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What is the anticipated timescale of the project?

The current proposal is subject to planning permission. Once permission has been acquired, we aim to commence building work in Easter 2020. We hope to see the building operational for the start of the 2021 Michaelmas term.

Where will the Dyson Building be?

The proposed building will be based on our Senior School site on the North side of the Cromer Road. It will be based between the Chapel and the main reception building.

Which subjects will be taught within the Dyson Building?

The new space will have an immense impact on the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education that our students receive, now and for decades to come.

Will there be any common spaces within the Dyson Building?

The proposed building will include outside teaching spaces providing flexible multi use areas that can be used as outdoor classrooms, and can also function as social spaces for quiet recreation and socialisation. The provision of these spaces will ensure we have a campus where people can come together to share and exchange ideas in social learning spaces.

What considerations are being made to ensure the building is sustainable?

Sustainability is key to the design.

Whilst construction materials with low environmental impact shall be chosen, natural ventilation throughout the building and the installation of photovoltaic panels and ground source heating pumps, will ensure high energy efficiency during its use. Sun control and shading devices will be introduced and improve the natural lighting quality across the day. The new building will seek to avoid conflict with the County Wildlife Site and explore opportunities to deliver new green areas and outdoor spaces to the benefit of amenity and biodiversity. Green screening will help to naturally regulate the temperature of the building. Typically, all classrooms facing south shall have more solid panels than the ones facing west, north and east to reduce the building’s peak heat. Sustainable landscape. The landscape and planting design seeks to increase net biomass on campus through increasing the total number of trees, increasing the formal lawn, introducing substantial areas of green walls, green louvres and a sedum roof. Tree species have been selected in accordance with advice from the project ecologist to maximise benefits for wildlife. In consultation with the project arboriculturalist and specialist tree pit consultants it has been confirmed that tree planting within the building envelope is technically achievable and will require some planting and maintenance techniques to ensure their longevity.