Galliford Try wins further Net Zero school scheme

Topic Projects, Carbon, Sustainability

Date 09 May 2022

Galliford Try has been appointed to a new project under the Department for Education (DfE) Net Zero Carbon in Operation (NZCIO) scheme, cementing the business’s place as one of the leading low carbon contractors in the education sector.

The project will see the creation of a new four-storey net zero carbon in operation building for Greenhead College in Huddersfield, providing new teaching facilities. New catering facilities and social spaces will also be built, replacing the existing main hall of the college.

The £25m project adopts a fabric-first approach, utilising low-carbon materials, with the building envelope designed with air tightness and energy efficiency at the very forefront. Passive ventilation and heat recovery keeps energy use low, while LED lighting and low energy services are combined with a building management system to ensure that consumption is closely monitored. Photo Voltaic (PV) panels will also be used to assist the energy supply to the new buildings.

Galliford Try are already working on a separate sustainability pilot scheme project for the DfE, with work currently underway at the Marjorie McClure school in Bromley, London.

Cliff Wheatley, Managing Director of Galliford Try Building North East and Yorkshire, who will be responsible for constructing the new facilities, commented: “Throughout our region, Galliford Try has established a fantastic reputation in the education sector, and I am delighted that we will be working on this project, at the cutting edge of school buildings. We look forward to collaborating with the college and all the stakeholders involved to produce a high-quality facility for the students and staff.”

Claire Jackson, Education Director for Galliford Try, said: “This is yet another project that Galliford Try has been awarded with net zero carbon targets, demonstrating that our business is at the very forefront of developments in this key area of focus for the government and public sector bodies.

“Through undertaking projects like Greenhead College we can continue to develop that learning and expertise in education building to ensure that we can face the targets the country has set itself on net zero carbon with confidence.”