Waingels College Woodley, UK
The design of Waingels College is innovative in both form and construction. Its driving concept is of the school as a community and its buildings as a village of learning spaces.
Four separate buildings frame the heart of the school, a village green. Three of these are pastoral bases or learning communities, while the fourth houses large, shared, communal spaces such as the assembly and dining halls. Each base has a smaller heart space for its own community – a large staircase that can be used as a forum for the pupils. Avoiding long dark corridors in favour of naturally-lit, interconnected breakout areas, spaces are open and flexible, encouraging cross-curricular interaction.
The buildings were constructed using a cross-laminated timber system as their structural base. This highly efficient envelope, combined with the incorporation of renewable energy technologies and intelligent passive design, will result in a 60% reduction in the school’s carbon emissions and a regulated energy consumption of just 42KWhr/m²/yr.
- Wokingham Borough Council
- 12,900 m2
- RIBA - Regional winner
- Sustain Awards - Shortlisted
- British Council for School Environment - Winner
- British Council for School Environment - Shortlisted