Located in the centre of the new Clay Farm urban extension to the south of Cambridge, the new Trumpington Community College was designed and built strongly featuring VELUX Modular skylights. Trumpington College opened in September 2016 and is the first new secondary school in Cambridge for 50 years. Aiming for 90% of students to arrive by foot, bicycle or public transport. Trumpington College provides 750 places and specialises in science which will meet the needs of the growing area where 4,000 new homes will be built in the next ten years.
The design internally is very compact, featuring:
- Two L-shaped floor plates overlap around a central heart space
- Corridors are kept to a minimum
- A large open staircase travels across three floors
- Cellular teaching spaces are combined with unstructured open plan areas
- Spaces which can be adapted for different size groups enabling individual or group learning
Trumpington College also has a specialist autism centre and sports centre with a vast astro turf area. After hours the college facilities are opened up for use by the local community.
Roofglaze selected VELUX Longlights for this project to give light and fresh air into the school. Staff can remotely operate the skylights whenever needed, tempered air is also brought in through a buried labyrinth. Double sided window glazing in the classrooms also help to provide natural daylight.
There were 19 VELUX Longlights with a 7 degree pitch installed in Trumpington College and 2 VELUX Northlights with a 64 degree pitch.
“At Trumpington Community College we were looking for a glazing solution that provided a sense of light and space while minimising glare in our open learning areas. The VELUX Modular Skylights that were designed and installed by Roofglaze have helped us to create an exceptional working environment…We are delighted with it!”
Andrew Hutchinson OBE, Executive Principal, Parkside Federation Academies
Work commenced in June 2014 and it was completed two years later in June 2016.
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