Galliford Try to build zero-carbon Huddersfield school for DfE

Galliford Try has scooped a £25m job to construct a net-zero-carbon college building in Huddersfield.

The four-storey building at Greenhead College will provide new teaching facilities, social spaces and catering areas at the higher-education centre.

Galliford Try said the building will use low-carbon materials and feature LED lighting, as well as heat-recovery and passive ventilation systems to minimise energy use. Photovoltaic panels will be installed to generate electricity.

The firm has already begun work on the new building and expects to complete it by the spring of 2025. The client is the Department for Education (DfE) and the project forms part of the department’s pilot programme, which aims to deliver new buildings that emit net-zero carbon in operation.

Galliford Try education director Claire Jackson said the award of the contract shows the business is “at the very forefront” of the government’s focus on net-zero developments.

“Through undertaking projects like Greenhead College, we can continue to develop that learning and expertise in education building to ensure that we can face the targets the country has set itself on net-zero carbon with confidence,” she added.

In November 2021, Galliford Try was awarded the contract to deliver a special needs school in south London, which is also part of the DfE pilot programme. Work on the Marjorie McClure Special Needs and Disability School has since begun and is set for completion in early 2023.

Also in November, contractor Bam Construct won a £30m contract to deliver a green ‘pathfinder’ school in Warwickshire, which is intended to establish sustainability standards for future buildings.

In June 2021, Galliford Try committed to reaching operational net-zero by 2030, and to making all of its work net-zero by no later than 2045.

Pressure on contractors to embrace sustainability targets also ramped up last month. Build UK changed its set of questions for contractor pre-qualification, meaning contractors signed up to use the questionnaires will need to set out their plans for sustainability, as well as on diversity and cyber-security, when bidding for contracts.

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