Willmott Dixon gets start date for £29m special needs school

Grant Prior 6 months ago
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Willmott Dixon has got the green light to start a £29m net-zero carbon school build at Silverwood School’s Rowde campus in North Wiltshire to provide a high-quality environment for 350 SEND pupils by September 2023.

Enabling works to prepare the site will begin in February 2022 with the start of the main construction works in March after planning was granted this week.

To achieve net zero carbon in operation, the buildings will utilise biomass boilers and incorporate a large array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that harness renewable energy.

The school will also use Willmott Dixon’s EnergySynergy service, which models energy performance target data against actual ‘in-use’ performance for three years, ensuring energy use targets set out at design stage are met when operational.

Richard Poulter, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s Central South region said: “We are delighted that planning has been approved. Our team have been working with all stakeholders on a building that provides those learning within its walls with a state-of-the-art facility that also adds to the surrounding community and environment.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our business and through our 2030 ‘Now or Never’ sustainability strategy, we have pledged that by the end of 2030 all our new buildings and major refurbishments will achieve net zero operational carbon.  Through our work at Silverwood School, we are proud to be accelerating our commitment.”

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