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Completed: dm3 reveals 'off-grid' school addition

[First look] Bath-based dm3 architecture has completed this £360,000 stand-alone classroom block at Roe Green Junior School, in Kingsbury, North London

The scheme was built almost entirely from prefabricated, solid timber and is clad in locally sourced sweet chestnut cladding.

The architect’s view

The design for RoeGreen Junior School in Kingsbury, was the result of an exciting client brief for a building that demonstrates zero carbon thinking and ‘makes visible’ sustainable construction. The design and construction process involved the school children, allowing them to question the Design Consultants, Planners and the Builders. Using solid timber prefabricated panels, wood fibre insulation, natural daylight and natural ventilation the building is a breathable, natural learning environment. Named ‘Evergreen’ through a school wide naming competition, the building achieved an A13 EPC carbon rating in conjunction with the high levels of embodied carbon, should achieve a zero carbon footprint for its anticipated life time.

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