Work on the new classroom block at Meole Brace School is continuing well and is now getting close to completion, programmed for the end of November. The building represents a huge step forward in energy efficient construction as it is built to the internationally recognised Passivhaus standard. This will be the first educational building in Shropshire to achieve this and it represents a genuine commitment by Shropshire Council to respond to the climate change crisis.
The building is being finished in Rockpanel ‘Chameleon’. This very striking cladding has a crystal layer that changes colour depending the angle it is viewed from and the effect of the sun. The scaffolding around the building has just been removed which has now allowed us to appreciate the full effect of this remarkable material.
The building represents an ambitious step forward for the Council and PSG and we envisage this low-energy approach being adopted more widely in future projects in the years to come.