School revamp award bid
PUBLISHED: 14:57 25 August 2010 | UPDATED: 14:58 25 August 2010
A revamped primary school has been shortlisted for a national building award after picking up another prize earlier this year.
The new Upton Primary School building, in Upton Road, Bexleyheath, which was opened in March this year, is in the running for the Local Authority Building Control award, together with 10 other projects from across the country.
The new school buildings now incorporates a children’s centre which will bring together a range of services for children from birth to five years.
Architects have maximised natural daylight and ventilation and the school is heated by a bio-mass boiler which is a low carbon technology using efficient wood pellets as a renewable energy source.
There are also flexible teaching and learning areas to allow for work between classes and across year groups with direct links from classrooms to outside learning areas. Each classroom also has its own planted bed cultivated by the children.
And heating throughout the school is supplied via low temperature underfloor heating.