Creating exciting environments to educate generations to come

RPS has created an extensive portfolio of projects and has forged strong, valued relationships with local authorities, universities, colleges, secondary and primary schools across the UK & Ireland.

We have worked extensively in all aspects of Education renewal and transformation, providing a full spectrum of design and complementary consultancy services. These projects have ranged from extensions and remodelling of existing facilities through to major new buildings and campus masterplanning. We are driving sustainable, environmentally conscious solutions to school design including Biomass, CHP systems and maximising natural ventilation and daylight throughout our projects.

We understand that we are not simply creating buildings; but are also striving to provide improved environments to help raise educational standards and enhance links to the local community.

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Case Studies

Endeavour Primary School

Endeavour Primary School, Hampshire Endeavour Primary School, Hampshire

Hampshire County Council

As part of their long standing partnering framework with Hampshire County Council, RPS designed the external environment for a brand new school.

Endeavour Primary School is part of a major urban expansion near Andover. The school for 420 pupils was awarded a 2012 RIBA Regional Award. RPS designs included new playgrounds, courtyards, wetland / wildlife area, sports pitches and car parking.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, RPS provided detailed design through to completion on site to ensure the delivery of hard and soft landscaping to a very high standard worthy of an award winning scheme.

The use of modern materials including pre-formed core ten steel edging, artificial grass and bespoke furniture provide a high quality external environment that compliments the contemporary building and interior design.

Hazeley Secondary School

Hazeley Secondary School, Milton Keynes Hazeley Secondary School, Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Council

RPS provided Building Services designs for a new, two storey, 11,900m2 secondary school.

The building contains classrooms, offices, laboratories and a library in the academic wing and a gymnasium, sports hall, music pods, dining room and kitchens in the sports and arts wing. The academic wing is set out on a regular grid with classrooms either side of a central corridor. The ends of each wing connect to a dramatic double height entrance foyer with overlooking balconies.

The gymnasium and sports hall dominate the arts wing with full height glazing in the dining area providing views over the city. The philosophy for the site was to provide natural and passive ventilation in the internal areas wherever possible to maintain the required levels of air-change rates and comfort, this was achieved in the classroom wing by the construction of a series of vent-stack towers to aid the circulation of fresh air.

Henley Business School

Henley Business School, Henley on Thames Henley Business School, Henley on Thames

University of Reading

RPS advised on Planning and Heritage / Conservation aspects of a programme of critical fire-safety upgrades at Henley Business School.

The college buildings are centred on a Grade II* Listed mansion ‘Greenlands’, formerly the home of W.H. Smith. The College grounds are owned by the National Trust.

RPS worked closely with the University and the project team to deliver a strategy involving fire compartmentalisation and new detection, alarm and emergency lighting equipment and replacement external fire escapes.

As it was demonstrated that the building could be evacuated in only seven minutes, a structured qualitative design review (QDR) process was adopted, following BS 7974:2001. This allows a pragmatic and flexible design approach to fire safety, based on risk assessment rather than on a reliance on the certification of individual components.

Coupled with rigorous assessments of the heritage significance of all spaces affected, this approach has enabled the Listed building to be upgraded with great sensitivity, whilst conserving the maximum amount of historic fabric.

Highfield College

Highfield College, Blackpool Schools BSF Highfield College, Blackpool Schools BSF

Eric Wright Construction

The school design is centred around a spectacular central atria which allows both natural daylight and ventilation to enter giving a spacious feeling to the building.

From inception, the team focused on passive design to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting and cooling whilst also promoting exemplar levels of thermal insulation and air tightness. The ventilation system utilises the central atria as the so called ‘Lungs’ of the building. Individual classrooms are served with fans that transfer air from the central atria to ventilate the space accordingly.

Other low carbon features include:

LED Lighting

Solar Thermal Hot Water


Heat Recovery on Air Systems

Exposed Slab for High Cooling

Gas CHP for base heat load

Underground earth duct for cooling/heating of incoming fresh air

Underfloor heating

Passive chilled beams

Mixed mode ventilation

Daylight & Occupancy Controlled Lighting

The building secured an EPC Rating of ‘A’ and a design stage BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating.

University of Manchester

University of Manchester, Learning Commons University of Manchester, Learning Commons

The University of Manchester

RPS provided a range of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering designs for the new Learning Commons which 50,000ft2 of technology rich space for the University.

The building is a 24 hour, seven days a week operation accommodating up to 1,000 students and support staff. The design of the building services provides a flexible operation to accommodate the large fluctuations in occupancy levels and subsequent demands on the building services.

The ventilation solution provides a mixed mode operation with automatic opening windows. Heating is provided by a decentralised energy centre on the campus which has district heating mains serving the building.

Much emphasis has been placed on keeping the space to an open plan layout and thus promoting natural ventilation and lighting. A central atria allows both natural light and air to enter the space and act as a ‘thermal stack’ to drawing air naturally.

Overall it is the intent to improve on ECON54 by 50% for a conventional college and the team worked closely with the University IT department to review low energy PCs with remote hard drive technology.

Wirral Metropolitan College

St Bedes and Byron 6th Form College Wirral Metropolitan College


Peel Developments

DBK has delivered employer’s agent and cost management services on this innovative project, which was dedicated to the building of a new college campus, situated on the waterfront, where the courses provided focus on ways to train local students in construction.

The new campus, dedicated to delivering training and education for construction and the built environment, also includes a skills and enterprise centre for local employers. The college’s employer service facility, that already supports over 1,000 businesses, will be based on this new campus, which, as a whole, has been developed to play a key part in the regeneration of the wider economy.

The design of the college is used as a learning tool for the students and, therefore, incorporates best practice from the industry. The project won RIBA’s 2016 Architecture Award.

In support of the aim to train students, this project was part funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

RPS acquired DBK Partners Ltd in April 2016.