Building contractor Pave Aways has completed work on the first-ever Passivhaus school to be built for Powys County Council in Wales.
For a building to be certified as a Passivhaus, it must be built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany and can achieve a 75% reduction in space heating requirements, compared to standard practice for a UK new build.
Pave Aways has now handed the keys to the local council after completing the main works to the pioneering Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School.
Commenting on the development, Steven Owen, Managing Director of Pave Aways, said: “This scheme will provide a contemporary and energy-efficient school that will serve the children of Welshpool well for years to come.
“It has given a huge boost to the local economy, supporting a large number of jobs on-site and through our supply chain, as well as upskilling many trades who had never worked on a Passivhaus scheme before.
“Producing a building of this size that reaches these high standards is a big achievement and one that everyone who has worked on the school should be proud of.”
The school, which will open for 360 pupils in January, has been built as part of the council’s Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys and is being funded by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme with 50% of the cost coming from Powys County Council.
The Wrexham-headquartered Pave Aways took over the build following the collapse of the original contractor Dawnus, and are currently working on two other Passivhaus schemes for the council.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: “I’m delighted that we have received the keys for the new Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School.
“This new school is an important part of our strategy to transform education in Powys and will provide a learning environment that will allow learners and teaching staff to thrive and reach their potential.”
Featured Image: (L-R) Pave Aways Business Development Director Paul Moran, Head Teacher Justine Baldwin and Cllr Phyl Davies, Powys County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Property at the handover of the new Welshpool Church in Wales School.