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Walk-out threat over hot schools

Teachers are threatening to walk out of three newly built schools in Bradford due to overheating problems, which have seen temperatures rise to over 35°C, causing three pupils to faint

At Tong High, designed by Anshen + Allen as part of Bradford’s £400 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF)programme, three rooms had to be closed off in the recent heat- wave, and pupils and staff moved to cooler parts of the building. 

The National Union of Teachers has reported similar issues at sister BSF projects Titus Salt school in Baildon (also by Anshen + Allen) and architecture plb’s Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College.

But Dean Murphy, senior associate of Anshen + Allen and the project architect for Titus Salt, has defended the schools. He said: ‘Titus Salt School was thermally modelled by the M&E consultant to ensure that the internal temperature would be at acceptable levels for a naturally ventilated academic building.The temperatures have not risen above 26°C.’ He added: ‘At Tong there was a problem with the underfloor heating, which is an issue for the contractor.’

Miriam Murch, health and safety advisor to the Bradford branch of the NUT, maintains that temperatures have repeatedly risen above 28°C and has tabled a union motion to teachers to shut schools if temperatures rise above 26°C in September.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Well what do you know, how many times do people have to be told that if you cut costs quality ends up suffering - impossible deadlines, too many 'specialists' having a portion of the fee and not delivering - it all adds up in the end.

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  • I'd have liked to at least heard what the unions said.

    That's what you get when you build greenhouses. Kids aren't tomatoes. Or geraniums. Or peas.

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