The new Tintern Middle School provides a unique learning environment that blends with and complements the surrounding established native treed landscape, while visually opening up the classrooms to both corridor and outdoors.

This new modern learning environment for Years 7-9 has a conjoined wings solution that makes the facility and was largely born from and designed around the school’s parallel education philosophy where, for boys and girls at this level, classroom teaching is segregated to maximise their respective learning potentials. Natural daylight is encouraged through the use of glazing and translucent, light-diffusing Kalwall façade material. The Kalwall material is also highly insulating providing an efficient method of constructing low energy buildings.

Irwinconsult’s involvement showcases all disciplines of engineering. From the unique structural engineered cantilevered truss design that allows the building to float amongst the trees, to the natural daylighting and building energy modelling carried out by the ESD team. Civil engineering included creation of a rain watercourse between wings and complementing these was the services design (mechanical, electrical, fire and hydraulics) each of which designed solutions to enhance building energy efficiency whilst maintaining operational flexibility to the facility.

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