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WILMOTT DIXON CONSTRUCTION Doors Open At Leicester’s Most Sustainable Primary School

Tuesday 22nd September - Willmott Dixon Construction has completed what it believes is one of the most sustainable primary schools ever built in Leicester.

Taylor Road Primary School, Leicester’s largest purpose built primary school, is packed with features that includes natural ventilation to all of the school’s 22 classrooms, which helps concentration levels and reduces reliance on fossil fuel energy.

Designed to accomodate 700 pupils and up to 90 staff, the £9m school also benefits from a large amount of natural light with more than 45 internal glazed screens and 15 rooflights and sunpipes to enhance the learning and teaching environment. Even its main component is a sustainable timber frame. Sourced from sustainable managed forests the timber has less embodied carbon than most other materials.

Additional sustainable features also include a gilberts ventilation system in all of the classrooms. The sophisticated system detects the level of CO2 in the rooms and brings in fresh air accordingly.

The new school replaces the existing 1930’s school where space was at such a premium that the playground was even located on the roof of the building. The new and improved Taylor Road Primary School now incorporates soft and hard play surfaces, a MUGA sports pitch, wildlife area and even an outside classroom. Internally the building accommodates a 7.5m high sports hall with exposed glulam beams and a purpose built library to hold the school’s 13,000 books.

Peter Owen, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Construction Midlands, Comments: “We passionately believe that it is our responsibility to deliver projects that are sustainable in every sense of the word and Taylor Road Primary School is no exception. We are proud to have created a building that will leave a lasting and positive environmental and economic legacy for present and future generations.”

Willmott Dixon Construction celebrated completion of the building with an offical handover ceremony to welcome pupils back to the school. Ross Willmott, Leader of Leicester Council and Sir Peter Salisbury MP were joined by head teacher Chris Hassall to mark the special event.

The school is aiming for a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ Rating. BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.

Email: kimberley@watermarkpr.co.uk


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