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Leicester City Council – Full M&E and Energy Efficiency Services

Leicester City Council originally planned a new primary school for 450 pupils to replace the existing Taylor Primary School; however, the capacity of the new building was expanded to 700 after the Government organisation Sure Start estimated there would be more than 1,000 primary school children living in the catchment area by 2010

Scope

Full M&E and Energy Efficiency Services

Client

Leicester City Council

Main Contractor

Willmott Dixon

Value

£1.5M

Completion

August 2009

Services Provided by J Tomlinson

M&E, Energy Efficiency

Project Background

Leicester City Council originally planned a new primary school for 450 pupils to replace the existing Taylor Primary School; however, the capacity of the new building was expanded to 700 after the Government organisation Sure Start estimated there would be more than 1,000 primary school children living in the catchment area by 2010. It was an important consideration by the City Council that the new school development was highly sustainable and achieved a BREAM “Very Good” rating. Another critical requirement of the new development was that it met a tight 24 week schedule, starting in March 2009 and completing in August 2009 ready for the increased school intake of that year.


J Tomlinson Solution

Following competitive tender J Tomlinson undertook the design and installation of Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Services for the new purpose built Primary School facility. Our brief was to supply innovative solutions to assist student concentration levels but would also aid the school’s move away from a reliance on fossil fuel energy. These solutions included a District Heating Scheme (with possible conversion to biofuel CHP), rainwater harvesting, leak detection and wind catcher natural ventilation to all of the school’s 22 classrooms. We also supplied natural light solutions to the building via more than 45 internal glazed screens and 15 rooflights and sunpipes to assist in enhancing the learning and teaching environment and helping the building achieved its green credentials. Additional sustainable features supplied included a Gilberts CO2 controlled ventilation system in all of the classrooms. The sophisticated system monitors the level of CO2 in the rooms and alters the natural ventilation accordingly to enhance the student’s cognitive function.


Project Achievements

  • Achieved BREAM “Very Good” Rating – in line with the Council’s requirements.
  • Our M&E services were delivered on time and on budget – Our services were completed in 24 weeks (commencing in March 2009 and completing in August 2009) helping with the overall timely delivery of the project for the new school intake.
  • The building achieved The Times Education Supplement award for “Outstanding New or Refurbished School”.
  • Rated as “One of the most sustainable primary schools ever built in Leicester” by Green Building Press.
  • It was reported that student behaviour improved following the move to the new school. Staff considered the design and operation of the building had a calming effect on the student behaviour.