Preston Manor School, London

Client: London Borough of Brent Council

GreenBuild Services: BREEAM

Location: London, England

A new two-form entry primary school with learning facilities for children from reception age to the end of year 6. The facilities comprise 14 standard classrooms, a design and technology classroom, a library, a main hall and small hall.

The main halls have been located such that they are available for out of school uses and include a single badminton court. An extensive 600sq m green roof with an attenuation layer consists of sedum plants, and photovoltaic panels. The roof promotes biodiversity and was specifically planted to attract bees, butterflies and insects.

The natural cycle of plant growth, self-seeding and stress-selection lends to ecological systems with unique character. The roof is an integral part of the new school design, the photo voltaic panels visible from outside play areas, leads to passive learning and a sustainable development for the pupils and community to enjoy.

The design is also environmentally conscious and energy efficient involving a low carbon construction of cross laminated timber. The project gained BREEAM (2008) ‘Excellent’ and underwent a Post Occupancy Evaluation phase which granted the school to be shortlisted for the CIBSE Awards in 2013.