Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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School Hall and Teaching Block, St Edwards School
QODA carried out the design of the mechanical, electrical, and sustainability strategy for this mix use development at St Edwards School. The facilities comprised of a 1000 seat hall, library, link areas, and teaching spaces. The project is located within an existing quad and required careful design to interface with the adjoining and closely located existing buildings. Innovative solutions were required to accommodate the significant mechanical services in the hall and natural ventilation was designed for the teaching areas and library.
Our most recent and significant project at ACS Hillingdon involved the design for five sections of work totalling a construction value of approximately £5m. Works involved a rooftop extension to provide heavily serviced science lab facilities as well as refurbishment and main infrastructure upgrades to existing teaching accommodation within listed and non-listed areas of the school. Prior to completion of the extension all, existing services – cold water tanks, AC plant, and electrical distribution serving the main school – were replaced. Careful co-ordination, enabling / phasing strategies, and planning of work around the live environment were all addressed as part of the design development.
Idea Building, ACS Egham
The Ideas Building provides additional teaching accommodation for ACS Egham. The intention is to create a new, whole school, 21st-century learning resource and teaching centre designed to support the IB curriculum, co-located with diploma grade teaching facilities and an SEN unit.
As part of this a dedicated Specialist Education Needs (SEN) unit additional support is offered to students at specific points in the timetable. The inclusion of the SEN spaces in the new building represents a desire to bring them into the heart of the campus in a more visible location. Within the plan for the building, SEN is positioned to offer some privacy, in accordance with advice from teaching staff. These spaces are sized using the recommendations from BB103. The loose furniture will be the differentiating element between these areas and conventional teaching spaces.
New Boarding Houses, St Edward’s School
Following on from the appointment for the Lecture Theatre project, QODA were appointed as part of a team to design two new boarding houses at St Edward’s School. These boarding houses were sensitively located within the southern side of the campus adjacent to the sports fields. Each boarding house accommodated 70 bedrooms, House Masters Flats, Common Rooms and other ancillary accommodation. QODA carried out a detailed infrastructure and renewable energy strategy as part of the early concept works, ensuring the agreed solution met the clients and local planning requirements.
Existing Dormitory Refurbishment, ACS Cobham
Following the success of the new boarding block, QODA undertook the design for the second phase of the accommodation programme which involves the refurbishment of their existing dorm to house younger years of the school. The most challenging element of this project was maintaining occupation of the building whilst refurbishing and renewing all existing services. QODA were responsible for developing a services and refurbishment design which split the building into three phases.
New Dormitory, ACS Cobham
The student experience at ACS must be to the highest standard which is reflected in the recent completion of the 120 bed boarding scheme at ACS Cobham. QODA were appointed as a part of a multi-disciplinary team led by Broadway Malayan Architects following the completion of a strategic campus masterplan. Energy efficiency, consistency in high quality finishes, workmanship, and the speed of construction to allow early occupation were also essential drivers for the school. For these reasons, a modular construction was adopted, allowing all bedrooms and standardised areas to be constructed and fully fitted-out off site.
Wycliffe Preparatory School
QODA were appointed to provide design and consultancy services as part of the Architect led design team producing the school’s master development plan. This included the design of several buildings including a new £2.5m teaching block, reordering of the Lower Prep School, and providing additional sports changing facilities.
King’s Bruton Music School
QODA have been appointed as M&E Design Consultants for the construction of a new Music School at King’s Bruton. The project will provide all of the School’s musical facilities, including teaching & rehearsing space, a recital hall and a fully equipped music technology suite. Our sustainable energy solutions include a combination of natural ventilation, displacement ventilation and underfloor heating, with significant emphasis on providing acoustically appropriate environments.
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
QODA have been appointed as M&E Consultants for the new Performing Arts Centre at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls. The project involves the demolition of the existing gymnasium to construct a facility that can accommodate the Music, Dance and Drama departments. Our sustainable energy solutions include a combination of natural ventilation, displacement ventilation and underfloor heating, with significant emphasis on providing acoustically appropriate environments.
Rugby School, Dayhouses Project
QODA have been appointed as M&E Consultants for the Rugby School, Dayhouses project. The project consists of an extension of two existing Dayhouses to form: a new winged shared Dayhouse, two first floor dining halls, commercial kitchen, two common rooms and a library at ground floor level. All of the accommodation and halls will face onto a central landscaped courtyard. It is important that the services strategy has flexible solutions which make suitable internal conditions and thermal comfort using naturally ventilated spaces where possible and a low noise design.