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Wales' first carbon neutral school built from straw bales

19 Oct 11 Willmott Dixon has completed Wales’ first carbon neutral school building.

Willmott Dixon has completed Wales’ first carbon neutral school building.

The £1.5m Learning Plaza at Castle Park Primary School in Caldicot will provide flexible, multi-functional space for staff and pupils.

Designed and constructed from sustainable techniques, the Learning Plaza uses straw bales grown in local farm fields to create construction panels known as ModCell, used for the external walls of the building to deliver excellent thermal efficiencies.

Willmott Dixon has worked in partnership with Monmouthshire’s 21st Century Schools Team and Property Services on the design, build and unveiling of the Learning Plaza in Monmouthshire.

Adrian Brewer, regional director of Willmott Dixon in Wales, said: “This has been a particularly special project to be involved with, not only because it is the first of its kind in Wales, but also because of the pioneering construction methods we were able to implement throughout.”

The Learning Plaza will now be used by up to 60 pupils at a time. Areas on site have been specially designed for both indoor and outdoor learning, enabling the school to provide personalised learning that will help to prepare children for the transition from Primary to Secondary school, and further into higher education and employability. 

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