellor Park Primary School was judged by the Civic Trust to have made a valuable contribution to the local environment and played a positive part creating a more sustainable community. The school has exceptional energy management systems and heavily insulated cedar board cladding on the north elevation to make the building fabric energy efficient. Daylight factors exceed 2% throughout and the building is naturally ventilated. A façade of natural timber stretches around the building to form an energy efficient, aesthetically attractive sustainable skin with an organic profile. Laminated timber beams are used for structural elements, and recyclable finishes were specified throughout.