A new school is a rare and positive landmark, especially in Leamore – a part of the borough more often known for its demolished buildings and burnt-out pubs.
And the development in question’s exciting circular design, which is less than a year old, harks back to the futuristic sci-fi ideas of the 1970s, as seen in British TV series Space 1999’s Moonbase Alpha – especially when seen from space!
No wonder then, perhaps, that the very futuristic Christ Church C of E Primary School in Leamore has now been awarded the prestigious BREEAM Excellent rating for energy efficiency and environmental performance.
The school, built by Walsall Council in partnership with Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, cost £5 million to build and replaces the old, derelict rooms of the previous school building that were considered to small too meet the needs of the staff and pupils.
The new building is the first circular construction in Walsall and now caters to the educational needs of the 230 pupils that currently attend.
The BREEAM Excellent rating itself is given to buildings that have a low environmental impact and improve working and living environments. The assessment is done on a scoring system that takes into account many environmental and sustainability issues.
Winning the award took a great deal of work from all parties involved and is a massive boost for the community.
Walsall Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services Councillor Rachel Andrew said:
“I am thrilled to hear the outcome of the assessment of this school’s environmental impact for the pupils, staff and the wider community. This school provides a unique learning environment and it is great that it’s positive for the environment too. I would like to personally congratulate everyone who was involved in such obtaining the certification.”
She also added: “It just goes to show what Walsall schools can achieve.”
Joanna Darby of Willmott Dixon commented that “It is rare a building achieves this rating post-construction.”
Headteacher Ann Lowe said: “The staff and pupils are all very glad and welcoming of the outcome and we would like to extend our thanks to all the developers and architects involved in the planning and building process.