Morgan Sindall to deliver Suffolk’s first net zero primary school

Plans for the new net zero school in Lakenheath

Morgan Sindall Construction’s Eastern Counties business, alongside design and property consultants Concertus, has been appointed to deliver a 420-place net zero primary school and pre-school in Lakenheath. 

The scheme is being provided for Suffolk County Council, as it looks to meet the region’s demand for pupil places.  

Procured through the Suffolk Construction and Building Services Framework, the new 1,500 sq ft building is set to become the first net zero in operation primary school within the region.  

The Lakenheath Primary and Pre-School will span two-storeys, with state-of-the-art leisure and sporting facilities. The two-form entry primary school will also include a new 30-place nursery onsite.  

To achieve its net zero in operation status, the project team will utilise Morgan Sindall’s in-house carbon reduction tool CarboniCa throughout construction to manage and reduce carbon output.  

The development of Lakenheath Primary and Pre-School will meet a heightened demand for early and primary years education in the area, which has been driven by the planned construction of 375 new homes nearby. 

As part of Morgan Sindall’s Intelligent Solutions approach, extra consideration has been given to the ecology and acoustics within the primary school. 

A biodiversity area is being provided as part of the plan and extra attention is being made to the project's acoustics, due to the site's close vicinity of RAF Lakenheath. 

Throughout the construction, the project team plan on engaging with other local schools, colleges and the wider community, to ensure a positive impact is made on Lakenheath.  

Having delivered a number of educational facilities across the east of England, Morgan Sindall has a strong track record in creating schools tailored to the demands of the local area, and which provide as much social benefit for the community as possible. 

Alister Broadberry, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction in the Eastern Counties, said: “Morgan Sindall understands the important role that educational facilities have in the formative years of young people’s lives, and the importance of providing them with first class facilities that enables them to fulfil their potential. 

“As a local business, we understand how much this development is required and the important role it will play for the growing population of Lakenheath. We are excited to get started and engage with the local community to ensure that this school supports them for many generations to come.”   

Councillor Rachel Hood, cabinet member for education, SEND and skills at Suffolk County Council, added: “This is an important and exciting project providing a much-needed facility for Lakenheath Primary School to relocate and expand. This will also be Suffolk County Council’s first net zero primary school.” 

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