New Devon primary wins national sustainability award

Photo of Loddiswell Primary

Posted on: 5 November 2019

A new primary school in Devon has won a prestigious national award for sustainability.

The new £2.9 million Devon County Council primary school at Loddiswell has won the award for innovation.

The building has been commended by Spaces, the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying.

The Society says the school has a zero rating for carbon emissions, even when it’s in use
In its commendation, the Society says: “Loddiswell’s new four-class school falls entirely within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“The combination of a large number of innovative and sustainable concepts in the delivery of the project impressed the judges.”

They said the building has a highly efficient thermal envelope and a design that maximises natural daylight and natural ventilation.

Other sustainable features include the provision of air source heat pumps for heating and hot water generation, equipment to recover heat from the kitchen ventilation and photo-voltaic panels.

This has all helped to achieve an A+ energy performance score resulting in a zero carbon in use facility.

The school was designed by Devon County Council’s joint venture property services company, NPS South West and built by the Midas Group.

Cllr John Hart sat at a desk

Cllr John Hart

Devon County Council leader John Hart said: “I am really pleased with this award which recognises our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.

“I would particularly like to thank the Harvey family who donated the land for the school as part of the planning process for the neighbouring new homes.

“When I was the councillor responsible for schools in Devon, we drew up a list of 15 schools we wanted to replace and this was the last of them to be built so I am personally delighted with the national recognition the school has achieved.”

Photo of Councillor James McInnes

Cllr James McInnes

Devon’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “It was a real community effort to get this new school built and I want to congratulate everyone who played a part. It’s a real feather in their caps.

“We will certainly be taking the lessons we have learned into our other school projects across the county.”

Photo of Councillor Rufus Gilbert

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Local county councillor, Rufus Gilbert, said: “I can’t tell you how delighted I am that this wonderful school community has received this prestigious award.

“I know they will be delighted and honoured.”

Executive headteacher, Sue Jezard, said: “We are extremely proud of our fantastic new school and its surrounding environments. It is an absolute pleasure for the children and staff to work in such a beautiful, innovative building.

“Our new school is a beautiful yet highly functional school building, with its innovative design and sustainable footprint. All of the children have embraced the sustainability and environmental opportunities that are provided by the building and its grounds.

“We are extremely fortunate to be learning in such an innovative, aesthetically pleasing environment- a school fit for the 21st century.

“A huge thank you to Claire Wakely and her team from NPS and to Devon County Council for creating such an inspiring building for us all to learn in.”

The operations director for NPS South West, Al Robinson, said: “I’m delighted that the NPS project team have deservedly been recognised for what is a truly innovative design. It is a stunning building that delicately interacts with the surrounding landscape- all due to the hard work of those that were involved.

“We are already incorporating the lessons from this project in future schemes and this further highlights NPS and Devon County Council’s continued commitment to minimising our impact on the environment. It is a huge success story for the joint venture and the pupils have a brilliant space to be educated in.”

1 comment on “New Devon primary wins national sustainability award

  1. Jonathan Davis says:

    Great work DCC, nice to see the whole life cost of ownership being considered rather than the cost of construction meaning another value engineered, poorly performing school!
    So pleased for all involved and for the wider county, this is a great benchmark, lets bring all the other schools up to this standard!

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