Falmouth School

The new build extension of the Falmouth School design and technology block, was part of the Sorrell Foundation's 'joinedupdesignforschool' programme, where the pupils were given control and responsibility as the client.

The building has given the school a new landmark and improved teaching space for design and technology.

The students' brief asked for environmental excellence and the initiatives in this low carbon project included modern methods of construction, energy-saving initiatives and sustainable materials.

Falmouth School

Carbon Calculation

  • KLH cross-laminated timber volume for the Falmouth School is 67m3
  • KLH panels removed approximately 53.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 4.3 tonnes of emitted CO2 from transporting the KLH panels from Austria to Falmouth
  • Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the transport therefore shows a 'nett gain' of 49.3 tonnes (CO2 removed from the atmosphere)


Ultimately, the timber superstructure for Falmouth School contains approximately 16.1 tonnes of sequestered/stored carbon.


Falmouth School

Project Details

Project Value:  £500,000

Project Dates:  2008

Services:  Supply and Erect

Timber Volume:  67m3

Build Period:  3 days


Falmouth School

Design Team

Architect:  Urban Salon

Engineer:  Techniker

Contractor: Cowlin Construction

Falmouth School



International Green Apple Award for the Built Environ­ment

RIBA Award for Architecture

LABC South West Award, Best Education Building

Winner of the Wood Awards, Off-site Construction Award