Baart Harries Newall is a design conscious, client orientated practice with wide experience in the design of public and commercial buildings, particularly in the fields of education, community/arts projects, office development, research establishments, housing and conservation work. We believe design is a participatory process which requires dialogue and discussion with clients and building users. This approach has resulted in a number of design awards and a growing client base.The practice has established a reputation for providing a high level of service to clients and this is reflected in a repeat client list including many local authorities and housing associations, The Environment Agency, Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Walford College and The National Trust.The practice is interested in reflecting modern values in historic settings, and in exploring how traditional forms can act as generators of contemporary architecture and is committed to an imaginative and rigorous approach to architectural design.Baart Harries Newall are able to offer both design excellence and a solid base of expertise and experience, developed through our work with a wide range of clients.Many of our projects are assessed by the British Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method. This Assessment method seeks to minimise the adverse effects of new buildings on the environment at global and local levels, whilst promoting healthy indoor conditions for the occupants. The assessment considers a wide range of internal and external environmental issues including energy and water use, renewable resources, sustainability, transport, comfort of occupants and ecology. We have attained BREAAM Excellent rating on three projects to date.We received the RICS Sustainability Award for the Harris Centre“ a new teaching facility at Walford College, Shropshire.
A new building that comprised 4 new classrooms, a geography laboratory, a common area for students and a staff room. It was part of their brief that the building should demonstrate a concern for sustainability – this informed the choice of external materials. It utilizes a 300mm wide double frame timber frame construction with full fill insulation with outer and inner studs separated to avoid cold bridging. The walls have a U value of 0.12W/m2K and the roof has a value of U 0.15W/m2K. The building achieved an air permeability of 3.8 m3/(h.m2) at 50 Pa. A Sedum roof which helps bio-diversity and slows stormwater. Roof cantilevers provide shelter and shade to the external walls and glazing on the south side of the building to avoid overheating in summer. In the morning passive solar gain warms the east orientated corner common room. Naturally ventilated at both high and low level. ensuring the classrooms receive good cross ventilation and south light.
A new 2.5 form entry Primary School (for 540 children) nursery, a Day Care Centre and community provision. No renewables were used, using thermal models sufficient passive measures were implemented into the design to reduce energy demand. A highly insulated building with 225mm insulated cavity walls providing 0.16W/m2K U-value, metal roofs having a value of U 0.15W/m2K combined with low air permeability rates to reduce building heat loss. The building is naturally ventilated. The school has high thermal mass to regulate internal temperatures and help future-proof against climate change. Low pitched roofs with overhanging eaves to provide shade to the extensively glazed classrooms. High efficiency lighting system with lighting controls. The design team were focused on reducing the actual energy demand of the building as opposed to satisfying a higher need for energy with on-site renewable energy generation. This approach results in greater savings in energy usage and CO2 emissions.