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Folkestone Academy

Academy Lane, Folkestone

Consultant : Buro Happold
Contractor : MITIE

Costing £38m, and providing educational opportunities to 1500 pupils, the unique design of Folkestone Academy is by award-winning architects Foster + Partners.

Based on a new and progressive educational ethos, this design includes internal circular autonomous structures known as “Houses” and pupils are encouraged to identify and associate with each three storey House.

To unify the scheme, and the Academy as a whole, these Houses are grouped in a large, covered court area at the heart of the school. All other support facilities are around the perimeter of this internal court.

Equally, all building services are autonomous within each House, and the Alerton BMS System has a number of dedicated small control panels at roof level for local control. These are networked together to a central PC-based BMS Operator’s Terminal, which is also connected to traditional plant room control panels for the control of all primary services.

Total Control hold a Maintenance contract direct with the Academy and to meet their requirements we are particularly proactive in performance monitoring and BMS fine tuning.


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