A unique environmentally friendly built school is set to open its doors to pupils in March.

Sheffield’s Anns Grove Primary School, one of the first in Yorkshire to be constructed predominately out of ecological material, is close to completion after 16 months in the making.

Leeds-based timber merchants Arnold Laver Timber World on Pontefract Road teamed up with SH Nicholson in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, to form part of the construction team involved with the building of theschool on Anns Road, Sheffield.

Arnold Laver supplied high quality timber cladding for outside sections of the school, while also providing a number of both internal and external doors.

Chris Stones, Branch Manager at Arnold Laver Timber World Leeds said: “The structure of the school maximises the benefits of timber and reduces the use of material such as steel and concrete.

“This was very much a Yorkshire effort and we were pleased to be a part of it. I’m sure the school can become a central point of the local community and provide children with a special place to learn.”

Anns Grove School in Heeley has used a unique environmental design, optimising orientation, natural ventilation and daylight to ensure a healthy teaching and learning environment that supports concentration and well-being.

The new building forms part of the Sheffield City Council’s programme of investment in school buildings.

Willmott Dixon are the main contractors for the build and site manager Stuart Evans added: “Where possible, self-finished natural materials have been used inside and out, limiting resource use and fit out, decoration and lifetime maintenance costs.

“Cedar cladding has been used for the walls and recycled denim jeans for the insulation. We have tried to use ecological material wherever possible.”

Arnold Laver has been working with SH Nicholson on a number of Schools developments, including Castle Rock High School in Coalville, while also agreeing to assist with the building of Telford School.

Steve Nicholson, Managing Director at SH Nicholson said: “We have a long-term relationship with Arnold Laver and we were delighted to work with them on this unique project.

“This is the first school of its kind and one which is expected to set the trend for many more years to come.”

SH Nicholson is looking to develop up to ten schools a year and are also involved with the regeneration of offices, prisons and sporting facilities across the country.

Arnold Laver Timber World has 14 branches throughout the country stocking a wide range of materials including softwoods, hardwoods, sheet materials, laminates and kitchens.

It also sells joinery and building products, offers nationwide delivery and an extra fast Call Collect service. A range of additional services is available including machining, timber treatment, panel cutting, routing and fabrication.

Picture Caption: Anns Grove Primary School during construction of its ecological friendly building in Sheffield.

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