The Henderson Centre
The Henderson Centre is a state of the art building at St George’s College providing Sixth Form group and silent study rooms, social space, five History and five Geography classrooms, staff offices and meeting areas. The building has been designed with a curved finish that matches the surrounding landscape and neighbouring building. Students will benefit from spacious, naturally light, high spec teaching areas and Sixth Form students will enjoy the bespoke and comfortable surroundings of their new social area which includes a large viewing balcony overlooking the beautiful school grounds.
Externally, students can relax and socialise in the newly landscaped gardens. The building has been designed and constructed with the environment at the forefront incorporating features such as solar heating for hot water and a top of the range air cooling and heating system to minimise emissions and provide a comfortable year round working environment
Building features: design
Contemporary curved design
Large naturally lit corridors open to full building height
Outside space coming inside with continuous paving from the external area through the internal
Oak interiors features – doors, handrails and
Contemporary styled toilet accommodation
Building features – external
Spacious landscape gardens providing social areas on a terraced design
Contemporary planting schemes
Mature trees planted
Feature railings and lampposts
1910-2010 water feature
Newly cedar clad and rendered exterior to the Woburn Sports Hall
Existing mature oaks trees
Building features: IT
LCD display screens around the building
Centrally controlled networked computers
Power and data are distributed via a suspended floor system thus giving the maximum flexibility for future changes in technology.
Classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards with integral projectors.
Building features - environmental
94% building waste recycled during construction
Solar water heating is provided to supply hot water to the toilet accommodation.
The building is heated and cooled using air source heat pumps which extract heat from the ambient external air and use this to either provide heating or cooling to the teaching spaces.
Air from the teaching spaces is transferred to the central corridor thus providing heating or cooling to this area before being removed via a heat exchange extract system. This renewable energy high efficiency system is combined with a highly insulated building with air tightness well below building regulation requirements to provide a low carbon building.
The classroom lighting is dimmable with daylight linked photocells and absence detection thus automatically adjusting lighting levels dependent upon the amount of natural daylight and switching the lighting off in the event of the classroom being unoccupied. Toilet lighting is switched using presence detection.