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Renewable energy in new schools project

A £12 million contract to build replacement schools on the sites of existing primary schools near Durham has been won by Sir Robert McAlpine.

The contractor will demolish the existing Esh Winning and Brandon primary schools in order for the new low carbon facilities to be built.

They will be among the first schools to be classified as “outstanding” under BREEAM guidelines, achieving a 90% reduction in carbon footprint compared to 2002 Building Regulations.

There will be accommodation for 390 pupils at the larger 2,800 sq m Brandon Primary School, as well as a 26-place nursery and a 28-place day care facility.

There will be space for 270 pupils at the new 2,700 sq m Esh Winning Primary School. There will also be a 39-place nursery.

A library and rooms for local groups and training will be accommodated within the community facilities.

There will be a host of sustainability features at the schools, including earth tubes, solar water heating, photovoltaic panels and bio mass boilers.