Kier completes construction of net-zero school building in Merseyside

  • 17th April 2024

Kier has completed the construction of a new net-zero carbon in operation high school building in Merseyside.

Deyes High School in Maghull was selected as one of the first 50 schools in the UK to receive investment from the Department for Education’s School Rebuilding Programme.

And this week, Kier handed over the completed 10,000sq m school to Lydiate Learning Trust and Deyes High School.

The modern building spans three floors and boasts a host of state-of-the-art facilities, including high-tech classrooms, specialist science laboratories, a learning resource centre, an art studio, and a multi-use games area.

The new building is net zero carbon in operation, with photovoltaic panels for solar power, hybrid natural vent units, and three air source heat pumps.

And the school grounds feature large playing fields and sports pitches, a wildlife garden, a nature trail, and a habitat area to support learning and promote wellbeing for its 1,400 students.

Construction of the new school commenced in August 2022 and has been completed on time and within budget.

The next phase of the project involves the demolition of the old school buildings and is scheduled to begin later this month.

“We are thrilled to have successfully delivered this fantastic net-zero carbon school for the Department for Education and the local Deyes High School community,” said Sarah Morton, regional director for Kier Construction North and Scotland.

“Net zero is high on everyone’s agenda and we are proud to have incorporated sustainable design features into this new facility.”

Victoria Beaney, head of school at Deyes High School, added: “Our state-of-the-art new school looks amazing and will allow us to combine our tradition of academic excellence and teaching innovation to engage, empower, and enable our students.

“The new building is a fantastic flagship school for our community and we look forward to welcoming our students to the start of summer term.”

All work, including the construction of new sports facilities, is expected to be completed by spring 2025.


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