Wates begins construction on three net-zero schools in UK

WCN Editorial Team 27 Sep 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction firm Wates Group and the Department for Education (DfE) have commenced construction on some of the UK’s first net-zero schools.

The schools include Lytham St Annes High School, Whitworth Community High School and Littleborough Community Primary School and Nursery.

These are the first schools to be constructed as part of the DfE’s 10-year Schools Rebuilding Programme.

They are part of a batch of six schools that were awarded to Wates Construction in January last year through DfE’s modern methods of construction (MMC) Framework.

The company stated that it will use a component-based school-building kit, Adapt system.

At Lytham St Annes High School in Lancashire, Wates will deliver a two-storey main school block and detached sports hall. Work on the school is expected to be completed in 2023.

The new Littleborough Community Primary School in Manchester will be a two-storey building on land within the existing Littleborough campus.

It will include 14 new classrooms, a new sports/assembly hall, a 26-place nursery, a library, multi-use games area (MUGA) and a 420-place primary school providing 60 places for each year group.

The Whitworth Community High School will be a new 750-place secondary school in Lancashire.

It will include construction of a two and three-storey main teaching block, which will feature classrooms, main hall, specialist technology spaces.

Wates stated that about 70% of the building’s pre-manufactured value (PMV) will be built using offsite manufacturing techniques.

Additionally, the building will feature heat recovery systems, biosolar green roofs, roof-mounted photovoltaics, sustainable drainage systems, offsite engineered thermal envelope and electrical car charging points

Wates education director Gary Campbell-Dykes said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Department for Education on this exciting and innovative project, delivering one of the first net-zero schools in the UK.

“The construction industry has a huge role to play in helping meet the country’s ambitious climate goals, and this marks an important step in our journey towards achieving net-zero.”


Rendering of Lytham St Annes High School in Lancashire. Credit: Wates 2021.

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