Peab has secured a contract worth $11.3m (NOK117m) from Ørsta Municipality to construct a new school in Norway.

The new school will be constructed beside the current Velle School in central Ørsta that does not have enough room.

The 4,400m2 three-storey school building will be built for grades five to seven, with each grade having their own entrance ways.

It will accommodate more than 100 students in each grade.

The company stated that a great deal of care is being put in designing the outdoor areas and schoolyard.

The school building will be situated to protect the nearby nature and preserve natural biotopes and ecological diversity.

To be connected to the district heating, it will have waterborne heating.

Peab region manager Kjetil Nordang said: “We’re very pleased that we can continue to build in this area and use the expertise we’ve garnered from other school projects here. The school will be a big boost for the local community.”

The company said that the new building will be constructed as per the Passive House Standard.

It also noted that several environmental measures, including material which can be recycled or broken down for reuse, are part of the construction project.

Ørsta Municipality project manager Frank Flusund said: “Peab has carried out several turnkey contracts for Ørsta Municipality previously, most recently Sæbø School and the pre-school that opened in October this year.

“We’ve worked well together and we receive a lot of good feedback regarding Sæbø.”

Construction work on the project is scheduled to commence in February next year, with completion anticipated by the summer of 2024.

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Illustration of the new school building in Ørsta, Norway. Credit: Sporstøl Arkitekter/ Peab.