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Moorgate Primary Academy in Tamworth was the first of eight schools to reopen in the West Midlands

Latest £40m PSBP schools batch from maber

Maber, a top 100 UK architectural practice, has been busy delivering a £40 million schools batch in the West Midlands

Posted by Hannah Oakman | July 16, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

This is the third batch of schools the architects have secured through the government’s £4.4 billion flagship priority school building programme (PSBP).

The West Midlands batch consists of two new secondary schools and six new primary schools developed from a ‘kit of parts’ toolkit specifically configured to represent best value for money for this regional school redevelopment programme.

Maber worked with Interserve, the international support services and construction group, on its first PSBP batch collaborating from first concepts to develop a standardised school design for both primary and secondary schools.

Using off-site construction techniques, maber has designed an efficient building type which can be delivered within a shorter timeframe than traditional construction projects.

The Structural Insulated Panels system selected for this programme provides a fast-track solution which is scalable to suit the relevant sizes of the projects to deliver efficient buildings with low running costs and low C02 emissions during the lifetime of the school.

Working collaboratively with the modular construction company, maber has led the process of creating standardised details and designs to respond to the very different school briefs and site constraints.

The fast-track construction techniques have seen the buildings enclosed quickly whilst achieving excellent levels of air tightness and increased thermal performance. The approach has significantly reduced preliminary costs as well as reducing energy consumption.

Moorgate Primary Academy in Tamworth was the first of eight schools to reopen in the West Midlands. As a result of the £2.4 million construction project, the school’s old buildings have been replaced with a two-storey building with bright new classrooms and modern features, including an energy-efficient mixed mode ventilation system. A dance studio is also included, which will be available to the public for community use.

Jonathan Williams, Headteacher of Moorgate Primary Academy, said: “As the sample school for this section of the PSBP, we were heavily involved at all stages of the design brief. The discussions we had were lengthy and I felt fully a part of them. The result is exactly what we aimed to achieve at the outset; a 21st century facility for learning and a school building that all associated with Moorgate can be proud of.”

Steve Basran, Associate Director at maber, said: “We are delighted to be involved in delivering these excellent new facilities across the West Midlands and hope the added value designs provide quality teaching environments that allow learners to excel and have a positive effect on the wider communities they serve.”


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