Bouygues UK awarded London’s first Passivhaus School

Bouygues UK announces that it has been awarded a £5 million contract by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for the refurbishment of Stebon Primary School. The school will be the first Passivhaus School in London and only the sixth in the UK to be delivered under the highly sustainable Passivhaus standards, which are more traditionally used in house building.

Under the contract, Bouygues UK will undertake the refurbishment of existing facilities, together with the construction of a new extension to the school. Throughout the project, the company will work closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to deliver a school that when complete, in December 2014, will see the children of Stebon Primary learning in some of the greenest classrooms in the UK.

Passivhaus schools’ high levels of daylight and improved indoor air quality have been shown to make children more attentive and to improve learning. In addition, high levels of insulation have also proved to dramatically reduce energy consumption and heating bills for the school. The new extension to the school will have annual energy consumption 67 percent lower than a typical new build school, together with a 65 percent reduction in carbon emissions each year.

Arnaud Bekaert, Managing Director of Bouygues UK’s London and South East Construction team, said:

“We are very proud to be delivering the first Passivhaus School in London. Stebon Primary School is an excellent example of Bouygues UK’s commitment to continually seek out and use innovative green technologies, materials and construction techniques.”

Jeremy Iver and Joanna Franklin, co-heads of Stebon Primary School, said:

“We wanted a school that was simple, environmentally-friendly and created a comfortable educational environment for the children. The Passivhaus design meets all of these needs and, in fact, exceeds them.”

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, added:

“Education is one of our top priorities and this project will provide much-needed extra school places for local children and create an improved learning environment. We are delighted to commission the first school in London being built to the Passivhaus standard.”