Progress at Grant Road has continued throughout the summer and the inside is now beginning to resemble a school. Internal walls now partition the space into nicely sized classrooms and labs. Despite the current material and labour shortages facing the construction industry, all is still on track to complete before Christmas in time to start the new term in January in our new home.
Much of the initial work on the mechanical and electrical services is complete including the installation of NVHR (Natural Ventilation Heat Recovery) units. These are clever boxes mounted in the ceiling of each classroom to draw fresh air into the room which is preheated by the warmer air being expelled. Linked to carbon dioxide sensors, these ensure that the classroom air supply is always fresh and at the correct temperature. Additional heating is provided by making use of the waste heat from a mini electricity generating station in the adjacent block of flats.
With environmental issues being high on the agenda, these are just some of the ways in which our new building will be energy efficient and environmentally friendly as well as being a very healthy place in which to be. There are many more measures like this as the new school will achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of Excellent putting it in the top 10% of new builds of its type.