Trim Community School


Trim Community School is a school for 825 students amalgamated from two smaller schools. The contract value was about  €6.3 million.

The school was earmarked from the start by the Department of Education and Science to be a low energy project. Extensive detailed dynamic thermal simulations of the buildings, its fabric, occupants and systems were carried out by Overy & Associates throughout the design process to reduce energy consumption using the state-of-the-art simulation tool DEO2.1E from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, California. Economic calculations were performed based on the results to pick options which could be built within the normal cost limits for second level schools. Energy conservation was achieved through:

 - Condensing gas fired boiler
 - BMS
 - Other innovative control systems which maximum energy efficiency whilst optimising student comfort    levels
 - Innovative whole-school ventilation enhancements to heat circulation spaces without heat emitters and increase air freshness in classrooms
 - Variable speed drive pumps
 - Low energy high frequency lighting throughout
 - Water conservation systems

The school includes classrooms, and specialist rooms for science, metalwork, woodwork, construction studies, art, home economics, music, languages, computers, dress design, etc, and a large PE hall. Part of the school was a renovation of a Victorian listed building.

Architects: McCullough Mulvin.
Structural Engineers: O'Connor Sutton Cronin
Quantity Surveyors: Bruce Shaw Partnership