Inclusive Low Carbon Environments

Time: 12:15 - 13:15

Date: Day 1


How low carbon design can enhance the environment within a SEND school and contribute to the overall wellbeing


Claire Jackson, Education Director, Galliford Try

Allan Smith, Low Carbon Manager, Morrison Construction

This presentation will explore how low carbon design can enhance the environment within a SEND school and contribute to the overall wellbeing. We will also consider where they might be competing drivers within a SEND setting for a sustainable design.
We will look at thermal comfort, acoustic requirements and energy usage and how these can all be enhanced with a sustainable design to the benefit of the school and students.

Marjorie McClure School is a new build SEND school in London Borough of Bromley for students aged 4 to 19 with a range of different complex needs which include physical, medical and/or moderate or profound learning difficulties and disabilities.
The School has been selected to be part of a Sustainability Pilot by the Department for Education with the key drivers of; Reducing Energy Demand, Greening the School Estate and Creating Resilient New Schools.

The Beatlie School Campus provides education for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years of age with severe and complex educational needs and profound medical needs in West Lothian. The new school will meet the exacting standards of sustainability and low carbon and thermal comfort targets set by the Scottish Futures Trust Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP).

Learning Points:

  1. The case studies will show how sustainability has been integrated within the designs and the overlapping and multiple benefits.

Journey to achieving Passivhaus on SEN Schools


Catherine Ward, Associate, SEN Lead at HLM Architects

Ian Snowden/Jason Fitzsimmons, Passivhaus Consultants, Gale and Snowden

As part of the DfE Sustainability Pathfinder programme, HLM and G&S were commissioned as part of a contractor-led team to design and deliver the World’s first* Passivhaus SEN School. To be managed and operated by the highly, respected Wellspring Trust, the school is a non-ambulant special school located in Scunthorpe.

This talk will explain our journey so far, in designing a SEN school that is to achieve Passivhaus Classic, whilst meeting the stringent requirements of the DfE Output Specification and the School Specific Brief. The school has a number of bespoke areas, that generated a number of challenges in regards to Passivhaus, including a hydrotherapy suite.

Learning Points: 

  1. We will outline some of the challenges in meeting Passivhaus for SEN settings as well as achieving compliance with the DfE Output Specification, including the practical considerations of incorporating a hydrotherapy pool into a Passivhaus building
    2. We will discuss some of the benefits meeting Passivhaus will bring to the SEN setting including well-being aspects for SEN pupils and staff
    3. We will discuss how we balanced achieving Passivhaus standards whilst delivering the School Specific Brief, without compromising the Trust’s curriculum delivery



  • Allan Smith Low Carbon Manager - Morrison Construction
  • Claire Jackson Education Director - Galliford Try
  • Catherine Ward SEN Lead - HLM Architects


  • Mark Brown Consultant - TG Escapes - modular eco-buildings

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