Engineering Services for Buildings


Sybil Andrews Academy


The Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds is a brand new high school for 900 students. The buildings comprise the main Energy Centre, a Teaching Block incorporating classrooms over two floors, and the Heart Block which houses a commercial grade kitchen, science rooms, art rooms, IT rooms, a library and a main hall over two floors. On the site, there is the potential of further expansion with provision to build a further three teaching blocks and therefore further enhance the capacity of the school to support 1800 students.

The mechanical and electrical services for the school include a wood pellet biomass boiler installation rated at 1MW within the Energy Centre. This in turn serves an external distribution system for the site heating mains to each of the buildings and future buildings, along with gas and water mains as required. Heating is via plate heat exchangers in each building fed from the district mains serving fan convectors, radiators and air handling plant. There are hot and cold water services with booster break tanks to the science rooms and hot water via condensing gas fired water heaters. Gas pipework also serves the kitchen and science rooms incorporating gas proving systems to each room. The classrooms, main hall and library are all heated and ventilated via a heat recovery arrangement and roof mounted air handling units. Cooling is provided for the IT and computer rooms through heat recovery units containing cooling/heating coils to heat pumps on the roof.

LED lighting and associated controls including daylight linking and dimming is installed throughout the new buildings and externally. Small power and data is taken to every teaching space to serve the needs of a modern day educational facility. Other services include data switches, fibre links, class change, tannoy system and all AV equipment and projectors in each teaching space. Lightning protection, fire alarms, disabled refuge, disabled WC alarms and portable induction loops have been provided throughout the complex with 80kWp of photovoltaic panels sited on the two roofs of the teaching blocks. Security to the facility is by means of an integrated intruder alarm, access control, vehicle barrier, intercom, and CCTV systems.



Mechanical and Electrical Contractor


Suffolk County Council

Main Contractor:

Barnes Construction




£4 million

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Sybil Andrews Academy - Moreton Hall Phase 1_1