The Rocking Horse Nursery is designed as a Passivhaus. This describes an architectural standard for ultra-low-energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. The design principle, which originated in Germany, is estimated to achieve a 75% reduction in space heating requirements compared to a standard UK new build, through maximising the benefit of the building fabric and insulation. Passivhaus construction remains comparatively rare in the UK and the nursery will be among the first buildings of its kind in Scotland.
The £1.8m, 600 m² nursery is situated on the University’s King’s College Campus. It will have provision for 78 children and will be available to University staff and students.