Revealed plans for garden village and zero carbon school

Revealed plans for garden village and zero carbon school

Revealed plans for garden village and zero carbon school

Sky Primary and Eden Project Nursery - a one form of entry primary school and nursery - will be built as part of the West Carclaze Garden Village.

24th March 2021

By Natasha Swift

This is the first glimpse of one of the countrys first ever net zero carbon schools which is planned for the outskirts of St Austell.
Sky Primary and Eden Project Nursery - a one form of entry primary school and nursery - will be built as part of the West Carclaze Garden Village.
A planning application for the school is due to be submitted to Cornwall Council by the end of the month.
As part of the planning process for Sky Primary and Eden Project Nursery, the Department for Education, Caledonian and Stride Treglown are running a two week consultation asking the views of residents.
The free school, which is a pathfinder - being one of the first government net zero carbon schools to be developed in the country - will be a mixed, non-faith school for ages three to 11, offering 210 pupil places and 26 nursery places.
The consultation explains: The proposed school to be developed by Caledonian, on behalf of the Department for Education, forms an important part of the Garden Village and its local centre. The delivery of the school is tied into the outline planning permission and linked legal agreement between Eco-Bos, which is developing the Garden Village, and Cornwall Council.
The DfE has selected the project as a pathfinder to achieve Net Zero Carbon (NZC), and to improve sustainable school design. The school has been designed to allow for a future expansion, to convert to a two form entry primary school.
The proposed design achieves NZC, which means the building is designed to use less energy during school hours than it can generate annually with on-site renewable energy. This has been achieved by reducing the amount of energy required to run the building, alongside building fabric enhancements. There is no reliance on offset energy. Whole life cost of materials, improved health and wellbeing and a reduction in water usage and wastage, have also been part of the design process.
Key design features include improved natural daylighting throughout, with increased window area, sunpipes and solar shading, stone and timber used as external materials to reduce embodied carbon, and external structure for PV panels and outdoor teaching.
Heating and hot water will be delivered through heat pumps and there will be landscape features such as space for a kitchen garden and rainwater harvesting as well as a native pollinator planting proposal to enhance biodiversity.
The plans say high volume, young tree planting will absorb up to 40 tonnes of CO2 over the lifetime of the school, which will be easily accessible by walking and cycling from within the Garden Village, with cycle and scooter shelter provision.
Anyone who wants to comment on the development of one of the first government delivered net zero carbon in operation schools in the country at West Carclaze can email planning@kernowlearning.co.uk
Kernow Learning say the expected date of opening is September 2022 or sooner.

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