Bouygues to build £5 Passivhaus school in London


Bouygues to build £5 Passivhaus school in London


As outlined in the contract, Bouygues UK will renovate existing facilities and build a new extension to the school.


In collaboration with London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Bouygues deliver a school that will accommodate some of the greenest classrooms in the UK.


The school will be the first school in London to comply with Passivhaus standards and only the sixth in the UK. Traditionally, Passivhaus standards have been used for residential developments.


In general, Passivhaus schools’ high levels of daylight and improved indoor air quality have been proved to have a beneficial effect on childrens’ learning.


Additionally, high levels of insulation have also been shown to significantly reduce energy consumption and heating bills for the school. Bouygues has estimated that the new extension to the school will have annual energy consumption 67% lower than a typical new build school, together with a yearly reduction of 65% in carbon emissions.


The scheme is scheduled for completion in December 2014.


Arnaud Bekaert, managing director of Bouygues UK’s London and South East Construction team, said: “We are very proud to be delivering the first Passivhaus School in London. Stebon Primary School is an excellent example of Bouygues UK’s commitment to continually seek out and use innovative green technologies, materials and construction techniques.”


Jeremy Iver and Joanna Franklin, co-heads of Stebon Primary School, said: “We wanted a school that was simple, environmentally-friendly and created a comfortable educational environment for the children. The Passivhaus design meets all of these needs and, in fact, exceeds them.”


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