Bouygues UK awarded London’s first Passivhaus School

12 March 2014

Bouygues UK announces that it has been awarded a £5 million contract by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for the refurbishment of Stebon Primary School. The school will be the first Passivhaus School in London and only the sixth in the UK to be delivered under the highly sustainable Passivhaus standards, which are more traditionally used in house building.

Under the contract, Bouygues UK will undertake the refurbishment of existing facilities, together with the construction of a new extension to the school. Throughout the project, the company will work closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to deliver a school that when complete, in December 2014, will see the children of Stebon Primary learning in some of the greenest classrooms in the UK.

Passivhaus schools’ high levels of daylight and improved indoor air quality have been shown to make children more attentive and to improve learning. In addition, high levels of insulation have also proved to dramatically reduce energy consumption and heating bills for the school. The new extension to the school will have annual energy consumption 67 percent lower than a typical new build school, together with a 65 percent reduction in carbon emissions each year.

Arnaud Bekaert, Managing Director of Bouygues UK’s London and South East Construction team, said: “We are very proud to be delivering the first Passivhaus School in London. Stebon Primary School is an excellent example of Bouygues UK’s commitment to continually seek out and use innovative green technologies, materials and construction techniques.”

Jeremy Iver and Joanna Franklin, co-heads of Stebon Primary School, said: “We wanted a school that was simple, environmentally-friendly and created a comfortable educational environment for the children. The Passivhaus design meets all of these needs and, in fact, exceeds them.”

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, added: “Education is one of our top priorities and this project will provide much-needed extra school places for local children and create an improved learning environment. We are delighted to commission the first school in London being built to the Passivhaus standard.”


Picture captions:- Artists impression of Stebon Primary School

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Notes to Editors:

Bouygues UK operates under the following Management Units; Construction, Housing and Thomas Vale, and our property development and regeneration company, Bouygues Development. In recent years, we have increased our presence in the UK through the acquisition of Warings, Thomas Vale, Leadbitter and Denne. These, together with our existing operations, position us as a major British player with a combined turnover of around £800 million, approximately 150 sites and 1500 people.

Both the Construction and Housing Management Units are structured to incorporate the activities of those businesses we have acquired with those that already existed in Bouygues UK. Leadbitter, Denne and Thomas Vale continue to trade as their legal registered entities. However, organising the relevant market skills and expertise within these companies under the disciplines of Construction and Housing enhances the service that we provide to our customers and the communities in which we work.

Delivering innovative and sustainable construction across a wide range of sectors, we are fully committed to intelligent management throughout the entire life-cycle of each project – guaranteeing efficiency and excellence.

Our unrivalled technical project solutions, combined with the strong financial position of our Group, are key differentiators. As a national business, we recognise the importance of providing a local focus when delivering our projects, with a particular emphasis on local purchasing and employment. We are proud that our project teams consistently receive awards for ethical and considerate construction practices.

Through our long-term commitment to our clients and stakeholders, we are Shaping a Better Life through our global strength and local focus.

Bouygues UK is wholly owned by Bouygues Bâtiment International, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction. As a global player in construction and services, Bouygues Construction designs, builds and operates buildings and structures which improve the quality of people’s living and working environment: public and private buildings, transport infrastructures and energy and communications networks. A leader in sustainable construction, the Group and its 52,200 employees have a long-term commitment to helping their customers shape a better life. In 2013, Bouygues Construction generated sales of 11.1 billion Euros.