The school is to be a single storey building, which will accommodate 20 primary aged pupils and requires three distinct sections. One section is for children with complex social communication needs, including children with severe autism and children with significant emotional dysregulation; the second section is for children with a variety of SEND, including EYFS pupils; and the third section is for whole-school shared activities.

The proposed development is targeting BREEAM credits under the New Construction scheme. The new building design has been developed on behalf of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council in support of the proposed new SEND primary school at Tameside. It demonstrates the performance with Approved Document Part L2A, conservation of fuel and power. The Proposed Development consists of a single storey SEND primary school. The Proposed Development will have a reduced effect on climate change by reducing CO2 emissions associated with energy use in line with national and local policy as stated within Building Regulations Part L2A and through the building’s BREEAM 2018 Excellent target rating.

Optimizing the developments fabric is seen to be the most robust and effective way to improve energy efficiency and in turn reduce carbon emissions whilst also impacting thermal comfort. The performance of the envelope i.e. material performance is unlikely to deteriorate significantly with time and therefore the benefits of these measures will continue at a similar performance for the duration of their installation. The performance of the glazing has also been carefully considered to maximize natural daylight penetration to reduce the reliance of artificial lighting whilst also allowing a controlled amount of passive solar heating. Useful solar heat gain reduces heating demand in winter but with careful consideration to the glazing specification, this will help limit solar gain in the summer which would therefore reduce the potential risk of glare and overheating. Shading had been included on the facades to mitigate the risk of overheating within the occupied zones of the development.

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