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Conlon Construction lands contract for sustainable primary school in Leyland

Posted on - 9th August, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Leyland, Preston News, Redevelopment, Schools, South Ribble News
A digital image of the Seven Stars Primary School construction
Seven Stars Primary School

Conlon Construction will begin work this summer on the construction of a primary school in Leyland which is set to lead the way in sustainable school building.

Seven Stars Primary School on Peacock Hall Road opened its doors more than 50 years ago and will be fully demolished and rebuilt by Conlon Construction.

Dramatically improving the setting for its pupils, the development will bring the school to the peak of current standards in sustainability and as a learning environment. The build will be carried out in two phases, and the school will remain operational throughout the course of the project.

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Plans for Seven Stars include 10 classrooms within a part-two-storey, part-single-storey primary school, plus parking, landscaping and a new multi-use games area. The project is due to complete in late 2024.

A digital image of Seven Stars Primary School construction
Seven Stars Primary School

The school will be among the first 50 net zero carbon schools, in line with the Department for Education’s recent codes. Among the green initiatives built into the design are grass roofs, solar energy, high performance thermal insulation, passive ventilation solutions, air source heat pumps and no dependency on fossil fuels for heating or hot water.

Darren Lee, commercial director at Conlon Construction, said: “Meeting the net zero carbon in operation requirements is no mean feat, but we’re thrilled by the challenge and will be calling on our team’s extensive school building experience. We’re using innovative techniques and leading technology to create a learning hub that will not only support youngsters at Seven Stars Primary School to thrive in their education, but also protect the environment for the sake of their futures.

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“We’re delighted to be appointed to this transformational project and are committed to delivering a school that staff, students and parents can be proud of, whilst creating the next generation of carbon positive schools.”

Mike Mitchell, headteacher at Seven Stars Primary School, said: “We are thrilled at Seven Stars School to be part of a project that will ensure an exciting future for all our children and for the generations to come. Our vision has always been to put children first and this new development will create a learning environment that is fit for the future. We are especially proud to be among the first 50 net zero carbon schools in the country and we are looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our children, families and staff in our newly designed school.”

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