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Newton Leys Farm Primary School, Milton Keynes

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Design team:


Milton Keynes Council


Synergy Architects

Main Contractor: 

Willmott Dixon Construction

M&E Constultant: 

Building Services Design


Milton Keynes Council wanted to deliver a primary school that would serve the rapidly growing Netwon Leys Development. The school would accommodate 630 children aged 4 to 11 years and would also include a nursery that would provide 78 early years places.
Newton Leys is one of the many schools that the Council is constructing over the next few years with the aim of providing 10,000 places to meet demand of the growing population.


BSD were asked to provide an M&E solution that would be functional and cost effective but more importantly meet the EFA (Education Funding Authority) F.O.S (Facilities Output Specification). With an already pre-determined design one of our challenges was the lack of distribution space and restrictions in building heights.

It was also essential that we met with the 10% renewables planning conditions and therefore decided to implement Air Source Heat Pumps to satisfy this requirement.


One of the many advantages of specifying air source pumps was that underfloor heating could be used in conjunction with the ASHP, this can be employed to maximise the low temperature grade medium.

To overcome and eliminate the possibility of any clashes and construction co-ordination problems we used a fully co-ordinated BIM model to act as a design/cost tool prior to going on site.

Low Zero Carbon passive design measures have also been incorporated into our design. These include a natural ventilation strategy with night cooling – (purge excess heat and cool the building fabric). Daylight harvesting – daylight was utilised to offset the amount of electric lighting needed to light all rooms, in order to reduce energy consumption. All luminairies are controlled by photocell sensors.


The building has been designed to surpass Part L Building regulations, without renewable energy generators installed. Future installation of Solar PV provisions have been made if future carbon offsets are desired.

We achieved an EPC rating of A and BREEAM rating of Very Good.

Images courtesy of Synergy Architects
Images courtesy of Synergy Architects
Images courtesy of Synergy Architects
Images courtesy of Synergy Architects
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