Willmott Dixon has won a £13 million contract to develop one of the UK’s first zero carbon schools.
The London Borough of Islington has appointed the firm to develop the Crouch Hill Community Park with work set to commence on-site next month.
Willmott Dixon will provide new accommodation for Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, along with a new community energy centre and a refurbished building for the CAPE youth centre.
The firm says the new development will have a carbon negative footprint when in use. This will be achieved by the school sharing heat distribution from the new energy centre with adjacent housing.
The energy centre will use a biomass boiler and gas fired combined heat and power unit to provide the school’s heat and power requirements, while exporting excess heat to the adjacent Coleman Mansions housing development owned by Homes for Islington.
Willmott Dixon is working with a design team comprising of Penoyre and Prasad, AKT, Gifford and Whitelaw Turkington. The firm say that the school’s zero carbon credentials will see it achieve a BREEAM outstanding rating and it will be completed in summer of 2012.
Willmott Dixon director George Martin said: “As we work towards creating new buildings from 2016 that make no net carbon emissions, the new school at Crouch Hill Community Park will provide our industry with an important learning tool for a community-wide approach to low carbon energy that can be refined and developed on future schemes.