'Eco' school moves closer

Plans for a new school on the Kingsbrook development, to the east of Aylesbury, are moving closer.

It comes with the help of £41.5million being released jointly from the national Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and Section 106 funding, and £3.5million from Basic Need funding.

Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Subject to planning approval we want to open an amazing and much needed 1,080 place secondary school, including a 32-place Special Educational Needs unit, on the Kingsbrook development.

‘The new building will have strong environmental credentials to help minimise the carbon footprint of the school.

‘The aim is to open the new school for the autumn term in September 2022 to meet the rising demand from housing growth across the town.’

Bill Chapple (pictured above), cabinet member for environment said: ‘The heating and hot water will be carbon neutral delivered via high efficiency air-source heat pumps. The roof area will have space for 204 square metres of PV panels, generating approximately 28,600 kwh/year.

‘The building emissions rate will have a 44% reduction in carbon emissions and will achieve the highest Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘A’. The operational energy will be below 60 kwh/sqm/year, considerably lower than a typical low energy new school building which is typically around 80 kwh/sqm/year.

‘The design of the building has also reduced embodied carbon emissions by use of timber-framed structural insulated panels that are used for all areas of external wall build-up.’