Trafford MBC were determined that the new school should be as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as the capital budget would allow, and this became a major driver in the environmental services design and solution. The services consultant, worked very closely from the onset with the Architect, advising on building form, shape and orientation. The classrooms all face south, thus maximizing the use of daylight and free heating by the planned use of passive solar gain. Sophisticated lighting controls ensure that the lighting is dimmed when sufficient natural daylight is present, and are switched off when the rooms are vacated. Two large solar collectors sit on the south facing roof to make full use of the suns energy throughout the year.