Early Years Centre, Wordsley, West Midlands


Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council


Floor Area (sqm)

Value (£m)

An ageing temporary mobile classroom asset at Fairhaven Primary School in Wordsley, West Midlands was in a poor state of repair and totally unfit for purpose. The running costs were excessive and unaffordable.

Dudley MBC approached etc Design Ltd to find a solution for the school that matched their requirements to provide a new dedicated Early Years Unit that included free flow access to outside learning and provided a far better internal environment with greatly reduced running costs.

The solution chosen was to follow Passivhaus design principles to provide a low energy building with increased thermal performance, very low air permeability, reduced thermal bridging and a full mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system.

The building is formed from twin timber frame insulated panels sitting on a heavily insulated concrete slab with continuous insulation up and into the mono pitch roof covered with a single ply membrane. Triple glazed windows and doors throughout complete the façade.

The new development provides a large 120sqm classroom with an office, disabled toilet, children’s toilets and a secure outside play space.

etc Design Ltd were appointed for both Architectural and CDM Coordinator role as well as providing the other design team disciplines required including; Structural and M & E Consultancy. Our services provided included the development of the client brief, scheme design to suit our Clients specific needs, obtaining full Planning and Building Regulation Approvals, prepare the technical design, tender documentation and Contract Administration through to overall project completion and handover.


etc Design Ltd
2 Carriers Fold
Church Road
West Midlands
United Kingdom WV5 9DH

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