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Leigh Technology Academy



Department for Children, Schools, and Families.



12,000m2 new build Academy.

The Academy will accommodate 1,500 secondary school students from 11 to 18 year old.



Green Street Green Road
Dartford,, Kent, DA1 1QE




Conduct a BREEAM Schools Design & Procurement and a Post-Construction Assessments and advise on achieving a “Very Good” sustainability rating.



While still at a concept stage, we were appointed by the UK Department for Children, Schools, and Families (previously known as Department for Education and Skills) as sustainability consultants to ensure that both BREEAM assessments—during design and post-works completion—obtain a “Very Good” environmental and sustainability rating.

Our role was to make sure that the whole design team was working towards achieving this rating, by incorporating measures that promote sustainable development, in the social, educational, and environmental fields.

Throughout the design phase of project, we looked closely at the following issues: Pollution, transport, energy usage, indoor health and well-Being, ecology & land use, choice of eco-friendly or less polluting materials, water consumption, and site and building management. Taking into account the technical, budget, and location constraints of the project, we advised on the possible ways of achieving the “Very Good” rating.

The Academy will be receiving the Design & Procurement BREEAM Very Good certification early 2008.





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 Leigh Technology Academy


Article from Buidlding Services Journal, the magazine of CIBSE












The Leigh Technology Academy scored as follows for each of the BREEAM sustainability categories:


Pollution 75%

Management 75%

Water 71%

Health & Well-Being 58%

Transport 50%

Materials & Waste 47%

Energy 40%

Land Use & Ecology 38%

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