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Kings School Worcester – The Keyes Building

J Tomlinson were successful in securing the design and installation of the Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) services including renewable technologies, for a new school building at the privately funded, King’s School in Worcester.


Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Design and Installation to a new Sports and Performing Arts Centre - ‘THE SPACE’


The Kings School, Worcester

Main Contractor

Kier Construction




April 2015


Associated Architects


Leeds Environmental Design Associates

Key Features

• Passivhaus Level 1 Project including; Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed in Tariff (FIT) schemes
• BREEAM ‘Excellent’
• Bespoke electrical and lighting installation
• Biomass Boiler and Heating System
• Building Management System (BMS)

Project Background

King’s School, Worcester is an English independent co-educational school re-founded by Henry VIII in 1541.

In 2015, J Tomlinson was successful in securing the design and installation of the Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) services for the school’s newly-built Keyes Building. The building was specially developed to house a sports and performing arts centre, which would feature a multi-use sports hall, dance and drama studios, sixth form centre, a 12m indoor climbing wall, and a basement car park.

The aim of the project was to create healthy, enjoyable, low-energy and sustainable learning environment which would help pupils and staff develop and fulfil their potential.

J Tomlinson's Solution

Achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’

Following close collaboration with the school and the project’s main contractor, J Tomlinson implemented renewable technologies into its bespoke solution in order to reduce the building’s impact on the environment and minimise running costs. These included a wood pellet biomass boiler and heating system, LED lighting, a large array of solar PV, and a rainwater harvesting system. Energy efficient lighting was implemented throughout, and featured occupancy and daylighting controls. In addition to this, architectural lighting systems were incorporated within many areas.

Passivhaus design standards were adhered to with a view to reducing the energy required for heating and cooling, whilst creating excellent indoor comfort levels all year. This was a particularly critical requirement for the sports hall. The ventilation strategy saw the inclusion of both electrically-operated window actuators linked to the Building Management System (BMS), as well as a generous number manual-opening windows for the provision of rapid ventilation to reduce overheating within teaching spaces on hot days.

The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating due to its many environmentally sustainable features.

The project qualified for the government Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed In Tariff (FIT) schemes, providing long-term income and sustainability benefits to the school.

On-time delivery

The project was delivered to an exceptionally high standard and completed in time for the school to host its grand opening of the new building, which attracted more than 1,500 parents, pupils and visitors and generated shining reviews. The Keyes building is the culmination of a twenty-year vision by the school and has opened up views of Worcester Cathedral, which had previously been obscured by buildings and trees.

Project Achievements

  • BREEAM ‘EXCELLENT’ PROJECT – the many sustainable features implemented by J Tomlinson saw the school achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’


  • ON-TIME COMPLETION – the project was completed on time and to a high quality finish. J Tomlinson ensured a smooth handover process which was aided by in-house training and the creation of easy-to-use operational manuals for the new systems implemented as part of the project


  • A COMFORTABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – J Tomlinson’s M&E solutions were specifically designed in order to create a comfortable learning environment for students, staff and visitors