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Mulberry Park, Bath

NDC were commissioned by Emtec Building Services to undertake the Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) design services for a new-build School and Community Hub buildings as part of a new regeneration scheme at Fox Hill in Bath. The School and Hub provides the centre point of a development of over 700 homes on this former MOD site.

The project combines a 210-role primary school, nursery and range of community facilities including a café, fitness suite, multi-functional spaces and enterprise space. Health facilities located in a more private location on the first floor directly adjacent to a break out space allows a variety of outreach health services to be provided.



The brief and design were developed with local community groups and fronts a new public square at the heart of the development.



The striking cantilevered forms of the building takes inspiration from the Mulberry Harbours that were used during the second world war. The selected brick reflects the tone and texture of Bath stone that define the character of the area. Copper alloy cladding has been used to highlight the beacon elements of the building.



NDC were responsible for the detailed design of the M&E services for the new School and Community Hub buildings, which were designed to incorporate passive design measures such as night cooling and natural ventilation heat recovery units, alongside underfloor heating and effective solar control measures. With the aim of providing two highly efficient buildings with low energy consumption and low associated carbon emissions.



The passive design was verified using our EDSL dynamic simulation software TAS, to accurately simulate the building thermal and energy performance and verify the natural ventilation strategy. In addition to this, NDC were responsible for undertaking the Building Regulation UK Part L (BRUKL) compliance reports and generation of the As-Built Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s).