Growing Communities: Sustainable Education Buildings


New thinking in education buildings is the subject of the second seminar in Wood for Good's 'Growing Communities' series. Insights into innovative processes and case studies on notable buildings are included.

Meeting the shortfall of 256,000 school places by September 2014 is driving the need for a rapid building programme which is economical, yet does not compromise the creation of new, inspiring learning environments. The Coalition Government’s Priority Schools Buildings Programme aims to meet the challenging requirements under squeezed budgets.

Having to build quickly at lower costs, without sacrificing quality or sustainability, has resulted in an increasing number of schools turning to timber construction.


Wayne Riley of Mouchel will discuss Hackney Local Education Partnership’s continuing Building Schools for the Future (BSF) development programme which is utilising timber construction throughout the borough.

Craig White of White Design will showcase the “Paxton”, a sustainable off-the-shelf primary school design concept available through the “Scape” procurement framework.

Alan Dowdall of Ramboll will give a project presentation on the Alec Reed Academy, Northolt, West London. This project expands on the original iconic building (by Foster + Partners) to include a new Early Years Primary Unit and specialist secondary school facilities, designed by Architects Co-Partnership. Both new buildings use a combination of CLT and glulam to form the structure and architectural features.

Aurélie Cleraux of Bouygues UK will discuss the UK's first Passivhaus School - Stebon Primary School, London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Cleraux will explain the green technologies, materials and construction techniques that were instrumental in delivering this project.

The event is FREE but registration is essential