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Chaddesley Corbett School

28 May 2012
Walling Products

Worcester County Council :
Location : Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire
Architects: Boughton Butler LLP
Contractors: A & H Construction

Built using 365mm Porotherm blocks, Chaddesley Corbett Primary school is one of the most environmentally sound new schools in the country.

Under the Wyre Forest Review the existing Victorian school needs to be expanded to enable a district move from a three tier to two tier education system. The existing school site is not large enough to accommodate this expansion and so a new site, close to the village, has been identified after extensive research and consultation.

The new exemplar school is to be located in the Green Belt as there are no free sites within the village settlement boundary. The school will be of a high ecologically and educational standard, using renewable CHP energy systems and will be partly buried within the slope of the hill. It will also feature a turf roof to enable it to blend into the countryside.

Porotherm was chosen due to its excellent thermal performance and the speed of construction. The build time for the shell was cut from over 20 weeks to 8 weeks and resulted in huge cost savings to the client.

Having tried other clay block systems we recognize that Porotherm is a first class product and the best on the UK market. Boughton Butler specify Porotherm clay blocks for more and more projects as they achieve outstanding thermal performance combined with crucial thermal mass.

On site the project benefits from the fast construction, becoming water tight quickly and facilitating follow-on trades. All this is backed up with great technical support, fast response times, operative training and punctual delivery.

Ian Butler
Director of Architecture
Boughton Butler LLP
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