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Baxi-Senertec UK has provided a combined heat and power (CHP) system for the recently opened Michael Tippett School.

The GBP7.6m special educational needs school, which opened last year, has been hailed as a successful example of how the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme can work to rebuild and renew the country’s education infrastructure.

The CHP system is playing a key role in both the services and the provision of special facilities.

It generates electricity for the buildings and simultaneously heats the hydrotherapy pool, significantly reducing running costs.

David Shaw, the company’s business manager, said: ‘CHP is playing an increasingly important role in buildings where there is a constant heat demand as it is a very efficient way of generating both electrical power and heating simultaneously.

‘Schools, in particular, are showing an increased level of interest in this approach as they look to shrink their carbon footprint – for both financial and educational reasons,’ he added.

The Michael Tippett School was designed and constructed for the London Borough of Lambeth as London’s first BSF project and was opened by secretary of state Ed Balls.

It provides a learning environment for around 80 pupils aged between 11 and 18 with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

The particular needs of the pupils were the key element in the design brief so specially designed features include a sensory room, a garden (which can be used as an external learning space), a hydrotherapy pool and spacious changing facilities with hoists.

Sustainability was at the heart of the design intent and the low-carbon engineering features were also made part of the education process, with the children encouraged to learn about the eco-friendly features of their new surroundings.

These include the cultivation of a green roof, the use of hollow-core spheres within concrete to reduce its volume and the provision of CO2 monitors in the classrooms.

The outside of the building features free-standing laminated timber columns spanned by vividly coloured metal louvres, which improve the internal character while also shading the classroom windows to reduce solar overheating.

Bailey Building Services of Reading has also ordered Dachs mini-CHP units from Baxi-Senertec for four schools in Harrow, where it is the design and build contractor.

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